Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Who is that Strange Child, Empyrean?

The name Empyrean comes from the Medieval Latin empyreus, "in or on the fire (pyr)". 'Empyrean Heaven' is the place in the highest heaven which in some ancient cosmologies is said to be occupied by the element of fire or aether. Empyrean is used as a name for the firmament, and as the source of light.

The child's eyes will be recognized by those familiar with Vedic culture, as being painted with kohl. Kohl has been used since ancient times to protect the eyes and keep them healthy. In particular, it is used to protect the eyes of children from the harsh rays of the sun.

Kohl is made with a linen wick permeated with sandlewood paste, which is used to burn a castor oil lamp. The soot is captured, mixed with a few drops of pure ghee, then stored for use.

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