A Short Hıstory of Myths 4. Caın and Abel
Caın and Abel
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A different point of view to the event of Cain and Abel.
Big changes bring big fears together. It is said that history is the destruction process, because every development requires removing the former. It was what lived in the cities of Mesopotamia. Since the new buildings were built on the remains of the buildings that were built locally, the process of decay and renewal gave birth to the art of urban planning. Civilization lived in glorious but fragile measure. The city flourished at a terrible pace, spilled, but its collapse would have been quite rapid. One of the superb city states abused their opponents. Wars, massacres, exiles and revolutions were experienced.
People were always scared because they thought that the days of old barbarism would come again. New city myths which were fed with hope and complex skepticism were focused on endless contests between order and disorder.
It is not surprising that some see civilization as a disaster. According to the holy books, man was fired from heaven when he fell from God. The city’s life seemed to contain violence at its core, allowing it to kill and exploit. The first civilized man was Cain; First killer. His grandchildren created civilized arts.
Abel was the ancestor of the lovers of the lyre. Tubalcain “made all kinds of tools from bronze and iron.” The giant ziggurat and hanging gardens of Babylon had negative effects on the sons of Israel. They thought that this was the product of the desire to glorify themselves, this is the example of pagans’ arrogance
They called it Bavel or Babylon, because in order to punish them, God mixed up languages of the tribes and then scattered them over the whole earth.
At this point, I want to quote from Herman Hesse’s novel (Demain). He explained Cain and Abel in different perspective.
A dıfferent poınt of vıew to the event of Caın and Abel by Herman Hesse.
‘’Cain was a man of life. He is a ripper. I just believe that such a story is said because they were afraid of him. On the other hand, Cain and his children have a kind of ‘sign’ and they don’t similar with others, is a real story.
Of course the killing is real. A strong man killed a weak man. The person that Cain killed may not be his brother. Maybe it was a brave act maybe not. But certainly, Cain spread terror the hearts of coward people. The cowards complained about the circumstance, when asked them, ‘Why you didn’t kill him?’
They couldn’t say that we are coward people; we have no heart to do this. They answered: ‘How can we manage to kill him. God gave him a ‘sign’… The people with courage and character seem very scary to others.’
‘We, who have ‘a sign’, did not worry about to give direction to the future. We suppose every cult, every teaching were born dead and useless from the beginning.
There was only one thing we looked at as our duty and fate: men have to be himself, act as a harmony with nature and not go outside of the nature.’