Circle 9: Treachery

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Ok so this post might be a little weird because my thoughts with voting and politicians in general is a bit strange…

On a day to day basis (for the most part) I think of heaven and hell.. I was brought up catholic, I completed my communion classes and everything. Till this day I do believe in Christ, I do believe in heaven and hell, I do believe in God and angels, Demons and the Devil. I’ve read so much about the bible, I’ve read people’s stories with their experience with heaven and hell and everything just sounds connected and the stories sound similar. From doing my research on religion and the things people have seen or gone through (including myself) I definitely believe that God and the Devil both exist..

So today is election day and I can’t help but think of Dante’s Inferno..

Going towards the end of the game you reach the 9th and final circle of Hell; Treachery

Here is a description of the circle and the 4 different rings it is divided into.

Dante divides circle 9, the circle of treachery–defined in Inferno 11 as fraudulent acts between individuals who share special bonds of love and trust (61-6)–into four regions.

Caina is named after the biblical Cain (first child of Adam and Eve), who slew his brother Abel out of envy after God showed appreciation for Abel’s sacrificial offering but not Cain’s (Genesis 4:1-17); condemned to a vagabond existence, Cain later built a city (named after his son, Henoch) that for certain Christian theologians–notably Augustine (City of God, book 15)–represented the evils of the earthly city. In the circle of the lustful, Francesca identified her husband (Gianciotto)–who murdered her and Paolo (Gianciotto’s brother)–as a future inhabitant of Caina (Inf. 5.107). Dante’s attention is here drawn to two brothers, the ghibelline Napoleone and the guelph Alessandro, who murdered one another because of a dispute over their inheritance (Inf. 32.55-60).

The second region, Antenora, is named for the Trojan prince Antenor. While the classical sources–notably Homer’s Iliad–present Antenor in a positive (or at least neutral) light as one in favor of returning Helen to the Greeks for the good of Troy, medieval versions–histories, commentaries, and romances–view him as a “treacherous Judas” who plots with the Greeks to destroy the city. Dante places in this region those who betrayed their political party or their homeland.

In the third zone of circle 9 suffer those who betrayed friends or guests. Ptolomea is named after one or both of the following: Ptolemy, the captain of Jericho, honored his father-in-law, the high priest Simon Maccabee, and two of Simon’s sons with a great feast and then murdered them (1 Maccabees 16:11-17); Ptolemy XII, brother of Cleopatra, arranged that the Roman general Pompey–seeking refuge following his defeat at the battle of Pharsalia (48 B.C.E.)–be murdered as soon as he stepped ashore. Dante displays his abhorrence of such crimes by devising a special rule for those who betray their guests: their souls descend immediately to hell and their living bodies are possessed by demons when they commit these acts (Inf. 33.121-6).

Judecca, named after the apostle who betrayed Jesus (Judas Iscariot), is the innermost zone of the ninth and final circle of hell. The term also hints at a manifestation of Christian prejudice–which Dante certainly shares–against Judaism and Jews in the Middle Ages: it alludes to the names–Iudeca, Judaica–for the area within certain cities (e.g., Venice) where Jews were forced to live, apart from the Christian population. Together with Judas in this region of hell are others who, by betraying their masters or benefactors, committed crimes with great historical and societal consequences. Completely covered by the ice–like “straw in glass”–the shades are locked in various postures with no mobility or sound whatsoever (Inf. 34.10-15).

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I know this is gonna sound super fucking weird but honestly anytime I sin or someone I know sins all I can think of are these haunting thoughts of where the sinner or myself could end up if gone to hell. I think it’s because I’ve consumed my thoughts so much with hell and everything about it that I truly haven’t read much about what heaven is truly like or any stories on something so thorough as Dante’s Inferno is described…

I can’t help but to remember when I played Dante’s Inferno and the spirit guiding Dante lead him to the 9th circle of Hell explaining that it’s where all Politicians go for their sin of betrayal.

When I hear the things on TV from politicians none of it sounds very “Christian like” like they talk themselves to be.. All of it just sounds like a show to me and more so like they’re favoring worldly things in order to get approval of people, to win..

I know that this was probably one of the strangest blogs I’ve ever written but honestly I truly am feeling the amount of craziness about to erupt in this country and these might be the times we need God the most.

To those who don’t believe in anything religion, you can disregard this post.

These are just my thoughts on everything going on in my head as far as this election. I hope this post makes some of you really read into Dante’s Inferno or even search the bible for some of what I posted about connecting to Dante’s Inferno.

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