The Treasure of the Sun

Anya and Alan talk Three Beats that are Five Beats, Adaptation, and Chekhov’s shotgun. “The Treasure of the Sun” is a rich multi-layered episode that we dive into. Learn about Banshees, the origin of The Eye of Sauron, and how things went down in the book.


A Three Beat is a popular narrative structuring technique. A five beat is not a real thing, but you get the idea.

Chekhov’s Gun comes from Russian writer Anton Chekhov. We aren’t sure if Anton owned a shotgun.

Balor was the king of the mythic Fomorians, grandfather of Lugh, and enemy of the Tuatha Dé Danann.

The “Song of Songs” is traditionally about the Queen of Sheba, which Bilquis is an adaptation of.

Christianity in the British Isles produced the distinctive Celtic Cross.

Kali worship is extremely diverse, but includes the idea of destroying egotistical preconceptions of the self that block us from being authentic.

Pagani was a Latin word for people who lived in the countryside, and is the root word for Pagan.

Women were central to the early Christian church, although their contributions have largely been erased or forgotten- because Patriarchy.

Emperor Constantine converted the entire Roman Empire to Christianity and fundamentally altered the spirit of the religion.

Paul’s direction for the dress and behavior of women during church worship in 1 Cor 11:2-16 feels out of step with his assertion in Gal 3:27-29 that Christians do not distinguish between nationalities or sex. Anya is probably referring to 1 Cor 14:33-36 where Paul forbids married women from speaking in church. Paul most likely wrote these letters in the AD 50’s. Here is a biased, but comprehensive, article about Paul’s writing on the subject of women in Christianity: The Role of Women in the Church- The Pauline Perspective

The ancient Celtic religion in Ireland focused on knowledge and Nature under the guidance of shamanistic Druids.

Check out our other podcast Hallowed Ground StoryCast and the episode we did about modern Christianity, its relationship with modern American politics, and the autobiography “Crazy for God

Banshees are mythological spirits in the modern Irish tradition that might have their origins in the ancient goddess Morrigan and traditional Keeners.

Problematic Tropes in this episode: Magical Negro and Gay Best Friend.

Our coverage of the 8th episode of Season 2 will most likely be delayed by the leak of screeners to pirating websites because STARZ decided to pull all screeners for reviews. Read about it.

Our Theme song is "Unstoppable Force" by  FortyTwoMusic with other musical contributions by Rich Holmes.

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Alan Allstrom