Re: Basilica of the Uganda Martyrs

Aeoli, what is your take on the Basilica of the Uganda Martyrs?

Job La Salle

It’s a geodesic cone with a hat. Notably, the hat is the kind melonheads always end up wearing.

After looking up the definition of basilica I’ve decided that rich people should build these in their town squares if they want their town to survive. This may become a major facet of the 2030 survival project.

Cones are like pyramids made of circles. This is actually the next, half-written story Blockheads that I’ve been sitting on for what feels like years now. Pyramids are performative where domes are solipsistic.

A cone is a symbolic composition: a triangle of circles. Going back to how one reads compositions (according to me), you read “X of Y” or “X from Y” from the outer to the inner. So a “triangle of circles” is symbolically equivalent to a circle within a triangle. Or “hierarchy of universe” = “universal hierarchy”.

A triangle within a circle would be “universe of hierarchy” = “hierarchical universe”.

The “geodesic” bit is probably incidental to the needs of construction. When it’s aesthetic, it means “rationalism” (referring to unknown symbol 4, which is basically a mesh).

The hat is actually the most interesting, because it’s the religious equivalent of a crown. This recalls the New Testament references to martyrs and saints receiving crowns for their work on earth, which they then cast before Jesus’ feet in heaven. This idea of self-sacrifice to receive glory in the afterlife is represented in the Christian cross, which is helpfully emblazoned on the religious conehead hat on the building.

So if we read this building as a statement, it would be: “Glory/reward on hierarchy of the universe”. With a little incidental rationalism as icing. As architectural statements go, that’s pretty smart for a testament to the Christian martyrs. I wish the colors were a bit more obvious so I could read into them but it’s unclear. Could be green, or that could just be a trick of the reflected light.

It would be a good flex to push building a replica of this nearby, because how could SWPLs possibly resist a testament to African Christian martyrs? They’d really have to come out of the closet for that. And I don’t think we’ve reached that level of chutzpah quite yet.

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4 Responses to Re: Basilica of the Uganda Martyrs

  1. aureliusrex says:

    All I can see is horrendous modernist architecture, pure deconstruction and yet another poisoned fruit of the Vatican II latrocinium, ahem council. The Basilica is an old form adapted from Roman civic architecture for ecclesiastical use after small modifications. But this… this is like the piece of shit we have in Mexico City for a “Basilica”, desecration, the Egos of faithless architects enshrined as an insult to the Church and a “fuck you” to two millennia of tradition. With the pyramid stuff you mention, well they might just as well put some ancient Ugandan earth/fertility goddess in the altar!!

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      1. The African church is pretty based.
      2. You have to grade low-IQ architecture on a curve.
      3. A fertility goddess wouldn’t fit into this aesthetic for a number of reasons. If anything it’s too masculine and materialistic.
      4. The Vatican 2 crowd would resist Christian monumentalism of any kind that wasn’t explicitly Satanic in its symbolism. So I think you’re being a bit too paranoid.

      • aureliusrex says:

        Bearing in mind the comparison I made, both Basilicas date back to the 70s when the deconstruction of the Mass was taking place after VII, this type of circular church with a metal dome for a roof is a symbol of the desecration itself. No coincidences here, in fact Paul VI himself contributed to the funding of the Ugandan one. Now as for your points…

        1. To a degree yes, but not quite traditionalist, so they too have given in to a number of modernist heresies.
        2. As for the architecture itself it seems it is both inspired in the local vernacular, which is to say primitivist, and in line with the fads of the time.
        3. Good point, and I do stand corrected, maybe a war-god or king of the gods type would suit this place better, as it is both phallic and crown like. As mentioned above, for it follows local styles in part, it is sort of a glorified chieftain’s hut.
        4. Just mentioned it in the opening, they are not quite the type to reject it as long as it Deifies their egos and heresies. A more recent example, the monstrosity in Los Angeles, is another monument to the fake church they are building. It is not paranoia, but seeing patterns: every one of these abominations they build is meant to insult the remaining faithful, to feed the egos of the aposta… ehem hierarchs, and to triumphantly and monumentally preach their (seeming) victory. You know, the stuff conquerors do once they are super certain the conquered are indeed vanquished and incapable of pushing back.

  2. Job La Salle says:

    “It would be a good flex to push building a replica of this nearby, because how could SWPLs possibly resist a testament to African Christian martyrs? They’d really have to come out of the closet for that. And I don’t think we’ve reached that level of chutzpah quite yet.”

    The reaction would probably depend on whether or not the martyrdom was characterized as blowback against homophobic colonialism. I read a book (“The White Nile,” by Alan Moorehead, I think) that claimed many of the Uganda martyrs were Bugandan pages who refused to let their king sodomize them. He allegedly had recently learned the practice from Muslim slavers and wasn’t having the ‘sodomy is a sin’ argument. So he tortured and burned them at the stake.

    It would be interesting to know how much their witness contributed to Uganda’s Christianization and current anti-sodomy laws. Americans don’t want to entertain the notion that revival will come at the cost of their blood, but they might acclimate to it if allowed to first experience martyrdom vicariously through black teenagers.

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