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Submitted by donvan (United States), Oct 26, 2007 at 12:35

While difficult to believe, the act of internalizing the mythology has a definite pathology. The novice is generally unaware or ignorant of the dogma of the mythology. The image of well adjusted, well cared for girls and women perhaps 'covered' or not, interacting and observing the benign rituals of the myhology is promoted in an effort to 'normalize' and promote the mythology. Only after the initiate is further indoctrinated into the dogma of the mythology does the actual nature of the mythology reveal itself.

As the status of women, the relationship with non believers, punishments for violations of rules of behavior, and the encouragement of "Martyrdom" ie killing and being killed in service to the mythology as the only path to communion with the deity, and the requirement of 'Submission' , an ambiguous and enslaving concept which is obedience to whoever holds power at any given time, the believer is drawn deeper and deeper into the mythology. At some point, the initiate may want to abandon the mythology, only to discover that the dogma calls for the death of anyone who rejects the mythology once having accepted. By this point, the person has so internalized the mythology, that escape requires extraordinary determination and may be dangerous

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