A brief description of Megadriel.com.
Megadriel.com is an information site
for angelology (the study of angels) online. We bring together art,
texts & other resources as well as columns and interactive forums.
While do have a page dedicated to resources on the site... Not all
information should be accepted as genuine, as the subject and sources
can be rather, well, 'arcane' at best.
One of the first rules of angelology is to utilize detachment of
angels from the context of one major religion when researching them,
a process that some find difficult if not impossible. The reason
for this is simple: angels predate & transcend major religion, and
while they are usually introduced through religious texts, not one
religion's writings can collectively agree on their position. This
makes studying angels extensively within one religious context,
next to impossible. Studying angels in their role within one particular
belief system is more a subset of theology than of angelology. Though
the information here can be used in any way, it is not organized
to the advantage of theological study. Angelology resources presented
on this site are meant to give a holistic view of angels. This means
that there are a multitude of cross-references between religions,
philosophies & myth. A good example of this can be found when
looking through biblical information on angels. The Bible cites
the names of a very limited number of angels. Other texts that are
JudeoChristian in origin provide more insight on angels, such as
The Book of Enoch, a very detailed account on angel relations. It
may be fair to say that because the Book of Enoch is not in the
Bible, it is not a source of Christian inspiration, but one cannot
say that it is less crucial to understanding the nature of angels.
On this site, the information within the two would be presented
side by side with little emphasis on their religious value &
a strong focus on comparing their material about angels.
Also, with angelology it is important to understand the sources
of your information. Here at Megadriel we have a large collection
of resources but we do screen (or at least specify) those that we
feel are less reliable. There is much intended fiction on the subject
of angels, which is often mistaken for genuine information. It is
important to point out that this has happened throughout the course
of history and it is very difficult to know surely how much information
we have today that did not arise in fiction, transcription error
or selective omittance. The key is to learn as much as you can,
and be aware of how the information comes together. You will find
several common themes in angelology, these have the best chance
of being called 'accurate knowledge'. For instance, it is safe to
say that angels have association with wings, as they are almost
always represented with them.
For the most part you will find nothing on Megadriel but research we have gathered elsewhere. However, we do have interactive portions of the site with articles which contain visitor opinions. These are represented by the author and not necessarily by Megadriel. We also have featured columns on Megadriel which attempt to break down theories on the role of angels in certain subjects. These often have conclusions by the writer, but they are specified to the columns and should be viewed as separate to the information pages on Megadriel.
We have been lucky enough to receive many open-minded visitors here,
and for that we are grateful. But we feel we must say something
about the nature of the site in regards to the potential issues
people may have with it. Angels are almost always introduced through
religion or philosophy, (& likewise, are the ones who introduce
it) and because of this people often have a desire to learn more
about them, but within the venue that they were introduced. These
venues are often too possessive of their attributes. For instance,
most will teach that angels originated within their particular religion.
The truth is, information on angels is either based on encounters
(and the belief that others have seen them), or the information
is 'borrowed' from other sources. Many people have a difficult time
seeing their previous knowledge on angels compared side by side
with contrasting information. Some of these people will lash out
for whatever reason expecting to bring some reaction. We do not
tolerate it. We reserve the right to hold this site according to
our wishes in hopes that it will benefit others. If it does not
benefit everyone, so be it. We hope that it serves as a source of
inspiration, wisdom & relief from the exhaustive searching that
it takes to find information on angels.
With that said, welcome to Megadriel...
::Take a Tour of the Site!::
Can't find what you're looking for? Ask a moderator at the forum. Also, you can submit/discuss art, report comments on the site, and discuss/interact with fellow visitors. Free & easy registration!
Read over accounts of hundreds of angel encounters from ancient to modern day. Post your own experiences and discuss them with other visitors.
Submit your art to be featured on Megadriel. We have a full gallery section devoted to:
"Art by You".
See your work displayed and commented on by other visitors. Look for other submissions in the future also, including music & fiction.
Essays based on angel related topics. Including art and interactive polls, these columns fully immerse in their subject and attempt to draw out conclusions. Read, review and discuss them here.
Post your own columns in the form of articles submitted to the site to be read and reviewed by other visitors. Writing on the subject of any angel related information is welcome. Articles may be based on theory or verifiable.