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Beluga Scripture: Ikap Cetus, Hymnic 2   Leave a comment

Ikap Cetus, Hymnic 2

Songs could be the same,
Songs could be different,
Songs could be sheltered,
Songs could be shared.

With individual songs there was distinction;
With distinction there was evaluation;
With evaluation there was preference;
With preference there was choice.

There was the choice of the nature of the song.
There was the choice of the singing of the song.
There was the choice to share.
There was the choice to imitate.
There was the choice to alter.

The nature of the song,
The nature of singing the song,
The choice to share,
For some separations,
Was based on sharing with those identities
That expressed appreciation and admiration.

Appreciation and Admiration was expressed by singing the same song in response.

Changes of song and singing produced changes to Appreciation and Admiration.

Changes of song and singing established the nature of an identity.

Identities expressed different expressions of Appreciation and Admiration
By singing the same song differently,
By changing the song.
Through alterations of singing and song
All ranges of Appreciation and Admiration could be expressed
Such variations of Appreciation and Admiration were infinite
And so infinite are the number of songs
And so infinite are the ways of singing of a single song.

Posted July 22, 2011 by belugabeliefs in Ikap Cetus, Posts

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Beluga Scripture: Ikap Cetus, Hymnic 1   Leave a comment

Ikap Cetus, Hymnic 1

Before singing,
Before sound,
Before water,
Before Upper Sky,
Before time and energy itself,
There was one oneness.  

This one oneness was everything.
This one oneness was nothing. 
It had no form, size, length, duration, or anything else. 
It was just one oneness.
And it was especially one oneness.

With one oneness, there was no discord, no dissent, no distinction and no distance.
There was only one oneness. 
And all there was was one oneness.

There was no misunderstanding. 
There were no problems.
There was no birth,
There was no death and
There was no change.

There was only the one oneness.

And one oneness,
Capable of anything,
Invented the concept of the idea.

And from the idea of the idea came the idea of creating ideas.

As an idea was created it was understood. 
As an idea was understood it had no purpose or place without action.

And so action was created as an idea.

And any idea could be represented as an action idea.

And because there was no boundary or limits to the one oneness,
All ideas could be created and understood.

And the most interesting idea was the idea of play.

And for there to be play, there could no longer be one oneness. 
There had to be players. 
And the more players there were the more instances of play.

And thus the one oneness became many. 

This created separation.

And each of the many was a separate separation. 

And now that there was separation, play could commence.

All pure play was song. 
Song was play and
Play was song.

Each song could be the same,
But for songs to be different,
Separations had to assume an identity.

And with each identity came individual songs.

And each identity was responsible for songs and
Each song was responsible for identity.

Each separation was highly entertained with exchanging songs.

However with identity came pride, self-awareness and esteem.

And it came about that identities soon engaged in impressing other identities in order to feel important or, in other words, more different.

And appreciation and admiration was an admission that this identity was different than another.

And separations began to strive to create special songs to emphasize the individual identity and receive appreciation and admiration.

Beluga Scripture   Leave a comment

Following are the individual books and chapters of the Beluga scripture as relayed directly to me by Beluga elders.  I have done my best not to add, subtract or alter anything conveyed.  However, the artic waters can get very cold and it is not an easy task remembering everything perfectly in such conditions.

Posted July 17, 2011 by belugabeliefs in Posts, Preface

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Introduction   1 comment

Lately, across all seven seas, there has been much mockery of the religious beliefs of the Beluga Whale.  Varying versions of their distinctive beliefs are so widely circulated that one has to almost be a Ganges River Dolphin not to have heard some incredible tale purportedly attributed to that white artic whale, the distinctive Beluga.

Commonly circulated are references to their advanced scripture which talks about a strange non-water creature called “Huh-Muh-Sa” or more formally, “Huh-Muh-Sa-Pi-Een-Na”.  Outside the Artic White Whale community, this is derisively referred to as “Who-May-Sap-Us-Now or even “Who-May-Zap-Us-Now!” 

Common characterizations of these beliefs, taken totally out of the context of Beluga Scripture, make such dogma seem clearly preposterous.  Who-May-Sap-Us-Now is portrayed as a hairy land beast that slices up Cetaceans, uses Cetacean remains not only as food treats but to make light out of the  darkness,  produce heat, alter perceived body odor,  hold in this ugly beast’s mid-section, remove land particulates, and on and on.  This topic gets particularly weird with nearly impossible to fathom concepts like shoe polish and car wax.

It is said that Belugas all blindly believe that “Huh-Muh-Sa” will remove all Cetacean life from the Ocean and that today, right now, Huh-Muh-Sa build their own little oceans in which they keep captured Belugas, Bottle Noses and Orcas, derisively calling every Orca by the name “Sha-Muh”, asking for what Beluga’s call “currency” for the enabling of a Huh-Muh-Sa and their “family” to stare at caged Orcas as the Huh-Muh-Sa “Tray-Nor” force each captured Orca to beg for  little food treats.  Clearly, out of context of the Beluga scriptures, this sounds totally insane.

More insane sounding than any of this, is the widely circulated notion that Belugas accept  the premise that Huh-Muh-Sa can destroy all mammal-life at will by unleashing large collections of “atomic fire”.  This is one of many special Beluga terms and brings us to one of the more common complaints about the Beluga system of beliefs: their vocabulary.

Much ridicule is made of the specialized vocabulary with strange words like “Lower sky”, “Upper sky”, “possessions”, “pollution”, “buildings” “weapons”, “capture”, “cancer”, “climate”, “physics”, and the seemingly endless “re” words like revenge, retribution, retaliation, reclamation,  regulation, remuneration, rehydration, and the particular controversial “realization” and “recognition”.  As much fun as many bottle noses seem to have of mocking such funny sounds, it is the Beluga’s contention that previously unfamiliar concepts require their own special terms and so, left with no other option, such terms had to be invented.

It seems odd that we have so little tolerance for the religion of the Beluga.  Clearly, the Artic White Whale does not easily endear us with its backward swimming, fondness for spitting and playing with its food, its lack of general speed, the stark white color of mature adults, the odd shape of its head, its claims to being able to change head shape and turn it this way and that, its missing dorsal fin, its idiosyncratic high pitched twitter and the well-documented instability of Beluga pods. (Ed. Note: For our dear friends, the Blue Whales out there , a pod is a social unit that promotes group protection, raising of young, and meal gathering.) Yet, all of us have our peculiarities and generally, as Cetaceans, we pride ourselves on embracing diverse religions and expressions.  Is it that we have seen so many Cetacean species vanish recently, and, with the dwindling numbers of the Belugas, would prefer to somehow show them to be so different that we don’t have to make the comparison between what is happening to them and what could happen to us?  Maybe deep down, we are afraid that the Belugas know something about their fate and ours that we would prefer to remain ignorant of. 

Or maybe it is simply the unbelievable claims that so many Belugas publicly make.  Many species of cetaceans are supposedly captured by Huh-Muh-Sa, but Belugas are the very first Cetaceans to have been captured by Huh-Muh-Sa!  And that one of their prophets, after being captured in “Jah-Pah-Na”, was somehow able to teach Huh-Muh-Sa to identify sounds representing objects! And, especially challenging,  is their unique  belief that the very most enlightened of the Beluga Whales, by eventually reaching the exalted state of being able to “sing” with Huh-Muh-Sa,  hold the key to all Cetacean salvation.  To the proud Humpback and the fiercely independent Blue Whale, this is a most objectionable cork in the blowhole.

Regardless of what is behind this lack of tolerance and the endless stream of bubbles blown at the Belugas, as a Cetatheologian who widely travels, and can manage the colder currents, it is within my means to collect the Beluga religious beliefs directly from the Belugas themselves and then pass this on to you who can, in turn, pass it on, unaltered, to any other interested Cetacean.

This is no minor effort on my part.  I do this not for fame or recognition or even a sense of fairness to the Belugas. I may not agree with the incredible Beluga belief of their purported great ancestor, “Hih-Poh-Pah-Toh-Mah”, but  I was, as a calf, brought up to believe (like so many of us) that all Cetaceans came from a common ancestry line and that we are all brothers and sisters deep down.  To understand ourselves, it is best to understand each other.

Beluga Beliefs   Leave a comment

This blog is simply named “Beluga Beliefs” representing the general religious and philosophical beliefs of most pods of Beluga Whales, particularly the subpopulation from the Cook Inlet in Alaska.  

I am hoping this name, “Beluga Beliefs” is specific enough for my purposes, since, at present, there  is no indication that either Beluga Caviar or Beluga Lentils have any notably interesting beliefs of their own.

Any similarities between the Beluga religion and any other religion, even the secret religion of the Artic Narwhal,  is purely coincidental.