понеделник, 24 август 2015 г.

We have lost some quality of experience that would allow us to see the
world as [our ancestors] did – or rather to see through it as they did. I take
the animist worldview to be just that: things were once transparent to the
human eye; greater realities moved behind and within them . . . This is
where the concept of “spirit” comes from, this once-homely, utterly normal
sense that something other than matter moves behind matter, animates it,
sustains it. (Roszak 2001, p. 93)
The splendours of freedom are at their brightest when freedom is sacrificed
at the altar of security. When it is the turn of security to be sacrificed in
the temple of individual freedom, it steals much of the shine of its former
victim. If dull and humdrum days haunted the seekers of security, sleepless
nights are the curse of the free. (Bauman 1997, p.3)


Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched. 

Monica Sjoo