[ by Charles Cameron — James Bond in the Sun Myung-Moon universe? ]
As you know, I’m interested in the intersection of religion and violence, and there can hardly be a more emphatic example of that intersection than a religious ceremonial for the blessing of guns — complete with the personnel of an offshoot of messiah the Rev. Sun Myung-Moon‘s Unification Church (upper image, below, worshipper with crown of bullets):
— and their queenly leader Rev. Yeon Ah Lee-Moon (lower image, above) complete with her weapon of gold.
Ah, guns of gold.
I would love to know the symbolic meaning of a crown of bullets — compare Christ’s crown of thorns — but the symbolism of gold…
Gold corresponds in alchemical symbology to the sun, and silver to the moon, making the original Unification messiah Sun Myung-Moon‘s name a sweet alchemical conjunction of sun and moon, albeit in transcription from the Korean in which the names would no doubt have entirely different valences from their English versions.
Forget the Moon, then — golden weapons are, in a sense the Aztecs might have appreciated, weapons of the sun, and adornments of sunly male royalty.
Consider in this light the golden weapon of cartel boss Ramiro Pozos Gonzalez (upper image, below):
— far outshining Scaramanga‘s golden gun from the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun — (lower image, above, by mrgarethm under CC © Gareth Milner)..
Gold, oh dear, is also the symbolic essence of wealth-as-power, ie for practical cases, money, cash, dosh — and as such, that substance the desire for which is, famously, scripturally, the root of all evil.
Golden guns, in this sense, are desirable precisely in inverse relationship to their owner’s desire for good.
BBC, In pictures: US gun-blessing ceremony Mail, Gold plated AK-47 confiscated during arrest of Mexican cartel leader International Spy Museum, Golden Gun