Oenyaw’s Comedy Divine!


The Terraces of Purgatory

Zephaniah’s Lucky Day

I Felt My Heart Awaken

The Song of Cerberus

Pazuzu and Captain Howdy Meet Again

Status Meeting of the Second Hierarcy

Eternal Intermission

Malacoda Awaits

Lunch on the Banks of Cocytus

Satan’s Calliope

All track s copyright 2008 David Wayne Higgins

The thought is not to do a musical version of Dante’s Inferno, but an album based on a trip to hell by Oenyaw.

01-Entre-act is an overture. 24 really loud orchestral “bangs”. A loud that slowly fades as one is entering the gates.

02-The Terraces of Purgatory is explained as those guilty of the seven deadly sins. I look at it as the difference between doing time at county as opposed to state. You’re in jail, but it could be worse. The terrace looks out over hell, not the prettiest view in the universe, but definitely interesting.

03-Zephaniah’s Lucky Day is a story from The Apocalypse of Zephaniah, an ancient apocryphal work attributed to the Biblical Zephaniah. In the canonical Book of Zephaniah there is a prominent amount of mystical and apocalyptic imagery, and the Apocalypse takes a similar subject to it. The narrative consists of Zephaniah being taken to visit Heaven and to Sheol, though it is the account of his vision of Hell that is the more notable of the two. In Sheol, Zephaniah witnesses two giant angels, one of which is named Eremiel, and described as the guardian of the souls. The other gives Zephaniah a scroll containing a list of all his sins, but a second scroll is presented and the text is missing at this point. Zephaniah is judged to be innocent is transmuted into an angel.

04-I Felt My Heart Awaken
A poem by Dante, and a break in all the hot action.
I felt a loving spirit suddenly,
past a long slumber, in my heart arise;
from far away then Love I seemed to see,
so glad, I could his face ill recognize.
He told me, “Do your best to honor me,”
and laughter in each word I did surmise.
With my lord there, I was still eagerly
watching his steps, when I, to my surprise,
saw lady Vanna and lady Beatrice
coming towards me, where I still was standing—
one bliss pursuing still another bliss.
And—here is what I am reminded of—
Love said, “The first is Springtime, but the second
resembles me so much, her name is Love.”

05-The Song of Cerberus In Greek mythology, Cerberus or Kerberos was the hound of Hades, a monstrous three-headed dog with a snake for a tail and snakes down his back like a mane, whose analogs in other cultures are hellhounds. Other hell hounds included Orthus, his two-headed brother. Cerberus guarded the gate to Hades and ensured that spirits of the dead could enter, but none could exit (additionally, no living person was to come into Hades). Among his siblings are Chimera and the Hydra. He is the offspring of Echidna and Typhon. In Dante’s Inferno, he is described as having a human head. This symbolizes the possibility of Cerberus being more human than animal. I love dogs, and wonder how I would do with this one.

06-Pazuzu and Captain Howdy Meet Again In Assyrian and Babylonian mythology, Pazuzu was the king of the demons of the wind, and son of the god Hanbi. He also represented the southwestern wind, the bearer of storms and drought. Pazuzu is often depicted as a combination of animal and human parts. He has the body of a man, the head of a lion or dog, eagle-like taloned feet, two pairs of wings, a scorpion’s tail, and a serpentine penis. He is often depicted with his right hand pointing upward and his left hand downward. Although Pazuzu, himself, is an evil spirit, he drives away other evil spirits, thus protecting humans against plagues and misfortunes. I thought a happy reunion like this may occur in hell all the time.

07-Status Meeting of the Second Hierarcy The Second Hierachy consists of: Carnivean – obscenity; Carreau – cruelty; Oeillet – greed;Rosier – lasciviousness; Verrier – disobedience.

08-Eternal Intermission, time for a snack.

09-Malacoda Awaits Malacoda is a character in Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, part of The Divine Comedy. He is the leader of the Malabranche, the demons who guard Malebolge, the eighth circle of Hell. Malacoda is mentioned in Bolgia five in Dante Alighieri’s Inferno. He with his fiends guards the grafters, caught in boiling pitch, torturing with grappling hooks whoever they can reach.

10-Lunch on the Banks of Cocytus The first cantica of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, Cocytus is the ninth and lowest circle of Hell. Cocytus is referred to as a frozen lake, The lake is frozen by the flapping wings of Lucifer, or Satan; his tears replenish the lake, and are then frozen by his attempts to escape via the wings. Dante describes Cocytus as being the home of traitors and those who committed acts of complex fraud. It is divided into four descending “rounds,” or sections: Caina, after the Biblical Cain; traitors to blood relatives. Antenora, after Antenor from the Iliad; traitors to country. Ptolomea, after Ptolemy, governor of Jericho, who murdered his guests; traitors to guests. Judecca, after Judas Iscariot; traitors to masters and benefactors.

11-Satan’s Calliope. Captain Nemo has his organ, so I wondered what kind of instrument satan would be playing in his den. A giant calliope came to mind. Satan playing a gigantic, steam powered calliope, wings flapping as he plays. The steam rising through the caverns of hell.