The Hymn that is analyzed in this important Textbook is all-important for understanding the worship of Helios Megistos Kouros on the Sacred Lotus Isle of Rhodes, and how this Heliopolis-related Trinitarianism is related to the Eastern worship of Radha-Krishna and Baladeva. As with the primary Texts for the study of Asclepius and the Jewish Miniatures, to sort-out what is essential for our understanding requires some in-depth knowledge of the still-surviving cultus of Sri Sri Radha-Krishna and Baladeva. By comparing the living Vrindavan-Mathura Tradition of the Megistos Kouros Krishna to the ancient worship of the Megistos Kouros in the Mediterranean, we can actually understand what Prof. J.E. Harrison was unable to. She had no deep insight into the Great Living Tradition of the Megistos Kouros to illuminate her studies, but we do! Using the Living Radha-Krishna and Baladeva centric Tradition of Vaishnavism as a template, we can identify the essential elements of the Primal Megistos Kouros and Kore Divine Love Tradition, and avoid the confusion created by the later development of Astrology-related Greco-Roman Polytheism, Gnosticism and the many other adversarial thought-systems patronised by the slave-keeping ‘false gods of the world’. In the beginning of the Rhodian-based Heliopolitan Asyla Federations, Kouros and Kore as God Ess dwelt on Earth as Polieus and Tyche in each of Their Sanctuaries. Their entire Nome or Temple City-State Society was the Incarnate Mystical Social Body of Their Vastu (Egyptian WASET) of Purusha/Polieus and Hladini Shakti Tyche. Today Their ancient Polis has now become a Parish and the Sacramental Social Body of the Polieus/Purusha is now the Sacramental Mystical Social Body of Jesus Christ Polieus/Purusha. In Vaishnavism and Pure Land Buddhism the ancient Theo-Centric Temple Societies of Purusha and Prakriti (Shakti) still exist, but they are no longer allied in great Asyla Temple City-State Federations as they once were in the past.
Now, the present state of so-called ‘Hinduism’ is analogous to the late pre-Christian chaotic state of Mediterranean Regional Polytheism, Gnosticism and Philosophy, wherein countless schools of thought vied for the patronage of the powerful self-appointed ‘gods of the world’.
At the time of the Advent of Jesus Christ, still standing-apart from the countless thought-systems of the ‘false gods of the world’ were the Member Temples and City-States of the Heliopolitan Asyla Federations. In the Region, the Temple of Serapis in Alexandria Egypt was a part of a Great Heliopolitan Asyla Federation that Included the faithful Jews!
To understand the relationship of the Paradisical Bridal Mysticism worship of Kouros and Kore to the Royal Awe and Reverence worship of Polieus and Tyche, one only needs to study the Vaishnava Sources that describe in-depth the difference between Radha-Krishna and Balarama worship and the Royal worship of Sri Krishna-Vishnu in His countless Royal (Raja/Rex/Regent) ‘expansions’ as Vasudeva (Basileos /Bazodeo).
Even though the Hymn identifies KOUROS as the origin of ALL of the gods, Prof. Harrison still does not understand what this means, and continues to treat ‘Zeus’ as the Supreme Father God of the Greeks. Only ONE Greek ‘God’ was always the Megistos Kouros, and this was Helios of Rhodes. Zeus Fulgar the Lighting thrower and King of the ‘gods’ is just the Indra of the East. In His Bhagavad-Gita Krishna says that as the King of the Devas, He is Indra.
Once all of the different Vedic Age devas and devis ‘Gods and Goddesses’ were locally-worshiped ‘Expansions’, Theophanies, Forms or Incarnations of Kouros and Kore. Eventually these Manifestations of the Supreme God Ess were disconnected from their Origin, and turned into mundane astrological planetary regents or other mundane entities or forces to be feared and propitiated etc.
When anointed kings and queens ruled benevolently on behalf of Vasudeva and Vasudevi, (Basileos and Basilea) their temple communities prospered and collectively formed great catholic Asyla Federations of unity with diversity. As the worship of slave-keeping ‘false gods’ spread, it tore apart these alliances.
Harrison’s vast knowledge allows her to introduce into this Text many elements essential to the understanding of this process. She also connects Kouros to the Hero Herakles, and the ‘Sun’ Worship of Helios, but fails to make all of the right connections, because of the lack of information available to her, regarding the worship of Radha-Krishna and Baladeva. Surely if she had read Srila Prabhupada’s books, she would have recognised Krishna and Balarama as the Megistos Kouroi ‘Apollo and Dionysos’ and she would have studied the Kouros and Kore Cultus of Rhodes and the related Heliopolitan Religion of Egypt and the Levant ! All of her questions would have been answered. But, we now can answer them, thanks to the Vaishnava Acaryas who have preserved the Tradition of the Greatest Youths/Kouroi, Krishna and Balarama, Who Are the Origin of ALL of the Gods!
Their Beloved Rhoda/Radha is still our Holy Mother too! All Glories to Our Lady Mary-Mariam/Nari-Narayani Rosa Mystica, the Mystical Rose/Rhoda!
It has been decades since I had a copy to refer to. Your link is the first time that I have seen this excellent Text in a very long time! When I have time I will try to pull-out the most relevant pages. In the meantime, the most important thing to study is the Hymn to Kouros (Hymn of the Kouretes) itself. Prof. Harrison begins her analysis of the Hymn in her Introduction on page X and XI.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1912BL781.H32Digital Table of Contents
Half Title Page: Page i
Title Page: Page iii
Verso of the Title Page: Page iv
Introduction: Page vii
Table of Contents: Page xxiii
Addenda et Corrigenda: Page xxxi
Chapter I: The Hymn of the Kouretes: Page 1
Chapter II: The Dithyramb, the Dromenon and the Drama: Page 30
Chapter III: The Kouretes, The Thunder-Rites and Mana: Page 50
Chapter V: Totemism, Sacrament and Sacrifice: Page 118
Chapter VI: The Dithyramb, the Spring Festival and the Hagia Triada Sarcophagos: Page 158
Chapter VII: The Origin of the Olympic Games: Page 212
Chapter VIII: Daimon and Hero: Page 260
Chapter IX: From Daimon to Olympian: Page 364
Chapter X: The Olympians: Page 445
Chapter XI: Themis: Page 480
Index I: Greek Words: Page 537
Index III: Passages Quoted: Page 539
Index IV: General Index: Page 546