Kiksuya means Remember

“Kiksuya” is Lakota for “Remember.” Episode 8 was the best episode of Westworld Season 2 so far. Maybe the best of the series as well.

Jeremy D. Johnson returns for another Deep Dive. Today we talk Shamanism, the birth of mythologies from personal experience to group recognition, when Dante met Beatrice, the decent into the underworld, Integral Yoga, and much more as we Dive Deep into episode 2.8

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2 thoughts on “Kiksuya means Remember

  1. Hi~ Thank you! I really enjoyed this episode! My husband and I started watching the first season and hearing your shared perspectives is giving it a richer, deeper dimension. Just wanted to comment on the flies! It may be possible they are a symbolism derived from Medieval Renaissance or earlier. Check out some of the painting during that era and you will see insects played heavily in paintings and designs as a sort of psychoactive element. Found this on a website:

    “Renaissance paintings are rich in philosophical and Christian symbolism regarding insects.
    From the of time of the Roman persecution Christians used signs and symbols to secretly identify each other. The Church commissioned sacred images that acted as moral instruction to illiterate serfs who clamored for spiritual enlightenment of the holy scriptures. The religious images, carvings and stone work served as a constant reminder of the hellish suffering that awaited heretics and sinners if they strayed from Gods word and church law. Byzantine, Gothic, Northern Renaissance and Italian Renaissance paintings are rich in philosophical Christian symbolism regarding Insects.

    Most prominently featured Insects in Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance Painting

    Cicada – symbol of prayer, sanctuary and hope

    Caterpillar – symbolize the life cycle, regeneration, rebirth

    Fly – symbol of rot, wasting away, decay, death, melancholia”

    A fly hovering over a church official or nobleman indicates disfavor with the king or corruption and dereliction of duty.

    A fly hovering over a maiden or noblewoman suggests shamelessness or a woman given to lustful actions.

    Looking forward to your next Chinwag-

    1. Wow, that’s fascinating, Julie, thanks for pointing it out. I figured – if they weren’t accidental – then it must have something to do with carrion, rot, decay, etc. But this info is very illuminating.

      I still really wonder if they are doing it on purpose or not. On the one hand, there are a lot of flies in Utah and each “take” costs money. On the other hand, “Godless” on Netflix features many scenes where bees are crawling on people’s faces which, though they look very real, are certainly SFX. So maybe somebody came up with an FX program that makes insects easy, and new shows are jumping on it.

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