Sunday, April 17, 2005

Makaveli? Wrong Name.

As you may or may not know, 2Pac adopted the name "Makaveli" for his album, "The 7 Day Theory". The cover referenced Makaveli to be Jesus. This is what it looks like:



Well, 2Pac chose the name in reference to author Niccolò Machiavelli. Needless to say, Machiavelli was not Jesus. He was just an author who's most well-known book is called "The Prince". Machiavelli knew a man named Cesare Borgia personally. Machiavelli used many of Cesare Borgia's exploits and tactics as examples in "The Prince". Borgia was the illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI (real name: Rodrigo Borgia.) Both Cesare and Rodrigo were ruthless, some would even say evil. One day, Pope Alexander VI had artists paint religious pictures. All the pictures used Cesare Borgia as the model for Jesus. The image stuck. The image the general public would identify as Jesus is actually Cesare Borgia, star of "The Prince" and a child to a ruthless pope and his mistress. Here is a picture of Cesare Borgia:



And that's how the idea that Jesus was a tall, white european was born. If 2Pac called himself not the author but the man it was based on ("Borgia") and shown himself on a cross, it'd be strangely normal, right in a way but fundamentally flawed.

5 Comments:

Blogger cmoney said...

good post - i always thought that image of euro-jesus was born just because the white man had the audacity to assume that any man *that* good in heart and spirit could only 'obviously' be white.

although i now know the real reason - i still believe that my assumption isn't far off from the truth either.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Zodiac Digital said...

its not like these dudes even realized how inaccurate it was. they probably did assume he was white.

8:12 PM  
Anonymous Noodles said...

Yah, good post. It shows the evil's of te white devil.

7:51 AM  
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