Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
As prepared the prompt list for this month I discovered a theological idea which I had never heard of. It's directly the result of the monotheistic belief of The Aten, the religion "invented" by Akhenaten, and was the base of the most christian religions. I had never heard of Monophysitism our prompt for today. It isn't an easy prompt so I thought to give a brief explanation of the meaning and birth of it.
|Sailing on The Nile
In the part of the world were we are this month, the region of The Nile, Monophysitism is the mean idea of Jesus as a divine being. Because of the difficult prompt today, I have tried to bring it here in another way.
As I look at Monophysitism and haiku than there is in a way a connection between the two ideas. In Monophysitism Jesus is seen as divine and isn't that the way we, haijin, look at nature itself? Don't we see nature as divine? All our haiku (and tanka maybe) are based on the idea of nature and mankind as part of it. Isn't nature the most important theme of our beloved haiku? We can see that e.g. in the use of kigo (seasonwords) which connects our haiku with nature. In the classical way of writing haiku we have to use a kigo, a word that points us to the season in which the haiku is written.
rustling bamboo -
a new day rises
in the mystery of the dawn
the sound of rain
I know this prompt isn't easy, so ... just try to catch the idea which I gave here "haiku is nature, so haiku is divine".
This episode is open for your submissions tonight at 7.00 PM (CET) and will remain open until August 22nd at noon (CET). I will try to publish our next episode, Khartoum, later on.