The Clan of Enosh
Ahgendai secretly observe Shaemdiel’s labors – Shaemdiel takes pity on man: begins
teaching Enosh – Shaemdiel gathers his lineage and reveals plans for First Man –
The dispensations of Shaemdiel – Making man good through Immediate Recompense – Separating
man through knowledge – Shaemdiel forges an oracle from his children’s burdens –
The Enoshahim versus the screelings – Shaemdiel teaches Enosh: a tribe is formed
– The Demiurge and Shaemdiel – Shaemdiel teaches Enosh about tribal law and custom
– The Law of Immediate Recompense – Enosh returns to her clan, gaining honor and
respect – Enosh demonstrates the use of the atlatl and reveals the source of her
knowledge – The clan marvels at Enosh’s teachings – Enosh is appointed shaman of
her clan – The battle of the baboons – Enosh speaks of far horizons – Progressing
from clan to tribe
1 To the world of the First Power came the very Ahgendai, both the Father and his
Daughter, to see for themselves the labors of Shaemdiel and all those which followed
after; to view midst calm reflections the designs of the Fallen upon the world of
man, and of their relationship to the very Demiurge.
2 And hiding themselves within the folds of time, the Azraella and Mahaleenah did
most quietly observe, and all which they saw did the Father write upon the pages
of his mind; to be for him a record which he might always remember; that through
his recollections he might establish the paths of some future redemption.
3 Now in the beginning did Jehovah-Yahweh seek to rule, proclaiming himself to be
as god before the frightened clans of man; which men did tremble before the dark
and billowing presence which boiled and raged before them; demanding of them a quick
and servile obedience filled with many burdens.
4 For this Jehovah-Yahweh is a boastful lad, filled with great pretensions, ever
grasping and filled with harsh demands; and going throughout the valley and delta
of the river Nile, he did cause all men to bow before him lest he should kill them
upon a whim.
5 But there followed after Jehovah-Yahweh, Shaemdiel the Fallen, and seeing for
himself the plight of man he did take pity, and quietly did he go forth to succor
and ennoble; and finding the woman Enosh, he began through most subtle means to uplift
the heart of man;
6 Finding in the primitive clans of man the seed from which civilization might begin
to grow; being enticed through utmost care to flourish and take hold upon the banks
of the river Nile, giving to Shaemdiel an opportunity filled with challenge.
7 Thus did Shaemdiel seize for himself the opportunity found in the woman Enosh,
becoming to her and all her clan even as a wise and caring benefactor, proving himself
diligent in overseeing the passing of their days; shielding them constantly from
such harm as Jehovah-Yahweh would think to heap upon them.
8 Now it came about that Shaemdiel gathered to himself even all those who followed
after him, both sons and daughters, and in great earnest he spoke to them, saying:
“Rejoice, my children, and despair no longer; for this day shall I place before you
a good and noble purpose.
9 For now are we in a world where God is not, being itself uncreated and untouched
by those who cast us out; possessing throughout its vast creations no goal or purpose
other than what we ourselves should give it.
10 Let us now seize the moment before us, and with most deliberate care place upon
the world of man a foundation upon which we might build something greater still;
creating from out of the midst of primitive man, a race worthy of God’s attention.
11 For we shall create through slow degrees, a civilization without peer, causing
that all who live within should prove themselves most holy and devout; for it is
we who shall make all men good, and this through the Law of Immediate Recompense.
12 Be you therefore most fully resolved in the working of my design, for this day
shall I begin the dispensations of Shaemdiel, which dispensations shall far exceed
the dispensations of ages past; to prove beyond all disputation that I alone was
13 In that day shall the Elohim repent the evil done against us, to admit themselves
before the Gods of Heaven their haste in passing judgment; causing that we should
reclaim our just and former place, while the Elohim will be themselves rebuked by
the Supreme and Sovereign God.
14 Why then should you fear the growlings of the Demiurge? Why then should you think
yourselves unable; to act no more than passing shadows which peep and hide for fear
of being seen or felt upon this world which lies beyond the reach of God?
15 Stand you forth now most bravely proud and in the heart no longer droop because
of great despair, for once we stood as Lords and Gods within the realms of light;
and if it so be that you should place your hand with mine, then once again the crown
you’ll wear and in the Heaven’s reign.
16 Consider then how we shall prove advantaged because of our disaccommodation,
for we now are spirit only, having been made separate from all celestial glory; being
ourselves cast down upon this world where the Demiurge would seek to force a bitter
rule upon the house of man.
17 Let us therefore counter such measures as Jehovah would seek to use, taking away
from his dominion as many of the clans of man as would heed our voice instead, finding
in all our doings a good and hopeful care; causing that they should reject Jehovah
while yet they favor us.
18 And if it so be that the Demiurge would seek to rage against us, then shall I
alone go forth to battle while yet you continue on; teaching by careful measure,
such things as will benefit those who would follow after us.
19 For already have I instructed Enosh in the use and mastery of fire causing that
she should be held in high regard by the people of her clan; making for us an ally
in affecting the ways of man, to direct towards some greater purpose the evolution
of her kind.
20 Thus by slow and sure degrees shall we create a newer house of man, placing into
their hands such knowledge as will separate them from all other men; causing that
there should develop between those who follow us and those who follow Jehovah a great
schism, which schism we shall work to our advantage.
21 In this manner will we begin the dispensations of our own creating, being ourselves
most ever wise and deeply subtle; teaching by sure degrees the things we find most
helpful in lifting high the people of Enosh, causing that we should direct them to
still some brighter future.
22 Let us therefore set aside our anger against God, and with eager heart pursue
the course before us; to prove ourselves as most committed in the doing of some good;
for hate is but a dark distraction, and bitterness a dreadful burden which would
but break the mind to make the heart seem empty and filled with utter loss.
23 Come now children and place your hand in mine, for together shall we let go the
burden which would but now distract; for once we were as Lords and Gods which dwelled
within the light, and if we shall set our heart to doing good, then shall we some
brighter purpose make.
24 Release to me your anger and give to me your hate, for of these dark and vile
emotions would I an oracle fashion, to be for me a shield and weapon when fighting
dread Jehovah; causing that I should prove for you a great defender against the Demiurgos.”
25 So spoke Shaemdiel, and there gathered round about him even all his sons and
daughters, and upon Shaemdiel the Father did they release the burden of all their
hate and anger and bitterness; causing that of these things should Shaemdiel forge
an oracle which would prove for him a shield and weapon in withstanding the dreadful
ragings of Jehovah-Yahweh.
26 And when all was concluded, Shaemdiel sent away even all his following to search
throughout the lands of the earth; each looking for the clans of man, to find, each
to themselves, that one person who would take counsel, whether man or woman.
27 And finding those who would desire to be an ally unto Shaemdiel, even unto that
one would they give the name ‘Enosh’, regardless of their gender; causing that they
should be set apart and made distinct above all others within their clan.
28 Thus did there begin to evolve a great division among the primitive clans of
early man, causing that those who gave heed to the teachings of the spirits should
be called Enoshahim, while all those who would not give heed for fear of Jehovah-Yahweh,
even these became known as the ‘screelings’, being themselves wild and ignorant and
filled with brutish thoughts.
29 For Shaemdiel commanded that the Enoshahim should be advanced above the other
clans of man, commanding to each his sons and daughters that they teach unto the
Enoshahim the mastery of fire; and to this was given the use of the atlatl, sling,
boomerang and the arts of catching fish.
30 Yet even above all these things, Shaemdiel commanded that the Enoshahim be clothed
in the skins of animals, that they might no longer walk naked upon the earth; causing
that they should be protected from the wind and rain and bitter cold.
31 Now along the banks of the river Nile did Shaemdiel go seeking, and finding the
woman Enosh, he called for her to come and follow; and together did they walk along
the river’s edge; and to her did Shaemdiel teach the gathering of several clans together
to bind them into one, to fashion from many a tribe which would prove more efficient
in protecting and providing for all its several members.
32 For the screelings which dwelt in the lands round about did often attack the
clan of Enosh, for the screelings were made bitter and filled with envy and fear
against the Enoshahim; seeing in them a threat which would one day prove greater
33 But behind the depredations of the screelings moved the shadow of Jehovah, being
himself aware of the intentions of Shaemdiel and all those which followed after him;
causing that the Demiurge should likewise seek to frustrate Shaemdiel in the working
of his design.
34 Yet of all these things was Shaemdiel made quick aware, for often did Yaldabaoth
betray the musings of his son; to use the Fallen through subtle maneuvers in keeping
check the great ambitions of Jehovah-Yahweh, to retard his steps midst great aggravations.
35 Thus did Shaemdiel seek again the woman Enosh, to give to her a wise and cunning
plan whereby she might be greatly honored; placing into her hand the knowledge of
tribal law and custom; which very law and custom would bind the several clans, to
make them one instead.
36 Building through careful measures the beginning of a complex social structure,
being itself the first of many steps on the arduous road in creating civilization;
promoting through the rule of law and custom the good of the tribe above the individual.
37 For in the Law of Immediate Recompense was there no room for individuality, for
in the law was even all the tribe made to suffer because of the sins of one; causing
that every man and every woman should think and act for the good of all, and not
for themselves alone.
38 Know then that in this aspect is there a benefit found which would prove to the
good of all; to create a sense of oneness in the minds of all those who would live
within the larger group, to make of many, one mind, one heart, one soul; creating
within the tribe a sense of harmony bound by a single purpose.
39 Yet in the darker aspect of the law is neither benefit nor reward, for in the
law of Shaemdiel did he alone decide what was good and what was evil; taking away
from the group and the individual the right to know these things for themselves;
being themselves made subject to the rule of moral tyranny.
40 Which moral tyranny is an offense to God, being itself rooted in unrighteous
dominion, suppressing through the fear of punishment, the moral conscience of every
person within the larger group; to make of every man and every woman a silent partaker
in the doing of dark and hurtful things.
41 Now Shaemdiel taught Enosh for thirty days, teaching to her the making and using
of the atlatl and the arts of catching fish in the waters of the Nile; for the atlatl
would she give as a gift of knowledge to the men of her clan, and the art of catching
fish would she give to all the women.
42 And when Shaemdiel was concluded, Enosh returned again to her place, and in her
returning did all the members of her clan most greatly marvel; for all had thought
her dead, having herself fallen victim to the mighty beasts of prey, to become herself
as food for the belly.
43 And gathering to herself the hunters of the clan, she revealed the atlatl which
Shaemdiel himself had fashioned, and those which saw did wonder concerning the mystery
of its use; and taking up a spear she did work the base of it, to fit it to the atlatl.
44 And seeing a tree nearby, she did cast forth the spear with great sureness; and
with speed and power the spear did pierce deeply into the tree; and there was no
man within her clan who could by any means remove the spear from the tree.
45 Then did the whole clan together marvel, and there erupted a great excitement
filled with fear and awe together; and the chief hunter did ask of her, saying: “Tell
us Enosh: From whence came to you the working of this mystery? By what power did
you conceive it?”
46 Thus spoke the chief hunter, and in the hearing did all the clan grow quiet and
still, being most anxious to hear the words of Enosh; for towards her did all the
clan show reverence, to treat her with respect, finding in her doings the mystery
of hidden knowledge.
47 And Enosh spoke, saying: “There is a spirit who gently guides, who finds in us
some value. He it is who comes to me, who calls my name to draw me near; desiring
himself that he might guide us if we would just permit.
48 For the gift of fire did he give to us, that we might no longer fear the darkness.
Who then would here object that we should prove most grateful? For in the mastery
of the fire are we all made to benefit; seeing that by its heat we are protected
and kept warm, and our food do now we cook, to become itself purged of all impurities.
49 Look you now upon my raiment and behold the necklace which I do wear, causing
that I should be set apart above all others. In like manner would this wise and noble
spirit set you far above the ways of beasts, to become yourselves empowered and filled
with hidden knowledge.
50 For it was this good and kindly spirit which gave to me a name, which name even
you yourselves do also call me. If then you would permit that the spirit should likewise
guide you, even then shall you also have a name whereby you might be known and always
51 Thus did Enosh answer, and the whole clan did wonder and speak among themselves;
for many remembered how that in the years not long ago, the mate of Enosh did not
return from wandering down the Nile; and Enosh did herself go forth to find him.
52 And on that day when she went seeking was she no different than themselves, being
herself naked and filled with dread; but on the day when she returned was she made
to stand apart, being herself clothed and filled with calm assurance, bearing in
her hand the mystery of the fire.
53 Such did the people speak among themselves concerning all the things which they
remembered, and there turned to Enosh the chief hunter of the clan, and he spoke
to her, saying: “Who is this spirit that we might know him? How came you to meet
54 Enosh answered him saying: “In seeking for my mate did I hear a voice most sweetly
singing by the waters of the Nile; and going forth myself to see, I saw a man of
most delightful beauty sitting by a fire, and above the flames did he have cooking
a rich and savory meat which I myself did eat.
55 This then is the means by which I met the wise and kindly spirit. But of his
name you know already, having been darkly warned by fierce Jehovah to keep ourselves
away, lest we ourselves be tempted and incur his fearsome wrath…”
56 And so Enosh did speak to all her clan concerning the dark intent of cruel Jehovah
and of the goodness found in knowing the spirit which gave to her the gift of hidden
knowledge; and as Enosh spoke, the fear of Jehovah did ebb itself away to be replaced
by the seeds of hope and promise.
57 Thus throughout the coming days did Enosh teach the making and using of the atlatl;
and to this did she add the art of catching fish, teaching to the women of her clan
the weaving of nets and the making of willow baskets.
58 And all the clan did marvel at the knowledge of Enosh, having appointed her to
act as shaman for the people of her clan; for the people feared to hear for themselves
the speaking of the spirit, but chose instead that Enosh should hear it for them.
59 And the people did greatly flourish, providing to themselves an abundance of
meat. For the men of the clan became most fearsome hunters in the using of the spear
and the atlatl, while the women did harvest from the river a great many fish which
they caught within the net.
60 Thus did the clan prosper through the gifts which Shaemdiel gave through the
teachings of Enosh; for even now did the men and women begin to fashion for themselves
garments made from the skins of animals, to become themselves clothed and no longer
naked, causing that they should separate themselves from the clans of all other people.
61 And the months passed and the clan of Enosh continued to prosper, causing that
the lion and the leopard and all the beasts of prey should come to fear them; for
the Enoshahim were bold and cunning, having in their hands the spear and the atlatl;
and in their minds there began to grow a confidence filled with hope.
62 For Enosh had given as a gift to the women of her clan, and even to the children
also, the gift of the sling, causing that they too should prove able in chasing away
such predators as would stalk and lay about.
63 Now it came about that on a certain day, as the women were working by the waters
of the river Nile, there came upon them a fearsome troop of thirty baboons which
sought to war against the clan, being determined to feast upon the flesh of children.
64 But as one did all the women and all the children also pull forth their slings
and with angry zeal they rushed forth to battle; and there struck against the baboons
the hail of many stones, causing that four baboons should be killed and many others
65 And the men, returning from the hunt, did hear for themselves about the battle;
viewing with wonder the four baboons which had been killed; and on that night did
all the clan rejoice and feast beside the fire, permitting that each woman and every
child should tell again their story.
66 Now there came into the circle of light the woman Enosh, holding in her hand
the stave of power, which stave Shaemdiel himself did fashion, having worked upon
its surface a strange and curious design; and at the top of the stave did Shaemdiel
place a ruby stone finely cut and polished.
67 Thus in seeing that Enosh had come to stand in their midst, the clan did rejoice
to see her, and the chief hunter did stand before all the people, saying: “Speak
to us Enosh and we will hear; for by your knowledge are we delivered from that dark
and pressing fear which did but haunt us always.
68 Therefore, if you would desire to give us counsel, even we will quick obey, to
prove ourselves most benefited by the words which you would speak. What now does
the spirit Shaemdiel speak to you for the sake of all our good?”
69 And Enosh stood most strangely calm before the people, and stretching forth her
hand she spoke into the darkness round about the people, saying:
70 “Let now the earth be silent,
let the beasts be hushed and stilled,
moon and starry night
stand forth to be a witness.
71 For we the people of the clan
must rise above this moment,
to stand as one upon
and gaze at far horizons.
72 For we are few, our numbers small,
and enemies do surround us,
ever waiting in
to find in us a weakness.
73 Watching, plotting, careful waiting,
they prowl and crouch and slither,
circles drawing closer
they seek to quick surround us.
74 Let us now escape the trap
which others seek to use,
let us look at far horizons
see what we can do.
75 For in the shining distance,
beyond the things you see,
there lies that far horizon
dreams and visions meet.
76 There – beyond the darkness,
there – beyond our fears,
far beyond this land of
a song of dreams I hear.
77 Urgent singing from afar,
beyond the setting sun,
a song of dreams most gently
and we must give it heed.
78 The morning prince, I hear him singing,
Shaemdiel, prince of light;
giver of gifts,
in knowledge fashioned,
he calls for us to come.
79 So let us rise above this moment
let us step beyond ourselves,
letting go the past
which binds us,
to become ourselves the dream.
80 For we the people of the clan,
must work and labor hard,
ever climbing towards
to see the far horizon.
81 Not content to quite remain
as nature had intended,
but shall instead go far beyond
stand ourselves apart.”
82 Thus began the speaking of Enosh, revealing to the clan the building of a tribe,
causing that many clans should be bound together to be as one people upon the earth;
and all which heard became themselves amazed and filled with mighty wonder.