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Monday, September 17, 2007

Letter M

This is the letter M of my Interjections Alphabet. "Merciful Rao!" is what Superman exclaimed in moments of astonishment or distress. Thanks to the DC Database, I now know the history of Rao:

Rao was the name attributed to a divine entity observed in Kryptonian religious practices. In Krypton’s ancient past, Rao was regarded as a god of the sun, and as such, Krypton's star was named in his honor. Erok-El, founder of the El family dynasty considered beings born with red hair a sign of Rao's divine influence and made it a common practice that all male citizens with red hair were automatically accepted into the Kryptonian military.

The Kryptonian leader,
Jaf-El, later established a monotheistic culture, wherein Rao was the sole god of all of Krypton. Churches were established in Rao's name and it was common for people of reputable bearing to procure lives for themselves as priests of Rao. Those who follow the path of Rao are often referred to as Raoists.

Here is the link if you want to read more.

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