Escribo relatos donde lo cotidiano se vuelve extraño, anómalo, siniestro o simplemente terrorífico. Historias que borronean los límites entre lo real, lo imaginario y lo simbólico.
Me gusta proponer una realidad oscilante. Intento ponerle letra a tus pesadillas. Aspiro a rescatar el asombro del Universo.
martes, 16 de mayo de 2017
THE CITY OF SILENCE
THE CITY OF SILENCE
If we cannot comprehend God in his visible works, how
then in his inconceivable thoughts, that call the works into being?
Edgar Allan Poe – The imp of perversity
Until the tragedy of Benares very little was known about Dr. Miles
Burford, the gentleman who introduced himself as a surgeon to the Royal House.
However, rumors of his past included experiments with criminals, a large
recount of abominations and the exile imposed by the Crown. There was, no
doubt, a good deal of truth to the gossip because his obsessions followed him
here, to the Northeast of India where he soon joined a sect of extreme
spirituality, the Aghori, worshippers of the god Shiva who believe that good
and evil, the devout and the profane are part of a whole. And all sorts of
infamies must be realized to attain enlightenment. And to this purpose, they
wander naked among the funeral pyres anointing themselves with the ashes of
cremated bodies. They also ingest excrements and the most fervent reach a
higher state of consciousness by eating the floating corpses of the Ganges. It
is their judgment that through these blasphemous acts they gain power over
death. Although openly embracing the Aghori’s creed our good Doctor Burford was
driven by a different eagerness. At first, he was only allowed to participate
in black magic rituals and to have sex with women during their impure days.
Later, a guru initiated him in the infamous eating of dead flesh and, as a
result, achieved the required asceticism, he challenged his mental sanity by
tasting the flesh. Subsequently, he proclaimed himself the Liberator of Death
and during religious processions, it was
not uncommon to see people approaching him with a corpse. But, as long as they
were people from the Black Villages it was considered to be nothing more than a
grotesque carnival. Except when a director of the East India Company brought
his daughter, who had recently died of
tuberculosis and the scandal unfolded. No such crowds were ever seen in the
City of Silence. And perhaps Dr. Burford's faith was not strong enough or he
feared failure because, in addition to necromancy, hymns and mantras, he added
a dose of galvanism. Whichever the reason or the tools, the girl’s oval face began
to move and the spasms became more evident. In the assembly room, many fainted
and others puked out their guts. Then, inhabited by grimaces, the face of the
deceased produced one last movement that resembled a diabolical smile before it
deformed, exploded and splashed out on the onlookers. The girl´s father killed
the doctor on the spot and the Sipahi massacred all of the Aghoris. It was a
shame. Electricity was not necessary. At least not to me.
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