I have never heard this explanation of the Affikomen- thanks for posting this. This reminds me of when I first read about the ritual of a Galilean wedding ceremony. Many of these traditions made sense to the Apostles, but are kind of "lost" to us in our culture. Once we understand some of these cultural traditions in the time of Jesus His parables make a lot of sense.At best, Catholicism is a jobs program for those who want power. At worst, well, I can't even imagine the worst possible case for such deception, but it's probably not far from the truth.
That said, the Catholic Eucharist is so much of a lie! Jesus wasn't telling his disciples to eat his literal flesh nor drink his literal blood. He was explaining the symbolism of the Passover meal! The cup after supper, the fourth cup, is the Cup of Redemption. Wine has long been a symbol of blood, and he took the cup after supper saying "this is my blood," connecting the Cup of Redemption to his blood. He was declaring that his blood is what redeems us, and that it was prophesied in the Passover meal for millennia! And the bread that he took was the Affikomen, which is a Greek word meaning "that which comes after." It was understood to have messianic meaning. This piece of bread was hidden during the meal, and children were sent to find it. The one who found it brought it back to the Father of the table, who would give the child a prize. Jesus, by declaring that this was his body, was saying that the one who finds him receives a prize. A prize that only the Father could give through the Messiah: eternal life.
So Jesus wasn't promoting cannibalism. He was explaining symbols that were long partly understood.
It's just theoretical but some believe that the kingdom parables of Matthew 13 align with the historical application of the seven letters in Revelation. I haven't figured out all of the kingdom parables yet, but the third parable matches the letter to Pergamum well. If like the letters, the parables represent history unfolding, notice that in the third parable the birds are now lodging within the tree which grew from seed. In the first parable evil birds devoured the seed, but now they have made their nest and embedded themselves within the kingdom. This matches how in the era of Pergamum paganism was married to the Church as you allude to in your post.A study on "Queen of Heaven" reveals disturbing evidence that Rome has, all along, been pushing the worship of an evil goddess. She is known in other religions as Venus, Libra, Ashtoreth, Aphrodite, Isis, and many others. She is part of an unholy trinity: The wife of a largely absent "creator" god who gave birth to a son, absent of a father. Invariably, worship of her is always sexual in nature. When Constantine legalized Christianity, he did not so much replace paganism as he did incorporate paganism into Christianity. Babylonian priests had been brought to Rome to teach their secrets to the Roman priests, and their gods were Romanized. What Constantine did was to make the priests rename their gods. Using the Egyptian pantheon, Ra became the Father, Isis became Mary, and Osiris became Jesus. Various other gods and goddesses were renamed as human saints. Worship of many of these gods was altered so as to not upset too many Christians, but the pagans simply went along with the name changes. Thus, the church entered the time represented by Jesus' letter to the church in Pergamum.