Saturday, November 26, 2005
Much evidence suggests that before around 6000 BC, most humans worshipped Goddess/es, primarily. Around 6000 BC, however, large swaths of North Africa, the Middle East and Asia begin turning to desert. For generations the agriculturalists there tried to escape the dehydration, starvation, and accompanying severe stress (psychological and physical). In their desperate hunt for food and water, they turned nomadic. Often the strongest in a group – the younger men – were sent ahead for help, and the old, young, and women died.
In a nutshell, this process drove these desert-trapped people nuts. Only those who learned violence survived -- by violently confiscating scarce water sources. At some point these crazy, violent peoples abandoned female for male deity, and their warrior way of life solidified into a permanent culture-type. They spread over much of the globe, overwhelming peaceful Goddess peoples.
A lurid but possibly important sideline: anthropologists have long known the widespread custom of head-binding and skull deformation. Evidence shows this is found primarily in and around the 6000 BC areas of desertification. The theory goes like this: as the deserts came, women bound their babies to their backs, on boards, to keep them safe on horseback over rough terrain. Some historical “swaddlers” keep babies tightly swaddled for entire days. DeMeo suggests this produced deeply imbedded negativity toward mothers and women.*
*James DeMeo. 1998. Saharasia: The 4000 BCE Origins of Child Abuse, Sex-Repression, Warfare and Social Violence in the Deserts of the Old World. This 450-page, 8-1/2” x 11” book is based on the most respected anthropological and geographical evidence available. Don’t judge it based on my three paragraphs above; DeMeo's theory is amazing. Go HERE to read glowing reviews of it.