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The Shit of the Sun

Originally published in Revolver: Zeitschrift für Film, issue 38

This fight will not end in terrorism and violence, it will not end in a nuclear holocaust, it begins as a celebration in the rights of Alchemy, the transformation of shit into gold, the illumination of dark chaotic night, into light… This is Isabel from Phoenix Regatta Radio, signing off until tomorrow.
(Born in Flames, 1983)

Au – the chemical element gold
Augere – to increase
Auger – helical screw blade; a tool with a helical bit for boring holes
Augur – to divine; portend a good or bad outcome; forsee or predict
Augury – a sign of what will happen in the future; an omen; observation of the sky and birds; divination from the flight of crows; sorcery
Aus – to shine
Auspex – one who observes the flights of birds for the purpose of reading omens.
Auspice – a divine or prophetic token
Ausus – dawn
Aurora – a natural electrical phenomenon characterized by the appearance of streamers of colored light in the sky, usually near the northern or southern magnetic pole; Roman goddess of dawn
Aura – the distinctive atmosphere or quality that seems to surround and be generated by a person, thing or place
Aural – relating to the ear or the sense of hearing
Aureole – a circle of light or brightness surrounding something, especially as depicted in art around the head or body of a person represented as holy
Auric – relating to the aura supposedly surrounding a living creature; of gold with a valence of three
Aureate – denoting, made of, or having the color of gold.
Auriferous – containing gold
Aurum – gold

In Aztec and Mayan tradition, gold was known as the excrement of the sun.

Crow Steals the Sun.
The world was all dark, all the time.
A chief kept the moon, the stars and the sun all to himself. The chief's daughter went to the river to drink. So Crow turned himself into a pine needle, which she accidentally swallowed down. Nine months later she bore a child. The chief doted on his grandchild, who cried and begged to play with the sun. The man relented and gave his grandchild sun to play with. He rolls it around. He plays with it, laughs, had lots of fun. Then he rolls it to the door and out it goes.
"Oh!" he cries. He just pretends. He pretend cries because that sun is lost.
Then Crow disappears. Has the sun with him in a box. He walks around. Comes to river. Lots of animals are there - fox, wolf, wolverine, mink, rabbit. Everybody's fishing. That time animals all talk like people talk now. The world is dark.
"Give me fish", Crow says. No one pay any attention.
"Give me fish or I bring daylight." They laugh at him.
He's holding the box - starts to open it and lets one ray out. Then they pay attention. He opens box a bit more. They're scared. Finally he broke that daylight box and throws it out. Those animals scatter, hide in bush and turn into animals like now, and the sun come out.
"Go to the skies," Crow says. "Now no one man owns the light. It will be for everyone."

(transcribed Northwest Indigenous American myth)

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