4 Essays by Thomas McEvilley
The poor creature was doomed to inadequacy because the act of cre ating it was an affront to God. The moral is that only God can cre ate a soul; any being not made by God must be soulless and, as a consequence, horrible. Similarly, the golem, a being created by a rabbinical successor of Ankebuta, was a general affliction to all who had contact with him, and a terrible omen for human destiny as a
whole. The later monster of Dr. Frankenstein was represented as brain-damaged for the same hidden theological reason Ankebuta’s was; the attempt to create a person is always perceived as impious in cultures that have a myth of the soul. Monotheistic religions feature this kind of anxiety especially.