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Thread #37334   Message #3584240
Posted By: GUEST,Grishka
15-Dec-13 - 05:01 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Green Grow the Rushes - pagan version
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Green Grow the Rushes - pagan version
Similar songs exist in many languages and cultures. The genre is called "numerology" (not symbolism) and must be considered "pagan" even if it contains items from the Bible. Not "garbled nonsense" though, mostly.

Therefore, the Red Banner version quoted above, which I just saw for the first time, is pretty amusing. Darwin, Einstein, and Freud would not feel flattered at all. Marx and Engels neither, although they sometimes did believe in a sort of esoteric teleology analogous to Christian scholastic tradition, and thus must not be surprised to be seized by numerologists. The Soviet leaders appreciated any sort of ovation.