The Oath of Mutual Imprecations
For this reason,
and because of the angels,
the woman ought to have
a sign of authority on her head.
— 1st Corinthians 10:11
Abelard Ramez II had camped many times, but he had never gotten lost in his entire life of camping in the rainforest. This time however, he was lost not because he did not know the way back home, but because there was no way back. Like Enoch, he was no more; he had been taken. As weird as it may sound, Abelard wanted to be lost. For him, if you are lost, you are free from problems and worries.
“Excuse me Isaac, have you got fire?”
“Sure, man. I always carry this tiny black lighter here. It’s a good-quality lighter that survived the waters of the Urubu. I always got my stuff with me.”
Instantly, Abelard was on his feet, collected some wood pieces, and lit a fire.
It was daylight but there was a cold wind. Besides, after passing the night in water, even the calmest breeze would make him sensitive. He coughed a lot. He had a kind of fever that would heat all of his blood. His joints ached and his head was heavy. He lay down there on the cold sand, gave himself a hug and some cafuné, caressed his chest and fell asleep. When he woke up, he noticed that it was getting dark.
Isaac Port, who was on the floor, looked upwards quietly. When he saw that Abelard was awaken he said: “I guess we won’t be able to leave this place. Nothing passes by, neither boat nor canoe. The regular line vessels take the other direction. Who told you to choose a place that was not on a map?”
Isaac gave Abelard some fruit he had picked in the woods at the entrance of the forest and sat on the sand. Abelard felt homesick and cried silently. After a while, he walked from one place to another. There was a strange anxiety in his soul. He asked, “Isaac, would you like to know what happened to me while I was kind of dead on the vessel.”
“Sure, man. That stuff of Mr. Gnocchi and his feelings puzzled me. C’mon! Tell me about those things. I’m eager to know.”
“It’s necessary to die to understand these things,” Abelard said.
“Well, in this case, I prefer to know a little but to stay alive,” Isaac said.
Abelard told Isaac the phenomena of the relation to that book and how he had managed to meet Enoch. When he finished, he realized that Isaac was petrified. The leaping flames of the bonfire shone in the caboclo’s eyes. Abelard noticed that fear had frozen Isaac, who was speechless.
“Have you checked to see if the book is dry?” Abelard asked.
“There it is,” Isaac said. “I put it on the dry wooden branch and it’s dry already. You wanna read it now?” asked Isaac.
“Yes, I can read something for you. Would you like it?”
“Yeah, sure. After all, what else can we do here, in the middle of nowhere? I guess reading is our only way out.”
The surroundings were chilling. The dark night around them was hair-raising and the Urubu River silently watched them. There were so many different sounds that they could not distinguish them. The buzz of the night remained to hide the creatures that lived in the forest. Abelard started reading the Book of Enoch with a speaker’s voice.
The Holy Great One will come forth from His dwelling,
And the eternal God will tread upon the earth, (even) on Mount Sinai,
And appear from His camp
And appear in the strength of His might from the heaven of heavens.
And all shall be smitten with fear
And the Watchers shall quake,
And great fear and trembling shall seize them unto the ends of the earth.
And the high mountains shall be shaken,
And the high hills shall be made low,
And shall melt like wax before the flame
And the earth shall be wholly rent in sunder,
And all that is upon the earth shall perish,
And there shall be a judgment upon all men.
But with the righteous He will make peace.
And will protect the elect,
And mercy shall be upon them.
And they shall all belong to God,
And they shall be prospered,
And they shall all be blessed.
And He will help them all,
And light shall appear unto them.
“Abelard, wait a minute, man,” Isaac interrupted. “Who are these ‘elected people’? Are they good-hearted guys who didn’t stray from God?”
“Yes, they are. The elected are those who decided to belong to God and God also decided that they are His, understand?
“Sure. Sounds like my Uncle Johnny’s words about his faith. He used to say, ‘When you can't afford something, it's like really expensive, but when you can afford it, it's like, free’.”
And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of His holy ones to execute judgment upon all, and to destroy all the ungodly; and to convict all flesh of all the works of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.
Observe ye everything that takes place in the heaven, how they do not change their orbits, and the luminaries which are in the heaven, how they all rise and set in order each in its season, and transgress not against their appointed order. Behold ye the earth, and give heed to the things which take place upon it from first to last, how steadfast they are, how none of the things upon earth change, but all the works of God appear to you. Behold the summer and the winter, how the whole earth is filled with water, and clouds and dew and rain lie upon it.
Observe and see how (in the winter) all the trees seem as though they had withered and shed all their leaves, except fourteen trees, which do not lose their foliage but retain the old foliage from two to three years till the ne And again, observe ye the days of summer how the sun is above the earth over against it. And you seek shade and shelter by reason of the heat of the sun, and the earth also burns with growing heat, and so you cannot tread on the earth, or on a rock by reason of its heat.
But for the elect there shall be light and joy and peace,
And they shall inherit the earth.
And then there shall be bestowed upon the elect wisdom,
And they shall all live and never again sin,
Either through ungodliness or through pride:
But they who are wise shall be humble.
And they shall not again transgress,
Nor shall they sin all the days of their life,
Nor shall they die of (the divine) anger or wrath,
But they shall complete the number of the days of their life.
And their lives shall be increased in peace,
And the years of their joy shall be multiplied,
In eternal gladness and peace,
All the days of their life.
And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: 'Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children. And Semjâzâ, who was their leader, said unto them: 'I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.' And they all answered Him and said: 'Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.’
Then swore them all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And these are the names of their leaders: Sêmîazâz, their leader, Arâkîba, Râmêêl, Kôkabîêl, Tâmîêl, Râmîêl, Dânêl, Êzêqêêl, Barâqîjâl, Asâêl, Armârôs, Batârêl, Anânêl, Zaqîêl, Samsâpêêl, Satarêl, Tûrêl, Jômjâêl, Sariêl. These are their chiefs of tens.
And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. And they became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them,. The giants turned against them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another's flesh, and drink the blood. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones.
And Azâzêl taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all coloring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways. Semjâzâ taught enchantments, and root-cuttings, Armârôs the resolving of enchantments, Barâqîjâl, taught astrology, Kôkabêl the constellations, Ezêqêêl the knowledge of the clouds, Araqiêl the signs of the earth, Shamsiêl the signs of the sun, and Sariêl the course of the moon. And as men perished, they cried, and their cry went up to heaven.
And then Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel looked down from heaven and saw much blood being shed upon the earth, and all lawlessness being wrought upon the earth. And they said one to another: 'the earth made †without inhabitant cries the voice of their crying† up to the gates of heaven. And now to you, the holy ones of heaven, the souls of men make their suit, saying, "Bring our cause before the Most High." And they said to the Lord of the ages: 'Lord of lords, God of gods, King of kings, and God of the ages, the throne of Thy glory (standeth) unto all the generations of the ages, and Thy name holy and glorious and blessed unto all the ages! Thou hast made all things, and power over all things hast Thou: and all things are naked and open in Thy sight, and Thou seest all things, and nothing can hide itself from Thee. Thou seest what Azâzêl hath done, who hath taught all unrighteousness on earth and revealed the eternal secrets which were (preserved) in heaven, which men were striving to learn: And Semjâzâ, to whom Thou hast given authority to bear rule over his associates. And they have gone to the daughters of men upon the earth, and have slept with the women, and have defiled themselves, and revealed to them all kinds of sins. And the women have borne giants, and the whole earth has thereby been filled with blood and unrighteousness. And now, behold, the souls of those who have died are crying and making their suit to the gates of heaven, and their lamentations have ascended: and cannot cease because of the lawless deeds which are wrought on the earth. And Thou knowest all things before they come to pass, and Thou seest these things and Thou dost suffer them, and Thou dost not say to us what we are to do to them in regard to these.
When Abelard finished this reading, Isaac Port was weeping. Both of them kept quiet for a while. They enjoyed that moment of pure joy by keeping a reverent silence. After a while, the caboclo said:
“You know what? These tales won’t go outta my mind. The Amazon spooky stories — Saci Pererê, Curupira, Bate-bate, Boi Bumbá, Boto — and others are nothing next to this stuff of Mr. Gnocchi and his feelings.”
Abelard said that his fever was getting higher. Therefore, he lay down on the sand, said his prayers, and dived into his fever’s heat and pain. Night was just beginning.
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You belong to your father,
the devil, and you want to
carry out your father's desire.
— The Name
Abelard looked upwards and saw a crystal sea. The waves sounded harmonic like a harp’s melody. A gentle jasmine perfume came from the sea. Abruptly, the waves became agitated. From the sea, Enoch waved to Abelard Ramez.
“Stand up and dive into here. Jump upwards and you will fall into this Crystal Sea,” Enoch said.
Abelard jumped in the direction of the sky, bursting himself into another experience of life. When he entered the liquid-gaseous layers of that substance, that heavenly abyss, he felt tastes, smells, and sounds he had never tried before.
But he felt that he had finally crossed it. A strange feeling of intimacy enthralled him. There was a smell of dry powder perfumed with wild essences. He felt the smell of pine and oak trees. A refulgent light disturbed his sight. All of a sudden, everything was yellow and slightly golden.
He opened his eyes and saw the sun. He covered his face and thought, “That fever almost killed me. It might be noon by now.” He looked around and did not see Isaac Port. Then he noticed that he was on the Earth. There was a desert with yellow-stony sand in front of him. On his left, there was a mountain covered with trees dressed with colored leaves.
He knew that place almost as well as his own country. He had been there dozens of times. However, something was different this time. It seemed grander than before. Even the plants seemed to have a stronger color, the trees were higher and the birds were bigger.
Abelard heard a desperate grunting coming from a big and strong animal. It sounded like a bullfight. He ran to a small hill and looked down towards a small olive field. He saw a 13-feet tall man leaning on an oak. He was extremely strong and the exuberance of his muscles was visible.
His legs were long and thick. His honey-colored hair fell like silk to his waist. He was wearing a beautiful iron suit that covered only his dorsum. The bull’s left leg was in his hand. The beast agonized on the ground, wet in its own squirting blood, while the Nephilim voraciously ate its raw bloody leg.
Abelard was about to pass out before such a surrealistic spectacle.
“Man, wake up, please! If you stay here, you’ll die!” he heard Isaac say.
Abelard tried hard to open his eyes but he could not. His eyes burned. However, he realized, little by little, that he was alive despite the burning fever. It had been just a dream.
Isaac said that there was no comparison between his fever and Abelard’s. “I got a fever too, but I’m not delirious. But you, man, you talk nineteen to the dozen! You talk a lot, for God’s sake. And you even stood up and started wandering; I had to hold you. I guess this Mr. Gnocchi and his feelings are still disturbing you. Some minutes before waking up you said, ‘It’s his feelings! My Goodness, it’s his feelings!’”
“What you saw there? Was Mr. Gnocchi there?” Isaac asked.
“Could you please give some water?” Abelard said.
“Sure,” Isaac replied. He went to the river and brought water to Abelard but not without proudly showing his old enamel mug. He said that when the boat was sinking, he jumped out of it with his survival kit, which included an old enamel mug.
Abelard looked up again and saw the same crystal sea. This time, however, the waters were darker and the waves were higher.
“Jump up high and become perplexed in the depth of the crystal sea,” a voice said.
“I am afraid,” Abelard replied.
“Do not fear. The sea is inside you and you are inside yourself, because you live inside yourself. If you do not jump up, if you are not courageous enough to dive into yourself, then where will you go?” the voice said.
“What do you mean by diving into myself? I thought I was supposed to jump upward.”
“Is there a higher or deeper space in the Universe than your inner space? Is the endless height of the Universe higher than the abyss of your heart?”
“I fear myself,” Abelard said.
“Dive into yourself and you will meet yourself because the crystal sea is nothing but a reflection of your soul and the memories of your feelings.”
Hence, Abelard jumped up high and dove into the remote spaces of the depths that were inside him.
“Be quiet and come with me.”
Abelard was scared. Next, he noticed something familiar in that voice. Apparently it was Enoch’s voice, but something was different this time. He could not know for sure that it was the same person’s voice.
“Are you Enoch?” Abelard asked, realizing that their languages were the same. “Wearing such garments should I take for granted that you are a messenger? Who sent you here? I know you from the book. Then we met each other. For you, it was thousands of years ago, but not so long ago for me. You told me about the Universal Watchers and the Nephilims. You were wearing a satin red band on your head,” Abelard said, feeling idiotic.
“I do not remember. As for the red satin band on my head, I tell you: I have never put on such a thing. It is vain women’s stuff.”
Abelard Ramez looked back and saw that the Nephilim he had seen before was on the bull’s back, his teeth stabbed on the bull’s neck. The bull, convulsing in pain, was being drained to death.
“They become vampires!” concluded Abelard.
Enoch explained to Abelard that that was an abomination to the Lord of Creation. “He did not make us to survive from the blood of another life. It is a shame!”
“I guess that I came here to help you in the fight against those who destroy men and the Earth,” Abelard said, as he followed Enoch’s large footsteps, walking down the hill.
They took a steep trail that came from a plateau where Abelard had seen the Nephilim in the direction of the Dan River. He guided Enoch because he knew the place. Although it had changed significantly over the past 100.000 years, Abelard knew that one thing had remained unchanged: a beautiful waterfall in that small abyss.
“I knew it! It’s the same place. I’ve been here, Enoch.”
“If you are from here, then you know that this waterfall has been here since the creation of the world,” Enoch said.
“This region used to be called Mesopotamia; now it’s called the Middle East”.
Enoch looked at Abelard with perplexity. He was happy at Abelard’s visit. After all, he was used to the supernatural, where different worlds merged. But being visited by an acquaintance from the future was like being a friend of someone who had died millions of years before but was still like a friend who sticks closer than a brother. “I have to go now,” Enoch said.
“Where are we heading to, Master?”
“Us? Not us. Do you want to know where Enoch, the seventh after Adam, is going?”
“Yes, of course, because I’ll follow you wherever you go,” Abelard said.
Enoch explained, “But you cannot go where I am going. I do not think it is possible. I cannot take anyone with me.”
“You do not know it now, but you will understand it later,” Enoch replied.
“You don’t know who I am,” Abelard said, “but I know that you kind of realize who I am. When you know about it, then I will be your helper.”
To Abelard, everything was very confusing. He believed that Enoch, the patriarch, who was used to angels, would understand that he was a visitor from the future. He was reluctant, anyway. He knew that Enoch was open-minded and admitted that angels traveled in eternity —but could Enoch admit the encounter of beings of the same dimension? Could he be prepared to accept that the past could miraculously visit the future and the future could come and repay the visit? He, then, decided to tell everything.
“Sorry to bother you but there’s something I’ve got to tell you. Let’s sit here next to the stones by the waterfall. It’s a quiet place,” Abelard suggested.
Enoch tacitly agreed.
Abelard told him about what was happening in his present world, which was Enoch’s future. He told him that the Nephilims did not survive the flood, but, inexplicably, the giants like the Enakims, Rephaims and the Emims did. The Nephilims’ physical death had not killed their presence in the basement of the collective unconsciousness.
Enoch listened to that with the same fascinated perplexity and bewilderment that had assaulted Abelard when he heard of the Place of the Non-Places, where they had met for the first time. Enoch was eager to know more about the world’s future and the effects of the Watchers’ actions on their descendants on the Earth. Therefore, Abelard continued his stroll through the history of human civilization.
“Master Enoch, the Great Deluge will flood the whole Earth, but the Watchers’ evil shall survive.”
“What do you mean, young man?”
“The Great Waters will destroy whatever is alive on the Earth. However, they will not eliminate the information about how creatures can manipulate and change the creation and how they can corrupt the original order of the Creator as the Watchers did. This information travels all over the Earth.
“Nobody, except those determined by the Eternal, shall survive the Great Waters!” Enoch stated in a firm, deep voice.
“The death of the Nephilims and the confinement of the Watchers, for a stipulated period, shall extinguish their physical presence from the Earth,” Abelard continued, “However, their kingdom of evilness shall move on. Besides that, they will be worshiped as the great braves of the ancient times, as the myths of peoples and as the gods of the nations.”
Enoch asked, “How do you know all that? Has the Eternal told you?”
“I read it in the books, including yours.”
“And what did these books tell you?” Enoch asked.
“The books reported that the Egyptians learned mathematics from the Nephilims and the Watchers. They also learned how to calculate in order to make huge buildings. The books also mention that they learned how to use maps and heavenly bodies for geographical orientation. Nobody understands how the hieroglyphs came into existence. Do you know why? Because they learned this from the Watchers, who gave it to them ‘ready to go’.” Abelard explained.
Then Abelard stared at Enoch and an overwhelming curiosity took over. He asked about Enoch’s ancestors and his story. He wanted to know how Enoch had met the Most High. “I will talk about it later,” Enoch said. “First, tell me about the Watchers and the Nephilims, and how they crossed to your world.”
Abelard said that he believed that they were gods who reigned during the first Egyptian dynasties. For the Greeks, they became mythical gods: titans and heroes. For the Nazcas, the ancestors of the great Incas, they became the Viracochas — Inca gods —, who came on the sea waves. The Viracochas were giants, so they taught them how to erect huge buildings on high hills. He also told him about the Aztecs, who, in memory of giants, would offer human sacrifice covered with blood. Also, he did not leave out the Celtics, who honored the Watchers as great magicians, and the early Vikings, who received the visit of the intelligent giants. “Some even claim that they were the builders of Atlantis and other lost cities of the sea,” Abelard concluded.
After a while, Abelard resumed the narrative, saying that there were occurrences similar to those in many cultures on the Earth. He talked about the solar calendar, which was calculated with precision. To Abelard, whoever could calculate with such accuracy must have known heaven in detail.
“Yes, they are the Universal Watchers, who know everything from heaven to the Earth,” Enoch added, with a brotherly feeling for Abelard. “Also, their children know much, although they do not know as much as the Watchers. Putting all this together, it is a great knowledge. In addition, the Nephilims are neither completely human nor completely angels. That is why they only know half of being an angel and half of being a human.”
At this point, a kind of intimacy grew between them, and Enoch started seeing Abelard as a brother, not a stranger.
“I can even tell you some of the names of these giants who will become famous in my world,” Abelard said. “Eventually, much of what will be said about them will be exaggerated. Everything ends up becoming too much, for more or for less. That’s why from the moment Eve ate from the fruit, there is lie in all human truth and there is some truth in every human lie.”
“What are the most common names in the future?” Enoch asked.
“There are many. The most famous genealogy of the Watchers is that of Zeus, as the Greeks — a nation to come — will name them. According to the Greeks, there were other gods before them, but they avoid revealing their origin.”
“What do you mean by ‘other gods’? There is one God, and what people call gods on the Earth are the fallen angels from heaven,” Enoch said.
“The Greeks didn’t know that,” Abelard said.
“Just proceed, young man.”
“They said that the gods were the children of chaos and darkness, because if they said where they really came from, they would be face to face with The Most High. The Name shuts the mouth of the gods until the day they will kneel before Him to call Him ‘Our Lord’.”
“I know,” Enoch said. “Enosh, my ancestor, was the first one to worship His Name. But tell me more about the Nephilims and Zeus.”
“According to the Greeks, Zeus’ genealogy was as follows: Zeus had two brothers: Poseidon and Hades; and three sisters: Hester, Demeter, and Hera. Cronus was their father, who was Uranus’ son, who was a result of Chaos: the Day, the Feminine Night, the Ether, and the Masculine Night. All of them came from Chaos. But where did Chaos come from?”
Then, a thundering voice was heard:
“Brishit bara elohim et bashamain veethaaretz!”
Abelard was petrified. Enoch, however, just stood up and praised, looking at the infinite.
“I know that Zeus was one of these Watchers known in ancient times,” Abelard continued. “However, if I said that in my world, they would call me ridiculous. Do you know why? Because the myths are useful to us — being giants or angels and having changed humankind, in their exaggerations they help us to see, because they look like us. They help us to see ourselves, because we, too, became beings of two natures.”
Enoch said solemnly, “As I said before, since the lost paradise, since the fall of Adam, there is evil and good in every human being.”
Enoch walked slowly towards the banks of the waterfall where they had been talking before. He drank some water and walked back to where Abelard was. He took a deep breath as if he could foresee the future fights and said, “They are many; they are tyrannizing the Earth and devouring all that exists. Nevertheless, the Most High will not be frustrated in none of his purposes!”
Abelard, with extreme reverence, continued explaining to Enoch all he knew about the many peoples and cultures of the Earth in which these angelical or divine beings had possessed women and fathered giants. He stated vehemently that all the stories were the same: hybrid beings had shaped the human knowledge and stirred personal vanities, from amusement instruments to war devices to astronomy to astrology to chemical enchantments to mind changers. They had modeled mathematics, physics, calendars, and even the psychological models into what Abelard told Enoch was called the Universal Archetypes of the soul: the myth and the gods.
And he moved on, augmenting his certainties while he progressed in his thesis. He said that all the movements of mind liberation through the roots or chemicals of any kind were the latent pulsing of the Science of the Universal Watchers.
“I will request for permission to take you with me. I do not know how far you will be allowed to go; probably you will not be allowed to join my secret meetings, but you will see a lot, because there is much to be seen. But be aware that you will see the worst of men and angels.”
Abelard was extremely grateful, but he wanted to say a few last words concerning the “science of the stones” which he had read about in the Book of Enoch. He told Enoch that the Science of the Stones had become greater than the Nephilims and even greater than some Watchers. It was a great mind that stored information in codes printed in tiny stones of silicon.
“Yes, they use silicon very much,” Enoch remarked. “They say that all knowledge will inhabit those stones in days to come.”
Abelard said, “In my world, this time is coming. The stones are speaking and becoming alive; they are almost intelligent and I believe that they will become self-governing in knowledge and decision-making. They might even change the meaning of reality one day. What's more, I believe that one day the knowledge of the silicon stones will be so high that they will hypnotize us without letting us notice that we’re being manipulated.”
Although speaking so much, Abelard had not really made his point yet. So he said, “I guess I came here for one simple reason: to try to lower the evil of the silicon stones, or at least to retard this event, or, if the Most High would determine so, to avoid this from happening.”
“Could you tell me how these things reached your world?” Enoch asked, while offering Abelard a sweet fruit, which Abelard put in his jeans’ pocket. He could not help listening to his own thoughts.
He continued saying that some things would happen in the minds of Noah’s children and other things would happen in the minds of the animals. Other cruelties were already in the nature of the fallen things. There was a worse evil, though: The Watchers’ thoughts and the Nephilims’ dreams. The waters of the Deluge would not wash them out.
Enoch told Abelard that he had to leave. Abelard was disturbed by the thought of being alone, but Enoch reassured him that he would come back. Abelard could not come with him this time. So Enoch left by himself.
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