Reply To: Were myths ‘shamanic’ journeys … ?

True Owl

    Hi Dowrgi,

    Wow ! That is some list of places that Jesus was meant to have visited in Cornwall – I didn’t realise there was so many.

    I obviously heard about the legends of him going to Glastonbury, as a lad with his Uncle Joseph of Arimathea (a wealthy merchant & tin trader), and again when he was older in his missing years, with a longer stay to train in the ways of a druid. Glastonbury is full of legends & books about him visiting and starting up the very first church there. And that his mother Mary is buried there as well.

    It is amazing though to think that it was already written by Tertullian (an early Christian writer, born 155AD), that Christianity had reached Britain due to the journeying of disciples. If it is a myth then it is one that has been held dear by the locals for at least 1800 years or more; as by 1066, it was documented that areas of land around Glastonbury had historically never been subject to tax, as it had been given by the King of that part of England to Joseph of Arimathea, a 1,000 years earlier.

    Of course the following poem by William Blake (later, put to music), made the idea of Jesus in England very popular – great words.

    And did those feet in ancient time
    Walk upon England’s mountains green?
    And was the holy Lamb of God
    On England’s pleasant pastures seen?
    And did the countenance divine
    Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
    And was Jerusalem builded here
    Among those dark satanic mills?

    [‘Dark satanic mills’ referred to the industrial mills & factories of that time, associated with harsh working conditions & exploitation].