God Rock Radio #208 – Halloween Special – Tales of The Weird, Murderous and Strange Part 2

In the conclusion to the seasons two part Halloween special celebration , Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia recites one of the most  twisted but true New York City tales that you are ever likely to hear.  And then travels back to ancient Egypt to examine the legendary Curse of King Tut’s tomb.  First off , its a trip to NYC in the 1820’s , a time when Manhattan Islands southern tip is bursting at the seams with new people and new buildings . Over developed to the point of sinking into the sea – New Yorkers feel a sense of urgency , and since it was an era of great discoveries and inventions a solution to the massive problem is found. Saw Manhattan Island into two halfs , a scheme concocted by two enigmatic and mysterious characters, Lozier & Devoe.  Who think up the idea in a flash of demented genius and then convince   the mayor and the public that it can be done.  Next up, Jack crosses the sands of time back to ancient Egypt and the days of King Tut , examining the importance of magic, spells ,amulets and curses in Egyptian spirituality and religion and their use in mummification rites, rituals and funerary ceremonies. And last but not least – its the curse of King Tut’s tomb – as ace archeologist Howard Carter inserts a candle through a small hole and everywhere he looks he sees a glint of gold. Within 7 years of the finding and looting of the boy kings tomb 23 people associated with the discovery had died premature and mysterious deaths- a fact that cannot be easily explained.

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God Rock Radio #207 – Halloween Special – Tales of The Weird,Murderous and Strange Part 1

 

In this season’s two part Halloween special – Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia recites four twisted but true tales dripping with comedic gothic horror and bone chilling terror.  First off, its the Bunny Mommy – Mary Toft who becomes a sensation in merry olde 18th century England when she claims to have been sexually assaulted by a 6 foot tall jack rabbit.  Months later Mrs Toft begins to pop out baby bunnies from her womb at an alarming rate.  Next up, its the Sawney Beane family – an incestuous clan of thieves and cut throats who ravaged the 17th century Scottish coast.  The child like Beanes not only robbed and killed their victims , but also butchered and ate them.  Feasting on the body parts in their hidden underground lair.  Then Jack travels to 15th century France to examine the life and times of unhinged knight – Gilles de Rais, a mega wealthy aristocrat and right hand man to Joan of Arc. Who upon the capture and execution of  the saint , runs amok in an unbridled orgy of sex, black magic and death.  And last but not least , its the scheming and scamming psychopath – H. H. Holmes who builds his very own chamber of horrors, a Poe-like Castle of Death filled with secret rooms, hidden vaults and torture devices. Just in time to rent out rooms to pretty young ladies in town for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

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God Rock Radio #206 – The Jewish Autumn Festivals Part 2

In part 2 , Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia examines the mysterious origins of the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) .  Two serious holidays known as The Days of Awe – that share a feeling of spiritual and moral responsibility.   First off , its a whirlwind like historical , spiritual and cultural overview of the divided Jewish kingdoms (Israel & Judah) and the devastating effects on the Hebrews after their ruthless conquest and subjugation by the mighty Assyrian empire. Then Jack investigates the cosmic significance of numerology , the ancient moon festival and the Jewish Lunar/Solar combination compromise calendar on the centuries long evolution and development of Rosh Hashanah . Next up , GRR travels the dusty winds of time back to the desert of ancient Palestine and the Temple in Jerusalem. In a descriptive look at what a mystical and impressive Day of  Atonement (Yom Kippur) ritual observance may have been like.

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God Rock Radio #205 – The Jewish Autumn Festivals -Part 1

In a special two part holiday program, GRR travels back across the sands of time to the days of ancient Palestine. As Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia examines the mysterious origins of the Jewish autumn festivals (Succos, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah) .  When nomadic Israelites settled in Palestine they rapidly absorbed cultural influences from the indigenous Canaanite city states, including the worship of nature and fertility cults – something the Hebrew bible not only confirms but complains about.  Part of that spiritual assimilation was the Canaanite  in gathering Pilgrimage festival , a two month long combination Harvest time , New Year celebration that was in homage to the vegetation god Baal and his three consorts (Anat, Asherah and Astarte).  As the Israelite tribes begin to merge into a united people (an imperative for survival) they break with near eastern cosmology and the ideal of one God fully develops.  The Hebrews transform the ancient Canaanite pagan ode to nature into their own unique celebration (Succos) the feast of the booths or tabernacles . Infusing the 9 day long holiday with historical significance as an ode to the ancient nomadic patriarchs.

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God Rock Radio #204 – The History and Mystery of The Rosary

In the season 11 premiere GRR gets back to its spiritual roots as Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia examines a central part of Christian spirituality, the veneration of the divine feminine via The Marian Mantra (Hail Mary) and the rosary ritual.  First off ,  its the blessed Mother of Mercy in Roman Catholic theology and the parallels to other personifications of the Divine feminine found within Patriarchal religions (The Skehinah, Fatima and Kwan Yin).  Then  its the evolution and development of the Hail Mary prayer and the Rosary throughout the centuries as monks, hermits, mystics , theologians and popes keep adding stanzas and procedures to this ancient form of christian meditation. Next up, Jack gives step by step directions on how to pray the Rosary and how to unlock its amazing spiritual power (something anyone of any faith can do).  And last but not least Jack examines the Symbolism and spiritual meaning behind the 4 sets of Marian mysteries (glorious, joyful, sorrowful and luminous) 20 important biblical events that act as a spiritual backdrop to insights and reflections as we pray and meditate.

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God Rock Radio # 203 – Hong Kong Horror Films Part 2 (1959-1984)

 

In part 2 lover of genre movies, Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia examines the development of the horror film industry in Southeast Asia during the post World War 2, post colonialism era. As Hong Kong cinematic influences and financial investment penetrate into Malaysia , Thailand , India and The Phillipines.  Igniting young indigenous filmmakers who combine westernized genre traditions and themes with native superstitions , spirituality , myths and legends into a viable commercial formula. Next up, its the New Wave of Hong Kong filmmakers whose work featured a more sophisticated visual style , technical competence , extreme choreographed violence , sensationalism and a more westernized consciousness.   Directors like – Tsui Hark – whose forays into horror cinema combined action scenes , deliberately anarchistic shocking violence with grotesque elements of poetic horror and darkly comic sensability.   And The Shaw Bros. steadiest contract director – Gui Zhihong – whose erratic and gory thrillers mixed horror with magical , spiritual and  folkloric elements into box office gold (again and again). And last but not least its – Movies, Movies, Movies – as Jack provides descriptive analysis on a slew of Hong Kong New Wave era horror films – from obscure gems that have seldom been seen in the West , to the better known and loved cult classics that have devoted followings all over the world.

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God Rock Radio #202 – Hong Kong Horror Films Part 1 (1954-1974)

Noted film historian and lover of genre movies, Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia continues the GRR tradition of definitive programs detailing world wide classic era horror cinema.  This time out its the chopsockey , scripture spouting and swordwielding Asian adventurers who battle evil in the inventive and entertaining films from Hong Kong. Movies often based on classical Chinese literature, legend, folklore and myth.  First off, its a historical overview of the Chinese film industry from its beginnings during the early silent era to the golden age of the 1930’s Shanghai cinema (a remarkable hybrid artform).  Next up , its the development of the Hong Kong film industry during the post World War Two years and the rapid rise of mega movie mongols – The Shaw Brothers. Whose massive film studio (Movie Town) modeled after the old Hollywood factory system ruled the roost for 30 years.  And last but not least , Jack provides in depth and detailed analysis of some of the great classic era Hong Kong horror movies including such gems as – The Enchanted Shadow (1959) , Vampire Woman (1962) , The Painted Skin (1966), Four Moods (1970) , Ghost In The Mirror ((1972) and Blood Reincarnation (1974).

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God Rock Radio #201 – Fathers of Fake News

With tongue firmly in cheek, Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia examines the roots of fake news and some of the past masters of mass media manipulation.  First off, its founding father and printer’s devil – Benjamin Franklin , who immensely enjoyed concocting fake news stories to mischievously harass his publishing competitors, confound the British during wartime and shine a light on his own progressive social theories.  Then its bally-hoo publisher Benjamin Day who creates a new kind of newspaper designed for the masses filled with lurid reports of crime, sex and scandal combined with outlandish fabricated fairy-tale like yarns presented as factual news.  Next up its the cultivator of mystery and the macabre in fiction – Edgar Allan Poe , who in desperate need of cash crafts his own fake news story. An imaginative tale about a balloon crossing over the Atlantic ocean that causes a sensation but does little to alter the course of his tragic fate.  And last but not least, its the Granddaddy of yellow journalism , mega wealthy media mogul – William Randolph Hearst , who ruled over a vast journalistic empire and had no problem inventing evidence or fabricating proof of stories that would either sell more newspapers or advance his own economic and political agendas.

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God Rock Radio #200 – The Moon Landing Part 2

In the second installment of GRR’s epic 200th program – Jack “The  Agnostic” Garcia examines spirituality in outer space , and in a descriptive step by step “You are there” segment – joins the crew of the Apollo 11 moon mission as they brave the cosmic void. First off, its the coexistence of science and spirituality in space as some of  the astronauts who venture into the vast unknown sea of stars begin to find their thoughts turning towards the divine.  The other worldly experience of space exploration becomes mystical and transcendent – deeply touching their souls and changing their lives forever.  Next up, Jack travels back to July 1969, when the United States was at the peak of its ingenuity, power and technological innovation.  As the team of space cowboys at NASA are about to undertake humanity’s greatest scientific achievement.  The hazardous voyage into outer space and a landing on the Lunar surface – transforming a cherished dream and literary fantasy into a reality.

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God Rock Radio #200 – The Moon Landing – 50th Anniversary Part 1

In the milestone 200th GRR program – part 1 of a special 2 part show celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Apollo 11 moon landing. Jack “The Agnostic” Garcia an expert on early science fiction and the pulp magazines charts the long history of the lunar voyage in the genres of speculative fiction. From it’s beginnings as satire – a way to lampoon traditional political, scientific, social and religious values, flights into outer space accomplished via flocks of birds , gargantuan springs, gunpowder, balloons and demon powered spacecrafts. To the more realistic and scientific portrayals of the lunar voyage written as the imminent possibility of spaceflight draws nearer and nearer.  Jack also examines some of the great moon landing movies including the works of George Melies , Fritz Lang , George Pal and Stanley Kubrick.  Next, its the often neglected contribution of the Soviet Union to space exploration.  As the Russians ignite the space race and kick America’s butt for years until a series of disasters and tragedies (kept secret for decades) turn billions of rubles into dust and ashes, causing the Soviets to lose momentum and fall behind.

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