Path of Sephirot (Sephiroth, Sefirot) -- him from FF7 again??
The word Sephiroth had deeper history and color than
just being the name of Cloud Strife's foe in FF7. "Sefirot" actually came from Hebrew concept
that the spiritual world consisted of ten spheres, the sefirot/sephiroth. (Sefirot is a term related to the
Hebrew word Sappir, loosely translated as 'sapphire' and interpreted
as the radiance of God.)
Each of the sefirot represented
a different force or aspect of God, such as love, power, or understanding.
These aspects were said to have emanated, or unfolded from God,
and as the sefirot embodied all aspects of creation, generation,
and decay, they represented the universe itself unfolding. The ten sephirot were arranged in
a rigid hierarchy, and each lower sephirah grew out of the one
immediately above; that is, the second ranking sephirah grew
out of the first, the third out of the second, etc.Thus the first
sephirah had all the powers of the sephirot under him; the second
had its own power plus all the powers of the succeeding eight,
and so on.
According to the philosophy
of Cabbala (jewish scripts),
these ten hypotatized spheres are the attributes or emantations
by means of of which the Infinite enters into relation with the
finite. This ten-path was the very road the Wave Existence trudged to enter the Xenogears world.
with corrections from Josh
The Zohar is more than
just a yellow block floating here and there in Xenogears. In
fact, Zohar is the Bible of the Jewish mysticism, Kabbalah (Cabala,
Cabbala), which meant "Book of Splendor".
This 13th century manuscripts was written by the Spanish mystic
Ben Shem-Tob De Leon".
The Zohar, which encompasses the
details of Sefirot and jewish religion, was written in Aramaic,
and it reflects the originality of a mind earnestly probing the
of creation, the relation of God to
the world, and the destiny of man. To you who finished Xenogears -- aren't
these topics familiar? It sure is obvious that the author of
Xenogears' story is highly influenced by the Jewish scripts and
Skeptics, however, still question the authenticity of the Zohar,
as the author has not shown the original scripts which he claims
to have been found in some mystic cave. After years of investigation,
the Zohar has been finally proven to be a fake through intensive
literary analysis. Aramaic words that did not exist in the 2nd
century CE (the alleged time of writing) were used in the Zohar.
Regardless of doubt, the Zohar still is one of the basis of some
parts of Judaism. However, according to Josh, the Zohar
only plays little role in the religion, sitting on an inferior
seat after the Torah and Talmud.
of character & area names -- doesn't Yggdrasil sound familiar?
and additional info from site viewers: Dark
Laine, Lejya, Bo
Stine, The Impure,
with corrections from Ben
Mattiuz, and Makuro
Thanks to all the people
who sent in their corrections and additions. If you find anything
wrong with the stuff written here, feel free to write
elements: The names
of the elements probably came from the names of the different
orders of Angels, according to Metaphysical claims. My
thanks to Wuffy for this section.
DOMINIA - from the angelic order called DOMINIONS
/ DOMINATIONS. They regulate angelic duties. Through them is
manifested the Majesty of God. They hold an orb or scepter as
an emblem of authority.
KELVENA - from CHERUBIM (ker-oo-bim). The
guardians of the fixed stars, keepers of celestial records, bestowers
TOLONE - from THRONES. They bring God's justice
to us. They are sometimes called wheels and in the Jewish Cabbala,
Chariots or the Merkabah.
SERAPHITA - from SERAPHIM, the highest angelic
order, the six winged ones, surround the throne of God, singing
ceaselessly, Holy, Holy, Holy. They are angels of love, light
B. The Gears
WELTALL - German for Space (cosmological space)
VIERGE - French for Virgin
BRIGANDIER - Military rank in the Swiss army,
also known as "Brigadier". Came from the word "brigand",
which in english means a pirate or thief. (fitting!!)
WYVERN - Also known as Wivern, a two-winged
dragon with a barbed tail.
HEIMDAL - From Norse Mythology. Heimdal is
the son of Odin and the guardian
of the Rainbow. He is also a great teacher
STIER - German word for Bull, also one of the twelve
signs of the zodiac
SEIBZEHN - German for number 17 (Achtzehn,
in turn, means 18)
CRESCENS - English word, crescent - a shape
usually pertaining to the moon
VENDETTA - English word, meaning "blood-feud",
usually of blood-related matters
FENRIR - From Norse mythology, Fenrir was
the wolf who swallowed Odin whole in the Battle of Ragnarok
C. MISC NAMES
ELEHAYM - in
Hebrew, means "life". Van Houten's a brand of chocolate
too (haha). Also, Bo Stine
told us that Van Houten is the Last name of one of the members
of the Manson Family (Charles, not Marilyn). Thanks for the info,
HYUGA - a Japanese battleship sunk in WW2
OF BABEL - from the
Christian Bible. The story says that once, all man's nations
were united and then thought of making a tower so high it could
reach God. However, God thwarted their efforts by making each
nation speak a different language, thus miscommunication arose
and the tower came tumbling down. In history however , the Tower
of Babel is the name of a famous babylonian Ziggurat ( a pyramid
like structure used for rituals). The tower of Babel in the Bible
is located in the Torah, or Pentateuch. The first 5 books of
the Bible, supposedly written by Moses were originally in the
Jewish tradition. Genesis -- in which the story is told, is one
of the first 5 books.
FEI FONG - is obviously
a spoof of Wong Fei Hong, a legendary martial artist during the
early 1900s in China. Fei, a very used name in China, means "fly"
(verb) while Wong is also a common Chinese surname, literally
" yellow", and Hong is a kind of large bird .
HYUGA - a Japanese battleship sunk in WW2
GRAHF - if spelled without the 'h' it's
the German word for the title
YGGDRASIL - in Nordic mythology, means "the
Tree of Life". This name was also used in Capcom's RPG, Breath of Fire 3. (Well, just to let you know)
SHEVAT - from the word "Shebat",
meaning the 11th month of the Hebrew calendar, corresponding
to the period from mid January to mid February
from the same word, meaning the 9th month of the Hebrew calendar,
corresponding to the period from mid November to mid December
NISAN - from the same word, meaning the
1st month of the Hebrew calendar, corresponding to the period
from mid March to mid April. It is also called "Abib",
which sounds like "Aveh".
AVEH - Aveh is a long form of Av, which
is another month in the Hebrew
THAMES - The Thames is actually the name
of a war between the U.S. and Great Britian it was called the
battle of the Thame which is pronounced as "TIM". This
war's name came from the river where the war was waged. Thames
is one of the longest rivers in England (the other is Severn),
and the most important. The Thames came from the latin word "Tamesis",
meaning river. It also refers to the name of the 4th month of
the Hebrew calendar, "Tammus" which corresponds to
the period from mid June to mid July
SOLARIS - French for the sun. For a city that
resides in the sky and sees over the happenings of the world,
it's quite appropriate.
DEUS - From the french word "Dieu"
or "Deus", meaning "God" Also a god introduced
by means of a crane in ancient Greek and Roman drama to decide
the final outcome.
MERKAVA - means "chariot" in Hebrew.
In Kabbalah, many mystics have had visions of a flaming chariot.
That brand of mystic is labelled as a follower of Merakava Mysticism,
or Mysticism of the chariot. On the Merkava in Xenogears, there
was a little symbol, consisting of 10 different circles. Those
10 circles were arranged in the pattern of the 10 Sefirot.
METATRON - The highest (and most powerful)
sphere in the Sephiroth. Metatron is actually the leader of all
the angels. Supposedly, he is Elohim, one of the first people
in the Bible, who, instead of dying, was taken into heaven and
transformed into an angel.
CREATORS - The game's Staff/ Technical Trivia
TAKAHASHI - Scenario Writer
KATO - Script and Lyrics
of "Small of Two Pieces"
YOSHIL - Main Programming
MITSUDA - Music Composition,
Arrangement and the Xenogears OST
KUNIHIKO TANAKA - Character Design and Sketches
KAORI TANAKA - Original
HOGG - Vocals for "Small
of Two Pieces" and "Stars of Tears" (English)
TOMOYUKI TAKECHI, HIRONOBU SAKAGUCHI
- Executive Producers
TANAKA - Producer
TAKAHASHI - Director