Monday, August 01, 2005
WHO IS Athana?
Since I entertained today, I don't have much of a post. A big part of the problem is that I've developed "blogger's house" -- a domicile abandoned to dust, dirt, and dog hair. Especially if you blog, you can appreciate the time it took to repair the damage before the guests toddled up to my door at 5 PM.
I've decided therefore to treat you to a little personal information about me, Athana.
I've been studying goddess history and archaeology for almost fifteen years, with academic degrees in anthropology and prehistory (the archaeology of people without written records). As an anthropology doctoral student, my major areas of interest were religion and mental health. I've written the first (very rough) draft of a book about reviving Goddess spirituality.
Years before grad school -- and even before college -- I accidentally stumbled across the Minoans for the first time. I still remember the thrilling frisson that shimmered through my body. Why, I marveled, hadn't my teachers ever mentioned these remarkable people -- people not only as technologically advanced in 1700 BC as Europe in 1700 AD, but also exquisitely artistic, playful, wealthy, sensual, non-violent and full of long-term peace?!? I also, however, remember feeling something delicious: here was a verbotten people who promised utter enchantment....
My questions: why didn't my teachers mention these paragons? I have some possible answers: 1) The bare breasted Minoan women embarrassed the heck outa them (the teachers). 2) The Minoans worshipped a Goddess instead of a god. 3) The Minoans were everything a good god person musn't be: at home with their bodies, playful, sensual, wealthy. 4) Deep down, we god people aren't really interested in people who eschew war; they bore us.
What do you think?