, ,

Considering the weight that Carl Schmitt gives to the etymology of the word nomos, Cergat’s opening words in the second installment of Earthmare: The Lost Book of Wars set the stage for powerful counter-mythologies to current readings of jurisprudence. Benjamin, too, believed that mythology was the beginning of law. But Cergat’s call is not one of anarchy in the realm of the political only, but extends to the realm of the divine, without which the political would not exist, and this includes secular societies. This is an tremendously ambitious project, but one that seems strangely within grasp after reading the first day of Earthmare.

The Greek concept of nomos “rule, order, law” used by Carl Schmitt in the sense of World Order in his work The Nomos of the Earth (see especially, Part V, Ch. 2), finds its anti-civilizational black double and radical other in the Albanian Nëma e Tokës “the Curse of the Earth”, which, in this sense, must be understood in relation to smundë e tokës “the sickness of the earth; epilepsy”.

nëmë namë f. “curse”; nëm nam, namësój “to curse”. Similar to the Greek νομος “law” νέμεσις “wrath, divine vengeance”, and Old Irish námae “enemy”. (Çabej SE vi, 51).

Differently from what is generally assumed as a result of its more known Greek counterpart, however, the word is not precisely a divine decree, for it is formed by metathesis from emën “name”, hence from an obliteration of the Name of the Father (Nomine Patris). The German and English Name and Latin nomine, of course, reassert its opposite connotation, as evinced by the religio-psychoanalytic concept.

Source: Earthmare (Day 2)