The text of this song was written by late 19th/early 20th century British born poet Renée Vivien. The poem, La Genèse Profane, was published by Alphonse Lemerre in Brumes de Fjords which can be read here. Read the English translation of this poem below.
This song is taken from a soundtrack created for Per Faxneld’s near-700 page doctoral dissertation, Satanic Feminism. A study of 19th Century feminism, assessing the influence of the Luciferian archetype as liberator – theological and socio-political.
According to the Bible, Eve was the first to heed Satan’s advice to eat of the forbidden fruit. The notion of woman as the Devil’s accomplice is prominent throughout the history of Christianity. During the nineteenth century, rebellious females performed counter-readings of this misogynist tradition. Hereby, Lucifer was reconceptualised as a feminist liberator of womankind, and Eve became a heroine. In these reimaginings, Satan is an ally in the struggle against a patriarchy supported by God the Father and his male priests.
Each song mirrors a chapter, with a quote read over music by Christian von H., Patrik Hultin, Tondurakar, Jesper Erwik Johansson and Kristian Pettersson.
La Genèse Profane by Renée Vivien:
I. – Before the birth of the Universe, there were two eternal principles, Jehovah and Satan.
II. – Jehovah embodied Force, Satan Guile.
III. – However, the two great principles hated each other with a profound hatred.
IV. – At this time, Chaos reigned.
V. – Jehovah said: «Let there be light.» – And there was light.
VI. – And Satan created the mystery of the night.
VII. – Jehovah breathed on the vastness and his breath made the sky spring forth.
VIII. – Satan covered the unrelenting azure with the fleeting grace of clouds.
IX. – From the laborious hands of Jehovah spring appeared.
X. – Satan dreamed the melancholy of autumn.
XI. – Jehovah devised the robust or slender shapes of animals.
XII. – Beneath the furtive smile of Satan flowers burst forth.
XIII. – Jehovah kneaded clay. And, of this clay, he made man.
XIV. – From the essence of this same flesh blossomed, idealized, the flesh of woman, Satan’s creation.
XV. – Jehovah bent man and woman under violence and the embrace.
XVI. – Satan taught them the acute subtelty of the caress.
XVII. – Jehovah formed the soul of a poet with his breath.
XVIII. – He inspired the Bard of Ionia, the mighty Homer.
XIX. – Homer celebrated the magnificence of carnage and the glory of spilled blood, the destruction of cities, the sobbing of widows, devastating fires, the flash of swords, the clash of battle.
XX. – Satan bowed down towards the sunset, over the repose of Sappho, the Lesbian.
XXI. – And she sang the fugitive forms of love, the pallors and the ecstasies, the magnificent unfurling of hair, the burning scent of roses, the rainbow, throne of Aphrodite, the bitterness and sweetness of Eros, the sacred dances of the Cretan women around the altar illuminated by stars, solitary slumber while the moon and the Pleiades sink into the night, the immortal pride which is contemptuous of sorrow and smiles in death, and the charm of female kisses to the rhythm of the muffled flow of the sea expiring beneath the voluptuous walls of Mitylene.
– Renée Vivien La Genèse profane (English translation) from Brumes de Fjords (1902).
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