Well, Sarah, now I'm even more intrigued by your 'golem'.
To me, they would seem very much similar to the clay giants of the Glastonbury
Zodiac area. Not all the giants are clay, and in fact, only a portion of some
of the figures have a clay basis. But there are also the mound-building
figures in North America to ponder. And your Rabbi's Cabbalistic rituals and
rites of opening of the mouth, smack at once of the Egyptian rites conferring
life-beyond-death status for the deceased, as well as the links to the
story of Snorri who had runes carved on his tongue (he wouldn't need any
further letters in his mouth after death, I imagine!). And we all know how
many circles were walked about the city of Jericho ... Those 'unsavory'
desires remind me of the story of Gilgamesh and his meeting with Enkidu, the
man-beast who became Gs friend, after developing some of those desires and
following the source of them back to Ur with her (sorry for all these puns -
they really just keep happening!). The aleph-beth soup you describe also
rings a memory bell for me of my 12th year teacher who told us her joke of
conversion by an agnostic who wrote 'God is no where' only to have someone
else move the space to reead 'God is now here'.
GZ has many 'rejuvenated corpses who can't speak' - twelve around the circle,
and then some! They look like corpses in that their form is corporeal. But
they have no true 'life' so they don't talk. The Emperor might be Arthur on
this Wheel of the Year concept, with the 300 priests being a euphemism for
the days of the year - upon which the sun sheds its light. The flower badges
of the clans would symbolize the individual units (or clan groups) and the
flower-created being would be the servant of the wheel 'servas rotae' or the
druid high-priest who became the flower-power person of the year, as Jesus
was accorded this cross position in his season. Remember how Columba wrote
: Jesus is my druid.