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Ghost – Kaisarion Lyrics Meaning
The meaning of ‘Kaisarion’ or ‘Kaiserion’ by Ghost is a German term for ‘Caesareum’ as the lyrics talk about historical empires. We can also relate the title to German Emperors who were famously called ‘Kaisers’. A female Emperor or the wife of the male Emperor of the unified German Empire was called ‘Kaiserin’. The Spotify version of the song uses an ‘a’ in ‘Kaisarion’ while the YouTube version uses an ‘e’ in ‘Kaiserion’.
‘Kaisarion’ or ‘Kaiserion’ by Ghost highlights the cruelty of the Emperors from our history. The extent of barbarism in our history is highlighted in the song.
Introduction: Kaisarion Lyrics
The lyrics to Kaisarion by Ghost highlight the horrific incident in ‘Caesareum’. Here, Hypatia, who was a teacher and philosopher was murdered by the Christians. She was molested and then killed inside the building for her Pagan beliefs. Hypatia was a true believer in science and reality. But a smart woman was executed because her values didn’t align with Christians.
(Hypatia) Far away from the stench of the heavensLyrics to Kaiserion by Ghost
(Hypatia) Long ago, yet too close to forever
(Hypatia) When a paradise is lost, go straight to…
“prism of deceit” is any governing force. “continence” means self-restraint as there exist double standards of the Church in abstinence and molesting young boys.
Kaisarion Lyrics Meaning
Let’s analyze the meaning of the lyrics behind the song ‘Kaisarion’ by Ghost line by line in detail.
“building our empire from the ashes of an old” means that the Christians destroyed the Ancient Egyptian Empire to introduce Christianity to the world.
The entire first verse seems to be written from the viewpoint of the Christian mob who murdered Hypatia. In the lyrics, a new empire is built from the ashes of the old. The old Egyptian Empire collapsed after Christianity started to spread across the world. “fruit of the womb” means to give birth to a new idea after collapsing the old and the weak idea.
“apostate witch’s doom” means that Christians thought that they killed a witch after killing an intelligent lady, Hypatia. This is how our society is built. A new idea is implemented, it is perfected, and then it is destroyed to introduce another idea. “brotherhood of good faith” means that the Christians justified their actions as good.
[Pre-Chorus/ Chorus/ Bridge]
The word “deadline” means a line nearby the fence line. If anyone dares to cross it then, they were shot. “whistling past your ears” pertains to bullets. We have accumulated mistakes for a very long period and we often fail to learn from history. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed. “tongue selling adulation” means falsely and excessively praising someone.
“stench of heaven” refers to pollution or smog. “too close to forever” means that history is repeating itself and is going too far too fast.
The earth is hurt by our actions. Mother earth is calling for fathers from Heaven to protect her from the ruination. “throw your holy rocks right at her” is a direct reference to the stoning of Hypatia. Here, the lyrics are telling the killers to put on a big smile and then preach a false sense of righteousness while stoning Hypatia.
Conclusion: Kaisarion Meaning
We can relate what happened in our history to that what is happening today. Then, we can truly begin to see what is happening, such as burning businesses, buildings, storming the Capitol, etc. The hidden meaning of Kaisarion by Ghost in the lyrics is that stupid people are destroying things that they don’t understand with fake smiles on their faces by targeting smart people.
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As german, I’m pretty sure the word “Kaisarion” has nothing to do with “Kaiser / Kaiserin”, even if the wording is pretty similar.
The songtitle is more about the place Hypathia was killed at: a church called KAISARION.
Obscure reference. Nothing in Google, dictionary or blog mentions the church, Kaisarion. Hypathia’s story is true. Her death at the hands of the Christians represents the evil done in the name of religion. Nothing has changed.
OK. Tim, you’re correct. Caeserium is the 2nd part of the Library of Alexandria, where Hypathia taught mathematics. Legand has it she was killed in Caeserium, but this may not have been a church. Interesting fact. Kysarian is the Greek name for Caeserium and at that time many documents were translated into Greek.
Socrates Scholasticus: The Murder of Hypatia (late 4th Cent.)
from Ecclesiastical History,Bk VI: Chap. 15
Of Hypatia the Female Philosopher.
THERE was a woman at Alexandria named Hypatia, daughter of the philosopher Theon, who made such attainments in literature and science, as to far surpass all the philosophers of her own time. Having succeeded to the school of Plato and Plotinus, she explained the principles of philosophy to her auditors, many of whom came from a distance to receive her instructions.
On account of the self-possession and ease of manner, which she had acquired in consequence of the cultivation of her mind, she not unfrequently appeared in public in presence of the magistrates. Neither did she feel abashed in coming to an assembly of men. For all men on account of her extraordinary dignity and virtue admired her the more. Yet even she fell a victim to the political jealousy which at that time prevailed. For as she had frequent interviews with Orestes, it was calumniously reported among the Christian populace, that it was she who prevented Orestes from being reconciled to the bishop. Some of them therefore, hurried away by a fierce and bigoted zeal, whose ringleader was a reader named Peter, waylaid her returning home, and dragging her from her carriage, they took her to the church called Caesareum, where they completely stripped her, and then murdered her with tiles. After tearing her body in pieces, they took her mangled limbs to a place called Cinaron, and there burnt them. This affair brought not the least opprobrium, not only upon Cyril, but also upon the whole Alexandrian church. And surely nothing can be farther from the spirit of Christianity than the allowance of massacres, fights, and transactions of that sort. This happened in the month of March during Lent, in the fourth year of Cyril’s episcopate, under the tenth consulate of Honorius, and the sixth of Theodosius.
Translation as in Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers
thank you for your input