holiday homework

In preparation for a new article (codename: Wheat Heart) …

wheatheart

I’d like you to begin paying attention
to all things connected
to ‘grain‘.

As I don’t watch tv so I’d be interested in how grain (bread, cereal, cake etc) is projected out into the world via advertisement.

Also notice
its use in …

corn fight

… movies & tv programs.

Please keep a wide focus, rather than getting bogged down in detail or diet concerns – we need to begin by exploring all that is out there.

Feel free to leave comments here
about anything that strikes you as interesting.

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December 31, 2013. Uncategorized.

51 Comments

  1. Pete Wagner replied:

    Gluten (bread glue), gluteal, glutamate, glutamine, …glut?

  2. Rich replied:

    Death, always. Children of the Corn. Ceres. Just a skip and a jump from Kali. Women, Spica, virgins. Maidens chewing the grain to make beer. Matriarchy, orgies, insanity. It’s grass, as well, right? A grass is an informant. Or a weed, a weedy person. Both those words being used for cannabis too.

    Basis of the nonsense food *pyramid.*

    Subsidised to the hilt in Europe and the USA.

    Rodents and weevils like it. Humans are the only others that bother. And boy, doesn’t it cost in terms of labour. Agriculture is founded on it, and all other industry founded on agriculture.

    The fuel/fool for the great hamster-wheel of received logos. Oh how reverenced is “logic” these days.

    So yeah, good to look at.

  3. libyansibyl44 replied:

    Death of the heiress to the Post cereal fortune (General Mills Foods). A Demeter/Persephone cereal goddess sync. –
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/great-granddaughter-heiress-stabbed-death-article-1.1560161

  4. Max replied:

    There is a controversy about genetically modified maize in terms of health issues.

    Popcorn is usually consumed during entertainment (or entrainment).

    Here is the cover of the band Korn‘s first album:

    The metaphor “Bread and circuses” is used as a reference to a certain policy of creating public approval by distraction and the satisfaction of immediate needs of a populace.

    During his last supper, Jesus referred to the bread as his body
    Mark 14:18-26

    The German term for supper is Abendbrot (literal translation: evening bread).

    Take a look at what was used for the GDR emblem:

    I’ve heard that enthusiasts of the Rocky Horror Picture Show throw at each other with flour during each screening.

    Also interesting, the movie poster of Jeeper’s Creepers 2:

    In the German tale Max und Moritz the two mischievous boys get murdered by a miller who grinds them in his mill.

    During World War I, soldiers referred to Verdun as “the mill”, the “blood mill” or the “bone mill”.

    In the bible the concept of soul harvest is also compared to the separation of the wheat from the chaff.
    Mathew 3:12

    The Grim Reaper is depicted carrying a scythe:

    In the movie Platoon the U.S. soldiers are checking the grain vessels for arms during their village raid.

    The character Copperhead in Kill Bill Volume 1 hides a pistol in a cereal box.

  5. Max replied:

    Master Miller is a video game character who is a drill instructor of the video game Metal Gear Solid.

    Stoning is mentioned in the bible as a form of punishment. Maybe milling grain into flour is some sort of stoning as it involves mill stones.

    Being into the delirious state by smoking hemp, also called weed, is often referred to as being baked or being stoned.

    In the Bible (Daniel 3) three men receive punishment by getting thrown into a furnace for not obeying king Nebuchadnezzar’s order.

    Also consider the witch in the fairy tale Hansel und Gretel who bakes children in her oven.

    Have in mind the Gingerbread Man, too.

    The above mentioned weed seems also to be important for the religion Rastafarianism.

    The joke religion Pastafarianism involves the worship of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

    Another modern myth are aliens which leave patterns in cornfields.

  6. alex robinson replied:

    Fooking splendid insights & comments one & all – these communal efforts allow far more to be explored than my frame of reference alone could achieve. Keep ’em coming …

  7. roobeedoo2 replied:

    In the UK, 2013 was the year of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ (very popular BBC TV programme, fronted by man called Paul Hollywood). Charlie Brooker uses it here to describe 2013′

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/30/2013-horrorshow-bake-off-selfies-charlie-brooker

    I suppose we should also consider Kate’s bun in the oven emerged on Pi (pie) day (22/7).

    Sing a song of sixpence,
    A pocket full of rye.
    Four and twenty blackbirds,
    Baked in a pie.

    A sixpence (6d, could be interpreted as 64). This set the weight of the sixpence at 43.636 GRAINS or 2.828 grams.

    Grain used as a unit of measurement

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grain_(unit)

    • alex robinson replied:

      haha just discovered about the grain measurement this morning :)

  8. Zero Weaver replied:

    At first, I didn’t think I had anything to add, but suddenly remembered that the news was all over my facebook news feed this morning that original Cheerios is now GMO-free. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/02/cheerios-gmo-free_n_4533079.html

    • libyansibyl44 replied:

      Yes and Cheerios cereal is made by General Mills which links that story back to the earlier Post cereal heiress slaying. Also, the Cheerios box features a huge heart with the slogan “Love your HEART so you can do what you love”.

      • Zero Weaver replied:

        General Mills – that’s an interesting name, potent. General, being non-specific and also a military rank. Mills being explored above quite fully. I think it’s funny that only original, yellow-box Cheerios will be GMO-free.

  9. Max replied:

    The Exterminators in the film Zardoz trade grain for firearms and ammunition.

    In Zardoz, the protagonist Zed hides in grain with the intention to infiltrate the Vortex.

    In the computer game Portal, the player’s character gets promised a cake by an artificial intelligence if she accomplishes all tasks.

    At one point of the game, there is a grafitti on a wall which says “The cake is a lie”.

    However, in the end of the game, the protagonist is rewarded with a Black Forest cake.

    • alex robinson replied:

      Ah you remind me of Marie Antoinette’s line – “Let them eat cake”

  10. roobeedoo2 replied:

    Whiskey (water of life) is made from distilling fermented grain mash. It is a spirit. It’s manufacture is tightly regulated. Illicitly made whiskey is called moonshine (appearance without substance)
    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=moonshine&allowed_in_frame=0

    • roobeedoo2 replied:

      Oklahoma is in the news due to the plans to erect a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan in the State Capitol:

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2535050/Satan-worshipers-want-7-foot-tall-statue-devil-Oklahoma-state-Capitol.html

      Oklahoma is the Sooner State,

      ‘Sooners were often deputy marshals, land surveyors, railroad employees, and others who were able to legally enter the territory early.[2] Sooners who crossed into the territory illegally at night were originally called “moonshiners” because they had entered “by the light of the moon.” These Sooners would hide in ditches at night and suddenly appear to stake their claim after the land run started, hours ahead of legal settlers.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sooners

      I am reminded of the song ‘Oklahoma!’ which I learnt at school and love because you can really belt it out:

      Ooook-lahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain
      And the wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet
      When the wind comes right behind the rain.

      • roobeedoo2 replied:

        Oklahoma comes from the Native American Choctaw phrase “okla humma”, literally meaning red people. Strange that because the word ‘grain’ (n) in Online Etymology states,

        ‘early 13c., “scarlet dye made from insects” (late 12c. in surnames), from Old French grain (12c.) “seed, grain, particle, berry, scarlet dye”

        http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=grain&allowed_in_frame=0

  11. Max replied:

    Originally, I intended to post that quote, too. :-)

    In the Paris level of the video game Deus Ex, you can find vials of a drug, which is similiar to cocaine, hidden in an oven of a bakery.

    Baking soda is used as a basis for crack cocaine preparation.

    In the short movie Dirty Laundry which is placed in the universe of the comic book franchise The Punisher, the main character spills Jack Daniel’s whiskey over a beaten pimp.
    One of the pimp’s victims sets him on fire.

    Amongst the Incas, persons who were chosen for sacrifice were put on a year long diet which consisted of maize and animal protein.
    Days before their sacrifice, they consumed high amounts of alcohol and coca.

    In one episode of Married… with Children, one of Al Bundy’s pals eats his cereals with beer instead of milk.

    Scare crows are placed in corn fields to keep birds away.

    The Batman villain Scare Crow uses psychoactive drugs against his victims.

    • roobeedoo2 replied:

      In the wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow wanted a brain, rhymes with grain.

      • Max replied:

        The words grain and brain contain rain.

        If there is no water (rain) for the seeds (grain) which are placed on the field then the wheat will not grow.

  12. Max replied:

    This made me laugh!

  13. alex robinson replied:

    Great to see all the ideas coming in – here’s a little something interesting I just came across

    http://cartoonsof1943.blogspot.co.nz/2011/01/grain-that-built-hemisphere.html

  14. roobeedoo2 replied:

    I’m not Catholic so didn’t know the name – it’s called Hostia

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacramental_bread

    “Stranger, enemy” is the root sense for ‘host’

    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=Hostia&searchmode=none

    The moon though …

    http://m.almanac.com/content/farming-moon

    ‘The age-old practice of performing farm chores by the Moon stems from the simple belief that the Moon governs moisture.’

    Perhaps that is why there is rain in grain

    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=rain&allowed_in_frame=0

  15. roobeedoo2 replied:

    Corned beef refers to the grains or corns of salt with which it is preserved.

    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=corn&allowed_in_frame=0

    Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt for looking back (linking with back, again).

    Gomorrah: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=Gomorrah&allowed_in_frame=0

    “Grain of salt” is an interesting phrase especially with regard to the Roman General Pompey, as fates of Pompeii and Herculaneum remind me much of Sodom and Gomorrah.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grain_of_salt

  16. Max replied:

    I guess that the torn hoop is some degenerate reference.

    In some languages the butt is refered to as moon face.

    In the novel Stephen King’s It, in one passage a mentally ill person hallucinates the moon as Pennywise’s face.

    The anus is sometimes referred to as corn hole.

    In the cartoon series Beavis and Butthead, one persona of Beavis is Corn Julio.

    This seems to be a real corny storm of associations.

  17. Darren B replied:

    I bought Darren Hanlon’s CD “Pointing Ray-guns at Pagans”
    (released in 2009) and he signed it for me after his gig at the Woodford Folk-fest last Monday.I noticed he wrote a song called “The Loaf” about baking a loaf of bread.
    You can hear it and all the other songs off the album here for free –
    https://myspace.com/darrenhanlon/music/album/pointing-ray-guns-at-pagans-12465009

  18. libyansibyl44 replied:

    Jan 3rd news article relating grain to the myth of Osiris’ erect phallus and missing heart.

    “Corn-mummies were nonhuman artificial mummies created in later periods in honor of Osiris. They were made of a mix of materials, including grain.”

    http://www.nbcnews.com/science/king-tuts-mummified-erect-penis-may-point-ancient-religious-struggle-2D11850882?lite&lite=obnetwork

  19. roobeedoo2 replied:

    A ballet performance that cuts corn-ers but that is beautiful anyway. I intended to post this for the corn reference:

    The Nutcracker, Moscow City Ballet, Cambridge Corn Exchange

    http://www.theartsdesk.com/dance/nutcracker-moscow-city-ballet-cambridge-corn-exchange

    However, it suddenly occurs to me that what I was supposed to find in the story is the title of the ballet as I’ve (literally) just spent the last 2 hours listening to John Lash talking how Sophia is breaking into our heads.

  20. Max replied:

    Asexuality poster:

    Cake as metaphor for sex:

    http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=245

  21. Carol Jozwiak replied:

    You say grain, I think Green! As in Green Man versus Green Woman. Been contemplating this homework for the last week and wow, the inGRAINED consumption ritual in worship of the Sun/patriarchy just kept repeating itself. The eating of bread as the Sun king body. Consumption and Consumer.

    Seperating wheat from chaff requires a thresher, an obsolete hand tool for threshing, also called a flail.

    Osiris with his flail and crook-http://symboldictionary.net/library/graphics/symbols/crookandflail.jpg

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/flail

    threshold- “Old English þrescold, þærscwold, þerxold “doorsill, point of entering,” first element related to Old English þrescan (see thresh), with its original sense of “tread, trample.””
    http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=threshold

    We get deceived into using a strawman and who spins straw into GOLD(sun)? Why, rumplestiltskin of course, a little green man.

    To me, the Green Man represents the solar masculine force and agriculture as both money and phallic order. Was the burning of the Wicker Man/Straw Man by the ancient Celts a representation of the loss of the Divine Feminine? The joker burning a pyramid of Green money in the Dark Knight captured this.

    Let’s juxtapose against a few Green Woman Archetypes. She has taken a back seat to the Green Man, was hidden and completely demonized by the Masculine Solar Cult.

    Green Tara (and White)-
    http://www.religionfacts.com/buddhism/deities/tara.htm

    Tara (Sanskrit, “star”) is a Buddhist savior-goddess especially popular in Tibet, Nepal and Mongolia. In Tibet, where Tara is the most important deity, her name is Sgrol-ma, meaning “she who saves.”

    “Before she was adopted by Buddhism, Tara was worshipped in Hinduism as a manifestation of the goddess Parvati. The feminine principle was not venerated in Buddhism until the fourth century CE, and Tara probably entered Buddhism around the sixth century CE.

    According to Buddhist tradition, Tara was born out of the tears of compassion of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara. It is said that he wept as he looked upon the world of suffering beings, and his tears formed a lake in which a lotus sprung up. When the lotus opened, the goddess Tara was revealed.

    A similar tradition has White Tara born from the tears of Avalokiteshvara’s left eye and the Green Tara born from those of his right. In a third legend, Tara was born from a beam of blue light emanating from one of the eyes of Avalokiteshvara.

    Green Tara, with her half-open lotus, represents the night, and White Tara, with her lotus in full bloom, symbolizes the day.”

    Sheela-na-gig
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheela_na_gig

    One theory is that the carvings are remnants of a pre-Christian fertility or mother goddess religion. The other-that their location on churches and the grotesque features of the figures, by medieval standards, suggests that they represented female lust as hideous and sinfully corrupting.

    Wadjet-
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wadjet

    “Wadjet (/ˈwɑːdˌdʒɛt/ or /ˈwædˌdʒɛt/; Egyptian wꜣḏyt, “green one”),[1] known to the Greek world as Uto /ˈjuːtoʊ/ or Buto /ˈbjuːtoʊ/ among other names, was originally the ancient local goddess of the city of Dep (Buto),[2] which became part of the city that the Egyptians named Per-Wadjet, House of Wadjet, and the Greeks called Buto (Desouk now),[3] a city that was an important site in the Predynastic era of Ancient Egypt and the cultural developments of the Paleolithic. She was said to be the patron and protector of Lower Egypt and upon unification with Upper Egypt, the joint protector and patron of all of Egypt with the “goddess” of Upper Egypt. The image of Wadjet with the sun disk is called the uraeus, and it was the emblem on the crown of the rulers of Lower Egypt. She was also the protector of kings and of women in childbirth.”

    There are many more!

  22. Max replied:

    Allegedly the saying “Let them eat cake” is based on an older story that a chinese emperor replied “Why they don’t eat meat” when he was told that his subjects have no rice to eat. Probably he implied that his subjects have to kill and consume their livestock.

    Scarecrow -> Scare Crow -> Scared Cow -> Sacred Cow

    Burn the scarecrow (Straw Man) = Sacrifice the cow / bull?

    Slaughtering of sacred cows as an emergency solution.

  23. Zero Weaver replied:

    Mentions of Pie/Pi brought this song to mind: Patty Griffin, Making Pies.

    Lyrics:

    It’s not far
    I can walk
    Down the block
    To TableTalk
    Close my eyes
    Make the pies all day

    Plastic cap
    On my hair
    I used to mind
    Now I don’t care
    I used to mind
    Now I don’t care
    Cause I’m gray

    Did I show you this picture of my nephew
    Taken at his big birthday surprise
    At my sister’s house last Sunday
    This is Monday and I’m making pies
    I’m making pies
    Making pies
    Pies

    Thursday nights
    I go and type
    Down at the church
    For Father Mike
    It gets me out
    And he ain’t hard to like
    At all

    Jesus stares at me
    In my chair
    With his big blue eyes
    And his honey brown hair
    And he’s looking at me (from)
    Way up there
    On the wall

    Did I show you this picture of my sweetheart
    Taken of us before the war
    Of the Greek and his Italian girl
    One Sunday at the shore

    We tied our ribbons to the fire escape
    They were taken by the birds
    Who flew home to the country
    As the bombs rained on the world

    5am
    Here I am
    Walking the block
    To TableTalk
    You could cry or die
    Or just make pies all day
    I’m making pies
    Making pies
    Making pies
    Making pies

  24. alex robinson replied:

    Am enjoying & being ‘enlightened’ by the variety of ideas – thanks everyone for growing this topic – it badly needs to be explored

  25. roobeedoo2 replied:

    *Gets popcorn* is a phrase I read quite often in online comments (mainly political/news sites/blogs), indicating an entertaining row is in the offing. I never hear this in real life. It’s a bit smug.

  26. libyansibyl44 replied:

    Jennifer Lawrence’s recent explanation for her infamous Oscar fall:

    “I was at the Oscars, waiting to hear if my name was called, and I kept thinking, Cakewalk, cakewalk, cakewalk. I thought, Why is ‘cakewalk’ stuck in my head? And then, as I started to walk up the stairs and the fabric from my dress tucked under my feet, I realized my stylist had told me, ‘Kick, walk, kick, walk.’ You are supposed to kick the dress out while you walk, and I totally forgot because I was thinking about cake! And that’s why I fell.”

    http://shine.yahoo.com/fashion/jennifer-lawrence-explains-her-infamous-oscar-fall-152600511.html

  27. roobeedoo2 replied:

    Wedding cake smashing, or even throwing grains of rice over the bride and groom,

    http://answerquestions.hubpages.com/hub/Why-Do-Brides-And-Grooms-Smash-Cake

  28. roobeedoo2 replied:

    OMG, my husband is currently watching the latest episode of ‘Mysteries at the Museum’ and they just showed a segment on the Washburn Mill disaster of 1878. The mill was destroyed by a massive explosion and the culprit was discovered to be flour dust.

    http://blog.generalmills.com/2012/05/the-explosion-that-changed-milling/

    This is particularly interesting to me because a) an explosion fits with my ‘breaking’ finds and b) the Washburn Mill is in Minneapolis which is the home of Minnesota Vikings (Purple People Eaters) – my first big sync, happened most unexpectedly (like a bang!), revolves around Purple People Eater – a description of it is in here

    http://www.synchromysticismforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=9482&p=51600&hilit=Purple+people+eater#p51600

    Alex, thanks so much for this thread. It’s been a blast! LOL

    • alex robinson replied:

      most interesting & it’s been a pleasure – I’ve been enjoying the energy & individual content of each commenter

  29. Kitty replied:

    Just reading a political blog now (cannonfire) and he mentions that in ancient Rome the Emperor’s secret service were called the “frumentarii”. Frumentarii, he says, means “wheat collector”.

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