chapter  14
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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.