Aristobulus and the Sacrifice of Swine

I came across the mythological basis for the Gospel story of "The Demoniac of Gadara".

"Demeter's swineherd magician Eubuleus was remembered in the Thesmophoria Festival at Eleusis, when live pigs were flung down a chasm in his honour."

"Grammarians associate the white parasol with a gypsum image of Athene. This recalls the white pharmacos dolls, called 'Argives' ('white men'), thrown into running water once a year at the May purification of temples; also the white cakes shaped like pigs, and made of flour mixed with gypsum, which were used in the Thesmophoria to replace the pig remains recovered from Eubuleus's chasm."

"Thes has the same meaning in Thesmophoria as in Theseus: namely 'tokens deposited' - in the baskets woven of wild asparagus and rush which Perigune sanctified. They were phallic tokens and the festival was an erotic one: this is justified by Theseus's seduction of Perigune."

Robert Graves, The Greek Myths, 96.2,4 (p 331)

"The Crone is Eubule ('good counsel'), the oracular goddess, whom Eubuleus the swineherd served at Eleusis."

The Greek Myths, 97.2 (p 335)

The names Eubuleus and Aristobulus are synonymous.

The goddess Artemis also bore the nickname Aristoboule.

The pig/boar was associated with the god Seth/Levi. The Herodian prince Aristobulus was of the line of Aristobulus, the third ("Levi") son of Herod of Great (according to the accounting of Josephus).

The story of the demoniac in the Gospels (Matt. 8, Mark 5, Luke 8) therefore encodes the Hellenistic name of Jesus of Nazareth, that being, Aristobulus (III), and also associates him with the pagan rite of Thesmophoria.

The implied mission of Jesus/Aristobulus was then to bring renewal to the land, not by entirely peaceful means, but traumatic upheaval. As Joe Atwill demonstrated in Caesar's Messiah, the "ministry" of Aristobulus was "completed" by another Jesus, the Roman Emperor Titus, who brutally crushed the Jewish people.

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