Some stills from the Golden Calf scene

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Still working on it, but I like how it’s coming out. Based on Exodus 32. These are all things Hebrews should NOT be doing! But of course it’s the most beautiful chapter in the film.

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Amos Yee is one of the greatest living defiers of classification

You know you’re doing something right when Amos Yee gives you a shout-out (02:34) in the midst of a passionate, funny, enlightening rant. Praise from Caesar is praise indeed.

Hathor the Golden Calf

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I took some liberties in this design. “Why all the boobies?” you may ask. Once upon a time, boobies were an object of respect, not shame and ridicule. My goddesses have big, bare breasts to represent that mindset. Not that I think boobies should be worshipped; I’m not into biological fertility, and I’m not a “breast (wo)man”. Having breasts myself, I can say they’re kind of a pain in the ass (nor am I an “ass (wo)man”). But there’s so much shame around female breasts these days, I make ’em big and plentiful on deities to remind myself, and hopefully you, that the shame, discomfort, and anger they provoke is about patriarchy, not women’s bodies.

Here’s Hathor as a golden idol:

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My favorite interpretation of Exodus 32 posits the Golden Calf was Hathor, a very popular Egyptian cow goddess. I’m running with that in my film. Fun!

Bastet

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The walk cycle is 36 frames, but this gif is 72, to allow her to walk across.

O Mighty Isis

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Timed for the Golden Calf scene.

Hathor as woman with cow head

Timed for the Golden Calf scene. The song I’m using has beats approximately every 18 frames (at 24 frames per second).

Timed for the Golden Calf scene. The song I’m using has beats approximately every 18 frames (at 24 frames per

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Faster Wadjet

I had to re-time my Wadjet – she used to be 48 frames long, now she’s a svelte 36. Here’s an earlier version. She will appear in Exodus 32 along with all the other goddesses, accompanying the Golden Calf, who is Hathor.

I had to re-time my Wadjet – she used to be 48 frames long, now she’s a svelte 36. Here’s an earlier version. She will appear in Exodus 32 along with

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Astarte

Astarte and her equine friends, based on plaques like this:

Astarte and her equine friends, based on plaques like

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Canaanite Goddess

 

Based on this famous 13th Century BCE plaque found in Israel:

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  Based on this famous 13th Century BCE plaque found in

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Exodus 16-19: A Stiff-Necked People

Music: “Reach Out I’ll Be There” by the Four Tops
Animation, design, direction, everything else: Nina Paley

Exodus 16: 1 And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.

Exhausted Hebrews wander the desert, led by MOses, Aharon, and a Pillar of Fire

2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness:

Hebrews murmur against Moses

3 And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we

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The Golden Calf: Melting

Hebrews tossing ass-loads (literally carried out of Egypt on the backs of asses) of treasure into a crucible, to cast into the Golden Calf.

Hebrews tossing ass-loads (literally carried out of Egypt on the backs of asses) of treasure into a crucible, to cast into the Golden

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Asherah-rah-rah

My Asherah is loosely based on these:

Because mine rotates, the design is super simple with hardly any detail. Here’s another version that looks slightly less like the real Ashera figures, but is a cleaner design (due to longer hair):

My Asherah is loosely based on these: Because mine rotates, the design is super simple with hardly any detail. Here’s another version that looks slightly less like the real

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Day at the Creation Museum

Moishe 'n' me

Moishe ‘n’ me

The Creation Museum in Kentucky is really a marvelous testament to what money can buy. A temple of Mammon, if you will. Designers and craftspeople work for money, not ideology, and the money here paid for some good ones. It reminded me a lot of Las Vegas that way.

You won’t learn much about the Bible here, since creationists really pick and choose. From an Old Testament perspective the whole place is outrageously idolatrous, violating the Second Commandment: “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth…” —Exodus 20:4-6 (KJV)

Finally, the Creation Museum is a magnificent monument to the limits of human psychology. Here it’s especially easy to see the extraordinary lengths humans go to to make some kind of PALATABLE sense of the world. I vastly prefer science to biblical authority, but even the best method of inquiry gets mashed through our squishy, emotional, fallible, fragile human minds. It’s easy to make fun of creationists, but we all have similar longings to understand the world, and there’s only so much cognitive discomfort we can handle before we just project on reality as we see fit.

Big ol' bible dinosaur at the entrance

Big ol’ bible dinosaur at the entrance

The Bible is authoritative, without error, and inspired by God. UNLIKE YOUR SILLY "SCIENCE" NONSENSE!

The Bible is authoritative, without error, and inspired by God. UNLIKE YOUR SILLY “SCIENCE” NONSENSE!

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Bee Goddess shirts on sale until August 4

Order at Teespring. Based on Melissa the Bee Goddess, which is based on Minoan art.

Order at Teespring. Based on Melissa the Bee Goddess, which is based on Minoan

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Bee dance

Some improvements on the bee goddess I posted yesterday.

Some improvements on the bee goddess I posted

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