It was Pasolini who looked at Mussolini and the fascist state and the late and short lived Republic of Saló, and saw revived the three Etruscan superdivinities, – they were Tinia, archbishop of boundary and of territorial law, Uni, godhead of dominion, and Menrva, of quantity and division and material force. Pasolini, being a modern *haruspice, met the daimons in his travels, and elected to portray them in his grotesque masterpiece, adding one more, a properly modern beast, The President, floating supplicant of divine power made immanent, in the domain of scorched earth and mud and all the grey merda of il periodo modern.
And south, to Marzabotto, site of a great massacre, where the Etruscan sees established the four-square discipline of the land, for magical purposes. Four domains, to prepare the way for the divus of the modern period. Let it be known that the four-square did conceal, in its harmony with the cardinal latitudes, and does still today, a cubic structure of seven sides, as in the temple at Marzabotto, which corresponded to seven kings, and seven hills, Rome being in the view of the distortions a dimensional derivative or implication of Etrusca. Truly, from up high, the number of the third cosmic image is seven, not four.
That is Pasolini’s indictment, in the spirit of Matthew: ye alters, blind guides! If seven is the number of revelation, if seven divines the superstructure, do away with four, go on, go still, make it not seven but seven-seventy, seven-seventy for the massacre at Marzabotto. Further, further he says. Seventy million! Exeunt omnes! A tear in the viewfinder. Out Ostia! Out Obitus! All out!
5 October 1944