The Holy Book of Anthropolatry
The Holy Book of Anthropolatry (2017) is a poetry book philosophizing eroticism as the art form expressing the sense of touch.
The writer, Salim Ghazi Saeedi considers himself more a composer than a writer - according to his website. The book took three years to finish and its experimental style is put forward in the preface:
"From early childhood I always heard people endeavoring to find a structure for their beliefs, choosing a religion. As I had never embarked on a journey to this end, one day, encountering the beauty of a friend I asked myself why not to worship human? I researched the subject briefly but my only accomplishment was the term Anthropolatry and no more; neither an article, nor an ancient book, nor a prophet! So I wrote myself… on The Way of Anthropolatry." (Holy Book of Anthropolatry, Preface)
Salim says: "A great aspiration in my life has been finding friends and eroticizing them. I have always been obsessed by this life style. By writing this book I developed a rationale for it." He adds, "Through generalization we understand things. I tend to believe eroticism precedes desires of communication, relationship, friendship, sex and love. We being beautiful people or let's put it as our perception of ourselves being beautiful creatures feeds our desire for eroticism."
The Holy Book of Anthropolatry has a great emphasis on denouncing beliefs and adopting the language of practice - a realm free of words in which body is the medium; touch, the means of communication; and eroticism corresponding to consciousness. Salim says: "I find it pointless to argue with people about their beliefs and their factuality. In an artistic and poetic sense, all beliefs are wrong and all believers, hypocrites. Kiss the moving lips instead of letting them to trigger your understanding."
In The Holy Book of Anthropolatry we read:
"In adoring the body, pass amid the garden of flesh. Take a limb from each friend and create thy god. Your god will be in the form of a body with limbs chosen; Maybe with a bird on the shoulder or a vine around the girdle. Your god is the result of your desires you seek in fellow creatures in day; as your mind only navigates encountering of fellow creatures; as the mind is unequipped with the patterns of previously unknown."
An erotically acting person forgets about external risks; is joyful in presence of friends and embraces their beauty in its fullest. The Holy Book of Anthropolatry is dedicated to "My friends and their flesh". Interestingly Salim has a music album named Human Encounter: An instrumental account of experiences with human beings.
Being truthful is an utmost gift especially toward intrinsic and plain matters like sex. If you fantasize about a friend's body and try to philosophize it, you are creating obsessions in your consciousness. So isn't it more useful to adore friends?
The book recognizes the concepts of friend and consequently eroticism being female. Salim says: "I perceive that understanding eroticism is a female type of understanding. Even if is an understanding from a man’s point of view, it is his female aspect doing it." The book only mentions female reproductive organs in references to birth process and has an emphasis on parthenogenesis by female sex. Salim says: "In my world view, men are only poets; as if it is only women who create and form the world by themselves. Human being has no explanation for the essence of creation or other fundamental concepts. Scholars develop theories in frenzy but the reality is that today the human is no more than an observer of nature and its consumer: Transformer but not creator. Hence art remains the only way to explain fundamental concerns. In my approach, women do everything. Men just bring ideas; make poetry and are bringers of sperm. The creator is female; Earth is female; Hence the reality." This view point could also be considered as sexuality-evasive instead of sexuality-oriented. The book also considers the essence of creation as omni-sexual and the duality within, just a criteria effective in creation of Earth."
The book's style imitates ancient holy books; however it is intended to be independent of time and space. Salim explains: "I liked the idea of burying a handwritten copy of the book and letting a random guy discover it, to create the impression that it was a genuine ancient holy book. By the way every holy book could have undergone such a creative method of transcendentalism." Maybe this time and space independence makes the contents of book remain true if the book survived today age and planet and human's future breeds embarked on another cradle of life.
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Salim Ghazi Saeedi, is a progressive rock composer and experimental writer. He published 5 instrumental albums between 2006 and 2012 and critics classified them in Avant Prog and Rock in Opposition genres. A poetry collection and The Holy Book of Anthropolatry are among his book publications. www.salim.world
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