The Judas Goat: the Substitution of Christ on the Cross (cont.)
By Tracy R. Twyman
Indeed, Azazel was said to have been horned, and thus was identified with the goat. This deity is identical with that of Amon (or Ammon), the ram which was worshipped by the Egyptians, and which is symbolized by the Paschal Lamb. Amon, or Azazel, is also the “Goat of Mendes” upon which Baphomet, the idol worshipped by the Knights Templar, was based, as is the modern conception of Satan. In The Satanic Bible, Anton LaVey writes of “The Symbol of Baphomet” that:
“Through the Ages this symbol has been called by many different names. Among these are: The Goat of Mendes, The Goat of a Thousand Young, The Black Goat, The Judas Goat, and perhaps most appropriately, the Scapegoat.”
It is noteworthy that the term “Judas Goat” refers to a technique used on livestock farms in which one animal is used as a decoy to lead all of the other animals to the slaughterhouse.
The scapegoat ritual is thought of as a uniquely Judaic ritual, and yet it is most likely that a similar ritual was practiced by the Israelites and neighboring tribes long before it was recorded in Leviticus. There is an interesting article which can be found on lost-civilizations.net, named “The Horse Sacrifice”, which seems to link the scapegoat sacrifice to an even earlier ritual. This ritual was practiced in the ancient Indus Valley, and featured the dual sacrifice of a horse and a goat. According to the article, this ritual was a remnant of a rite originating in the lost continent of Atlantis, and it was performed when a king wished to declare himself the “Universal Monarch.” Thus by performing the ritual, the king was declaring war on anyone who opposed his absolute rule. (3) The two sacrifices, according to the article, represented the two mythological brothers whose feud over universal kingship led to the war that, the article claims, caused the downfall of Atlantis - the origin of the Cain and Abel archetype. Further layers of meaning link these two sacrifices to the risen and fallen Sun, or Atlantis sunken and arisen. The article states that some traditions regarded the two brothers as twins. In a subchapter called “The Origin of the Cross”, it states:
“Both sacrificial victims of the ashvamedha the horse and the goat were killed, impaled and roasted. Then the worshippers ate communally their roasted meat and the broth prepared from their remains. Before their sacrifice, the victims were tied to the sacrificial pole, called skambha or stambha or, yet, stavara.
The skambha (lit. ‘prop’, ‘pillar’) was considered the Pillar of Heaven, the axis or support of the skies. It was identified with Brahma and with Shiva, the two world-supporters, as well as with Purusha, the Primordial Sacrifice. The skambha had the shape of a cross or, also, of a Y, precisely that of the Cross or Rood. Like the Cross, it was equated both to the Pillar of Heaven and to the Tree of Life. Many authorities, such as F. Max Mueller, have pointed out the fact that the name of the Cross in the original Greek is stauros, and that this word derives from the Sanskrit stavara (pronounced ‘stawara’), its Hindu archetype in the ashvamedha sacrifice.
Of course, all such coincidences are the result of diffusion, and we see how the Evangelic notion was derived from Hindu archetypes. This is further rendered plausible by the fact that, in the earliest iconographies, the crucified Christ had a horse’s head…”(4)
This brings us to yet another interesting piece of heretical Christian thought that has been widely circulated amongst esoteric circles: the idea that Jesus had a twin. The notion appears in the work of Leonardo da Vinci, who placed a second Jesus figure amongst the apostles in his Last Supper. Although it is well-known by religious scholars that Jesus had both brothers and sisters, only one figure in the Bible is thought to have possibly been Jesus’ own twin: the apostle Thomas.
One of the most obvious clues pointing to this possibility is that the name “Thomas” itself means “Twin.” Furthermore, this apostle was referred to more than once as “Thomas Didymus”, or “Thomas called ‘Didymus.’” The word “Didymus” also means “twin” in Greek.
Like many of the apostles, it is hard to get a clear picture of Thomas from reading the canonical gospels. But everything that is known of him is peculiar. The story of the raising of Lazarus has been thought by some scholars to be a veiled description of an initiation rite for a secret society. It appears that Jesus was the Grand Master of this secret society, and that the death and resurrection of Lazarus was part of his initiation into the cult. The tale told in The Gospel of John is more indicative of this then all the other accounts, and in this version, upon being told that Lazarus is dead, Thomas declares, strangely, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” Later on in the story, as Jesus prepares his apostles for his own (supposed) death, Thomas says to him, “Lord, we know not wither thou goest; and how can we know the way?” Jesus replies, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”