"ANGEL HEART" AND THE FALL OF LANGUAGE


The frames above correspond to one of the deleted scenes in Alan Parker’s "Angel Heart" (based on William Hjortsberg’s “Falling Angel”), in which Harry Angel writes some word in blood on the wall of Toots Sweet's place after he kills him with a razor, cutting his member off and sticking it in his mouth.

One word: TELOCA

What the hell is “TELOCA”?

Initially, the word does not make sense in any recognized language and, after a search on the net, nobody seems to have interpreted it, in connection with the movie.

The first attempt is to take it as an anagram, as Rosemary did with Hutch's message in Polanski's film "Rosemary’s Baby" (when she discovered that the letters compose the phrase "all-of-them-witches").

Thus interpreted, "TELOCA" gives "ALECTO". In Greek mythology, Alecto (Ἀληκτώ: "the implacable or unceasing anger") is one of the Erinyes, or Furies, Tisiphone’s sister (the avenger of murder).

The meaning, however, is unsatisfactory, and the answer seems to be found in an ancient biblical book, which is not part of the biblical canon as used by Christians or Jews, apart from Beta Israel: the strange Book of Enoch, which has driven so many people insane.
Ascribed by tradition to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah, actually modern scholars estimate the older sections to date from about 300 BC.

According to some Jewish traditions, there was an ancient language, prior to the days of the construction of the Tower of Babel: the language of Paradise. It was used by God to communicate with the angels, and it was spoken also by the angels of the Apocalypse and the End of Times as well as by Satan and the demons, for they once were angels, too.

“Dark based his conclusions on a reading of the Tower of Babel story as a prophetic work. Drawing heavily on Milton’s interpretation of the fall, he followed his master in placing an inordinate importance on the role of language. But he took the poet’s ideas one step further. If the fall of man also entailed a fall of language, was it not logical to assume that it would be possible to undo the fall, to reverse its effects by undoing the fall of language, by striving to recreate the language that was spoken in Eden? If man could learn to speak this original language of innocence, did it not follow that he would thereby recover a state of innocence within himself?
 "We had only to look at the example of Christ, Dark argued, to understand that this was so. For was Christ not a man, a creature of flesh and blood? And did not Christ speak this prelapsarian language? In Milton’s Paradise Regained, Satan speaks with “double-sense deluding,” whereas Christ’s “actions to his words accord, his words / To his large heart give utterance due, his heart / Contains of good, wise, just, the perfect shape.” And had God not “now sent his living Oracle / into the World to teach his final will, / And sends his Spirit of Truth henceforth to dwell / in pious Hearts, an inward Oracle / To all Truth requisite for me to know”?
"And, because of Christ, did the fall not have a happy outcome, was it not a felix culpa, as doctrine instructs? 
"Therefore, Dark contended, it would indeed be possible for man to speak the original language of innocence and to recover, whole and unbroken, the truth within himself. “ Paul Auster. The New York Trilogy: City of Glass

This language, which by association with the Book of Enoch came to be called Enochian, was glossed in 1581 by John Dee, an English mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occult philosopher and advisor to Queen Elizabeth I, and by his friend Edward Kelly, an alchemist who lived in Prague during the Renaissance whom King Rodolfo arrested and imprisoned in the Křivoklát Castle.

It is now supposed that Enochian is used by some Satanists and practitioners of black magic, although Anton LaVey did not include it in his Satanic Bible and discourages its use.

The name "Edward Kelly" was, by the way, an A.K.A. for Aleister Crowley, and it is also the name used by one of the most sinister characters in "Angel Heart": the millionaire father of Margaret Krusemark, Ethan Krusemark, who gets his own daughter into black magic and organizes the ceremony in which Johnny Favorite kills a soldier with a dagger, being thrown alive afterwards by Angel himself into a gigantic pot with Cajun boiling broth.

Is this the right way for Sam Spade?

When searching for the word "TELOCA" in Enochian, according to (allegedly) John Dee and Edward Kelly’s writings, we find out:

TELOC = Death
TELOCA = Damned
TELOCVOVIM = Of him that is fallen

Below, three frames of “Angel’s Heart” deleted scenes.

1. Death scene of Herman Winesap ("Don't worry, Johnny, no one will mourn one less lawyer in the world.")

2. Harry's journalist girlfriend is burned alive in some house

3. Unknown deleted scene in which body of Epiphany Proudfoot is shown burning

"How terrible is wisdom when it brings no profit to the wise." —Oedipus Rex, Sophocles



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