Wednesday, March 01, 2006
THE ORIGIN OF THE patriarchy
Auntie Athana: “No, Virginia, violence has not always 'been there.' Once upon a time, humans were almost totally non-violent. “
Virginia: “Get out, Auntie A! Is this a fairy tale? “
“Hunh-unh, Ginny. This is real stuff. We’ve all been dealt a pack of bad information upta now. You know, “Nature’s violent, so we gotta be, too.” And “Survival of the fittest!” And “Heap big caveman drag women round by hair.
“But people’ve really been putting their heads together lately, Ginny, and they’ve dug up some new, exciting stuff. Turns out that, before around 4000 BCE, humans lived almost like Dorothy in Oz. -- after, of course, the wicked witch was scrubbed.
“One of the best studies -- ten years in the making -- is by a geographer – Mr. James DeMeo. In 1998, Mr. DeMeo published a 454-page, over-sized book called Saharasia: The 4000 BCE Origins of Child Abuse, Sex-Repression, Warfare and Social Violence in the Deserts of the Old World: The Revolutionary Discovery of a Geographic Basis to Human Behavior.
“I think others mighta announced this before James D. did, but the first thing he says is, the first violent peoples reared their ugly heads in desert lands. About 6000 years ago.“
Ginny: “That makes sense, Auntie A. Who’d be anything but prickly and spiteful if they hadda live in a desert? “
“But this isn’t even half the story, Virginia. And it’s not the fascinating part. The fascinating part comes next.“
To be continued.
Thnx to stoneraven, blont and bsilder for the fotos