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LeRoy’s Library – 0012 – Expectation v. Reality

LeRoy’s Library is Bangkok Lyrical Lunacy’s weekly Podcast where we cover our community, culture, news, events, and any other information regarding life on Earth and in Bangkok.

This week on LeRoy’s Library we will examine the dynamics of the constant struggle between expectation and reality by taking a look at the classical myth, told all over India and other parts of Asia, about the birth of Hanuman one of the most worshiped and venerated deities in the Hindu and Buddhist Pantheons.

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Featured Artists:
Michelle D’Cruz
Riva
Dominick Cartwright
DJ Rory Breaker-Morant

BUHONERO CLANDESTINO – Made in Bangkok

Buhonero Clandestino is an artist from the Central American land of Panama. He has embarked on a mission to bridge the gaps that exist between Latin America and Asia, two worlds that couldn’t possibly be further apart from one another. LATISIA is a concept and movement that serves as the vehicle by which Buhonero Clandestino brings together artists of Latin and Asian influence to examine and observe where any cultural commonalities exist in an effort to knock down barriers and tie strings to two of Humanity’s most vibrant regions.

Take a listen to Buhonero Clandestino’s new Single Socorro, on Bangkok Lyrical Lunacy’s Spotify Playlist: MiB – Made in Bangkok

Jupiter

By NASA/JPL/University of Arizona [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Jupiter a.k.a Marduk a.k.a. Jove a.k.a. Zeus a.k.a. Bṛhaspati

The most massive planet in the solar system.

Jupiter is 11.3 times the size of earth and twice as massive as all the other planets combined. So many different cultures around the world designated this planet as King of the Heavens and the Earth. In English, we refer to the planet by the designation ascribed by the Romans. In Ancient Babylon, it’s name was Marduk. In Greece the planet was known as Zeus. Bṛhaspati is what you would call it in India. No matter when or where on Earth you found yourself, if you were pointing to Jupiter, everyone would understand that you are calling their attention to the Alpha and the Omega, the Keeper of Order, whose dominion was all and everything.

When characterizing the planet in his epic poem The Iliad, the ancient poet Homer said that all the other gods together could not pull him down, but he could pull them along with the Earth. Funny enough, this is actually scientifically accurate as Jupiter’s size and gravitational pull, second only to that of the Sun, has an effect on the orbits of each the planets in the solar system. Its gravitational force is also said to have played a crucial role in the formation of solar system during its early history and it is believed to attract and deflect space debris that could otherwise potentially bombard our home, the Earth. How’s that for the maintainer of order and the king of the realm?

Jupiter’s name in India is the root word for the Hindu Calendar’s designation for Thursday, or Thor’s Day, referring to the Lord of Lighting. It’s quite peculiar that, almost everywhere on Earth, this is how Jupiter was characterized especially given the fact that it wasn’t until we were able to closely observe the planet with modern telescopes that we knew that the giant spot, visible since the 1600’s, was a giant hurricane 3 times in size as the diameter of the the Earth! Almost every human culture developed to understand this planet as the symbol for the master of the universe, making it a core, if not central, figure in the mythologies found across our own.

 

 

Rite your Writing: Taking control of your writing habits

Human Behaviour is an interesting phenomena that manifests in as many variations and pattern as Earth has diversity in its life forms. Yet despite all the thousands of ways humans choose or are compelled to behave and move about in the world, there is generally one behaviour we all share that has tied all of humans together across cultures and across time: Ritual.

Ritual, though not exactly unique to humans, is as important to humanity’s development as consciousness, or language, or storytelling. It’s true that other life forms can be observed engaging in ritual mating practices or migration patterns. However human animal is the only animal on Earth that deliberately performs and employs ritual to achieve a specified aim or desired effect. Human civilizations have throughout history, developed their own series of deliberately timed rituals of all kinds to for the purpose of tying a group of people together to maintain their bond as a society, and to reveal the nature of the environment or universe it exists. This is done to ensure a cultural identity and to ensure its own longevity.

Civilizations pass down all sorts of wisdom from one generation to the next in the form of ritual exercises that are acted out by members of the society and that reflect a given Civilization’s world view. Be it a newborn child’s bris, an adolescents First Communion, a daily cycle of evenly spaced prayer, or an elder’s funeral, ritual not only acts as a waypoint marker on the Human animals journey across life and time, but it serves as a way of disseminating crucial knowledge that future generations will need to have in order to ensure a Civilization’s survival so it can begin to thrive. This is why most early civilizations tend to have a heavy reliance on a religious infrastructure because, throughout history, religious institutions have been providing humanity with the rituals and symbols needed for man to face and bear the struggle of being alive and staying that way whilst on this spinning wet rock crawling with danger in one of the most remote areas of the galaxy. Ritual is what has allowed humans crawl out of the woods, band together as a unit to ensure survival, and be disciplined enough to nurture tribes into empires. By studying the stars and learning the precise timing of seasonal shifts, humans began enacted rituals to punctuate when to plant crops, when to harvest, and when to stock up for the winters or droughts when no crops grew.

One ritual that has endured and transformed humanity in incalculable ways is writing. Once a skill reserved only for the most elite priests and kings, writing allowed humanity to preserve ideas and knowledge in ways that enabled one to communicate across time. The earliest book ever written, generated in Mesopotamia by Babylonian and Sumerian cultures, is The Epic of Gilgamesh. This epic poem served as the first written template for humanity to reference over the centuries as it generated myths and legends to explain its ever evolving system of beliefs and communicate its values. Ever since then, kings and emperors have used the written word to recount their heroic adventures and conquests, and propagandise their exploits to carry their reputation beyond the walls of their kingdoms, across lands, and across time.

Writing is the primary ritual practice of any king or queen. The Assyrian conquerer Sennacherib would send stone tablets filled with his writings that gave very detailed and equally gory descriptions of how he brought entire kingdoms to their knees so as to compel any presiding monarch to capitulate with out bloodshed. The Caesars of Rome very dutifully journaled their genocidal marches across the European continent as they systematically eliminated native Celtic, Gallic, and Germanic tribes to bolster their wealth and renown. The Books of the Old Testament where written by a successive line of Prophet Kings. Any look back at history shows that the word of the king is always the primary resource and any king who did not make their writing into a rite, was a king who history has nothing to say about.

It’s that simple.

So you who are a poet, an artist, a singer, a writer, if you die TODAY, what will history and humanity have available to begin to piece together and understand the universe you lived and existed in?

Now tell me again about how you can’t ever bring yourself to write anything so that I can ask, with a heavy dose of snark, what habits you have designed and incorporated into your daily life that make your writing into a rite in the same manner that religion has made prayer and meditation into a daily practice?

Whoa, what a concept!
YOU can DESIGN and dictate YOUR behaviour through RITUAL.

So rite your writing already!

 

 

WASABI BYTES – Made in Bangkok

WASABI BYTES

Wasabi Bytes is an electronic band headed by the one and only Grahame Wasabi, who over the years has left an indelible mark on the destiny of Bangkok Lyrical Lunacy and that of Bangkok’s underground creative arts scene as a whole. As former owner of the Overground Bar and Café, which served as an incubator for much of Bangkok’s currently flourishing talent, Grahame provided a spring board that enabled many cultural movements within Bangkok (including our own) to gain traction.

Sir Wasabi G brings together a motley crew of musical and personal perspectives that team up in a mashup of 80’s Electronica, Rock, Hip-hop, Techno, and House that all coalesces to make edgy and and heart pumping tracks.

A careful observer might note that Wasabi Bytes is often accompanied by a fellow who goes by the name jnknslry, who bears a striking resemblance to Bangkok Lyrical Lunacy’s own host Leroy Jenkonius iii. Could it be the same??

Be sure to listen to Wasabi Bytes tracks such as Like Games Did, Chaotic, DROP, or Pulling Strings; all available on Bangkok Lyrical Lunacy’s Spotify Playlist: MiB – Made in Bangkok.

LeRoy’s Library – 0006 – Slam Files v. 1

LeRoy’s Library is Bangkok Lyrical Lunacy’s weekly Podcast where we cover our community, culture, news, events, and any other information regarding life on Earth and in Bangkok.

In this episode, we throw it back to last Thursday night and take a listen to poems used by contestants at our last Poetry Slam. We have a charged selection of poetry from the top scoring poets of the night to help us relive the evenings proceedings.

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Featured Performers and Artists:
Dhami Boo
Rainbow Kid
Bedroom Poet
Guy
MIND WIDE OPEN
Wasabi Byte

LeRoy’s Library – 0005 – Call to Adveture

LeRoy’s Library is Bangkok Lyrical Lunacy’s weekly Podcast where we cover our community, culture, news, events, and any other information regarding life on Earth and in Bangkok.

In this episode, we focus our attention on the things that make us take action, to move with intent, and go forth despite the obstacles along the way that are Life’s only guarantee. We do so by examining a very common scene found in art and literature from all over the Planet known as the Call to Adventure.

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Featured Performers and Artists:
Emerson Steinberg
Chris Aldana Sanders
Wasabi Bytes

LeRoy’s Library – 0004 – Ego

LeRoy’s Library is Bangkok Lyrical Lunacy’s weekly Podcast where we cover our community, culture, news, events, and any other information regarding life on Earth and in Bangkok.

In this episode, we take a deep dive inside The Self, with a healthy helping of poetry that examines The Ego. There’re choppy seas ahead with lack luster skies as we force our eye to lie upon the Truth our mind has long surmised, yet long denied.

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Featured Performers and Artists:
Dominick Cartwright
Michael Holt
DJ Rory Breaker-Morant and the SuperFly Allstars

LeRoy’s Library – 0003 – Meet the Goddess

LeRoy’s Library is Bangkok Lyrical Lunacy’s weekly Podcast where we cover our community, culture, news, events, and any other information regarding life on Earth and in Bangkok.

In this episode, we observe and discuss a literary phenomena that occurs in all kinds of myths, movies, and stories given to us by cultures from all over the planet. The Meeting with the Goddess is an archetypal scene that you might recognize in many familiar stories, and is the subject of this edition of LeRoy’s Library.

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Featured Performers and Artists:
DJ Aaron James
Michelle D’Cruz
Riva
Chris Aldana Sanders
Wasabi Bytes

LeRoy’s Library – 0002 – Cross the Threshold

LeRoy’s Library is Bangkok Lyrical Lunacy’s weekly Podcast where we cover our community, culture, news, events, and any other information regarding life on Earth and in Bangkok.

In this episode, we will explore the thoughts, ideas, and feelings one encounters when faced with an important life event reflected in the mythologies of cultures across the planet. We will use poems and performances from our Open Mic Show to examine the human psyche’s reaction to being placed before a Threshold to the unknown.

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Featured Performers and Artists:
Delfin Solomon
Austin Nicholas
Nilofer “Nilo” Khan