Oztology


Wizard of Oz
Land of Oz
Ozma of Oz
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
Road to Oz
Emerald City of Oz
Patchwork Girl of Oz
Tik-Tok of Oz
Scarecrow of Oz
Rinkitink in Oz
Lost Princess of Oz
Tin Woodman of Oz
Magic of Oz

Glinda of Oz

The hypothesis is that there is an underlying rationale of Oz and that furthermore Oz at the supporting, conceptual level is a Gaelic speaking fairy paradise, Tir nan Og, (pronounced tay nan oz) running on Chinese fairy metaphysics as interpreted by a Theosophist.

How deep you dig into the obscure and unfamiliar to establish plausibility depends on the acquaintance your audience has to the concepts in question.

Narnia is a good example. For a Christian who takes supersessionism for granted, the Christian background is immediately obvious. For a Jew growing up in a supersessionist milieu, obvious when pointed out. For a Buddhist who is vaguely aware of Christianity and has no concept of supersessionism at all, much digging would be required and much would need to be explained. For a practitioner of Bon, the footnotes would be larger than the text.

For technical Theosophy we are all like Buddhists. When I was 8 and 9 years old I read through numerous books on Theosophy written in the 1800s and consolidated the technical aspects into a number of notebooks. This was from a public library founded in the early 1900s and which hadn't got rid of a book since.

By the late 1800s the concept of basing fictional history on a rationalized background of world-building had become familiar. The Waverly novels of Scott had been immensely popular. Novels set in foreign lands based on travelogue material were kicking butt. This was to develop into what is now called the fully-realized novel. Invented history, language, geography etc of which the most extreme example is Middle Earth. The present most popular example is Discworld which started out as a parody which turned into a Silverlock which turned into a fully realized philosophical entertainment.

The Theosophic background that seems to me to be significant will be found in the Notes 1 through 25 and I'll take the Oz books one by one and see if any of it seems to apply. Since I don't see any way this can be quantified I'm not looking to prove anything but rather to see if a fit looks any better than a picture made by mold on a wall.

Theosophic Ontology was an Omnium Gatherum of Hieroglyphic, Coptic, Cabbalistic, Druidic, Pythagorean, Orphic, Hermetic, Zoroastrian, Mithraic, Gnostic, Ebionite, Buddhist, Eleusinian, Samothracan ontology, as understood in the 1800s, smurged together, with the rough corners knocked off.

As I understand it, the idea was that by all this overlaying, the underlying Truth that exists at the heart of all philosophic and religious systems would become evident. Perhaps... but this at least can be said for it, it was a self defining and consistent whole, and unique in that it answered all the questions of Ontology.

I'll keep it brief and to the point, without extended commentary unless requested. I'll avoid the use of Sanskrit and redefine English words to be the appropriate technical terms where necessary. I will put any comments that aren't implied in the notes in double parens. Take everything else as a rephrase of the notes. Sometimes a very broad rephrase.


Books
Wizard of Oz part01     part02   part03   part04     part05   part06
Land of Oz part01     part02
Ozma of Oz part01     part02   part03
Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz part01     part02   part03   part04   part05   part06
Road to Oz part01     part02   part03   part04
Emerald City of Oz part01     part02   part03   part04
Patchwork Girl of Oz part01      part02
Tik-Tok of Oz part01      part02
Scarecrow of Oz part01
Rinkitink in Oz part01
Lost Princess of Oz   part01
Tin Woodman of Oz   part01
Magic of Oz part01
Glinda of Oz   part01
Notes     Intro to notes

Notes on Ontology

     note01 note02 note03 note04 note05 note06 note07 note08 note09 note10 note11 note12 note13 note14 note15 note16 note17

Note on Cosmology
     note18

Notes on Ethics, Economy and Food
     note19 note20 note21 note22 note23 note24 note25




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