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Damnatio Memoriae

Now the most holy Prophet Travancus ordered the construction of the hall of those of accursed memory - for such was decreed by the Prophet-in-Council. And the Prophet-in-Council decreed who was to be placed therein - their name, their image, their form - even their body or bones or ashes, if such might be obtained - that their memory never be forgotten, but held always in infamy. And the Prophet-in-Council by decree appointed those to maintain the hall - but it was commanded, that no priestess or priest ever be among their number, neither any of the most holy Prophets. And the first among those who were therein entombed was Hobegordus, who ruled the town of Albarenca in the south-west, and who killed many among the people of the Cause, when he laid waste to the school of Ceratunus, which lay between New Tradicarus and Albarenca - but he fell in battle, and the forces of the cause being victorious, the took possession of his body. And later having conquered Albarenca, they brought his daughter Teravena to New Tradicarus, and the Prophet installed her in a pleasant house, with a beautiful garden, with many to wait upon her, and all the good things which life offers at her disposal. But when she heard of the hall in which her father was entombed, she went unto Travancus, complaining - You shame the memory of my father, but I am proud of the good he has done. But Travancus replied - As to the deeds he did in this branch, be ashamed of them as you ought, for they were contrary to the good - but what then of your desire to be proud of your father, whom you properly loved, even though he did such shameful things - should you repent entirely of that desire? By no means! For in another branch, he did not shameful deeds, but deeds of great goodness, of which one ought be rightly proud; or, having done shameful deeds, he turned from that path, and did many times greater good than he ever did evil. And behold, the great and holy Maratrea, who in accordance with her promises grants us knowledge of these other branches, after our deaths, that every true desire be fulfilled - she shall grant even you knowledge of this branch which you truly desire, after your death. But, he whom condemn is not he whom we praise - for in this branch is one who is condemned, in the hall of true condemnation - and the one who is praised, that one is in another.


Signification of the above

Since I fear the above might be subject to misinterpretation by some, let me provide some notes on its proper interpretation:
  • To those familiar with Roman history, it should be clear that the Latin phrase damnatio memoriae, meaning damnation of memory, refers to the process of removing the name and image of a deceased person from public places (such as inscriptions upon buildings); essentially, erasing all memory of them, as if they had never existed.
  • However, the practice proposed above is rather different; it is based, not on forgetting, but rather upon remembering
  • It is intended that this process only be applied to extremely evil people, such as Hitler, rapists and murderers
  • It does not involve killing anyone (Maratreanism is totally opposed to capital punishment); it is not done either to the living, but only to those already dead, however they may have died
  • It does not have any impact upon the soul of the person. The soul of the person shall proceed as Maratreanism teaches, through the chamber of purification of wickedness, but then onwards to the same reward which all receive
  • This passage was revealed to me when I was contemplating Isaiah 66:24, and should be seen as a response thereto: And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
  • Whereas most Christians interpret that passage as referring to everlasting punishment of the wicked, it is clear it speaks of their bodies not their souls; it is actually a reference to the practice described above. (By extension from their bodies, it applies also to their spirits, but not to their souls.)
  • Jesus' words, quoting Isaiah 66:24, should be understood in the same way. Jesus did not teach everlasting punishment of the wicked.
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