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    This is a story taken from The Life of Hildegard of Bingen (12th cent.). It tells of a mysterious event that frightens a troubled priest and sends him to seek her help. Winner of two awards in the UWA Machinima III challe...
    This is a story taken from The Life of Hildegard of Bingen (12th cent.). It tells of a mysterious event that frightens a troubled priest and sends him to seek her help. Winner of two awards in the UWA Machinima III challenge "Journey." Viewer Discretion Advised: sexuality, theology, and my singing. :) Nota Bene: I am NOT a Catholic, or pious; I'm a medievalist and this story interests me. Hildegard is my heroine, though. And in this version, liberally adapted from the Vita by Gottfried and Theodoric, I hope to do justice to her music, her language, and her wisdom. This is very much a Pascal celebration, I guess. I uploaded it on Easter Eve.Just for some background on Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179): at only ten years old she was given by her family to the monastery of Disibodenberg in Rhineland Germany to be brought up as an anchoress, but her enclosure became a small convent. She was NEVER an Abbess, she was NEVER officially sainted (only in Germany is she called "heilige"). She DID compose amazing songs of which "O Orzchis Ecclesia" is the only text that features her invented language (Lingua Ignota). She DID found two convents at Bingen (Rupertsberg) and Eibingen where she was the magistra. At the age of 43 she told the Abbot at Disibodenberg that a voice from the Living Light told her to say and write what she heard and saw--and that command helped her produce nine books, a collection of songs, a play, and hundreds of letters. When asked about her visions she said she NEVER went into a trance-state, like so many female mystics. The illuminations made of her visions are famous as is her music. She rose in status and counseled popes and kings, traveled, preached, healed the sick and died of a ripe old age. During her later years, partly because of the rumors of her Unknown Language, she came to be seen as a diviner, prophet, and miracle worker. This vignette from the Life is only one of the "miraculous" deeds she was said to have performed. I left out the language typical of her--the elaborate metaphors and the humility formulas in which she castigates her gender (ego paupercula feminea forma... etc.) Rather, I wanted to depict her as a common-sensical consoler. Wake up, face yourself, you will be alright.Finally, "for you are arid, and you must be green." "Greenness," or "viriditas," was one of Hildegard's most pervasive metaphors for the energy of the divine in the world. Dryness was the absence of it. I like to think the priest's demotion in rank was his bursting into life.
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