Thursday, November 8, 2012

Update and Elemental Bags

Just a quick note, concerning The Ancient Gender War, Part 2, Matrilineal Cultures and the Many Genders, I am still dealing with a move, with all my books and research in boxes in storage. As soon as I am able to get the move completed (3 months in transition so far), Part 2 will be finished and launched.

On another note, due to requests for smaller textile bags, in a size that reflect a wide diversity of beliefs, such as medicine, talisman, totem, amulet type bags, I have launched Elemental Bags - for custom made bags, in a wide variety of materials and styles, reflective of each individual need. Each bag is constructed with at least one component that reflects each of the 4 Classical Elements of Earth, Air, Water and Fire. I like to look at them as a "focus" bag, helping you to make those necessary connections with your environment and to focus on whatever you would like to concentrate your thoughts or energies on. 

 Su asti is the Sanskrit for “well being”. The Navajo's use the phrase yo'zho' – harmony, to walk in beauty. Taoism refers to the Tao te Ching – the Way of Nature, their whole basis for balance and harmony. The Hopi refer to this balanced way with nature as the Hopiqatsitwi – the Hopi Way. Regardless of the name, the healing principle of balance with nature is the same.

Elemental Bags are artistry in natural Healing

Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Irony of Peace From the 3 Abrahamic Faiths – Holy Wars and Holy Books

They say that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. So is it insane to look for peace from the 3 contemporary Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam? Absolutely. Understanding that there are many sects within each Abrahamic faith, this article addresses the 3 Abrahamic faiths in general, due to the fact that it is their foundation and Holy Books that are being dealt with, not the specific actions of just one sect.

Raised as an Atheist when I was young, I became a non-denominational Christian for nearly 10 years – the second of the Abrahamic faiths. Not your “Sunday, go to church” Christian, but a very active researcher of the faith I had adopted as a young adult. Seeking to understand the text better, I learned some Latin, Koine Greek and Aramaic for the New Testament, before focusing on the Biblical Hebrew for the Tanak (Old Testament). This created more questions and resulted in textual comparison research, historical context studies. The end result was that I ditched the misogynistic, hate mongering writings of Paul (Christianity should be called Paulianity) for the Hebraic roots of the early origins of Christianity – the parent of the 3 faiths. Not making formal conversion to Rabbinic Judaism, I kept Torah, Shabbath and the biblical feasts. To many Jews, I was Ger – a convert. Over a decade was spent in pursuit of the wisdom and understanding of the Tanak, digging even further into the origins of Hebrew linguistics, utilizing the Talmud, the ancient Ugarit and Mesopotamian documents, and my favorite – archaeology, ancient writings systems and languages. The first of the Abrahamic faiths did not work out any better than Christianity. Same song, different accent. I had no need to try out Islam, the third Abrahamic faith, having already researched Islam and the Quran through my earlier studies. Not returning to Atheism, I pursue a spirituality akin to egalitarian Taoism, so readers will understand the following is not an Atheistic attack on religion in general.

All three Abrahamic faiths are actually newer offshoots of an older parent faith, which is warmongering and violent in its foundation – patriarchal Indo-Europeanism (Abraham was Indo-European Amurru/Amorite and Sarah was Indo-European Hittite). Understanding the characteristics of the patriarchal (patriarchal does not = all men) Indo-European culture is what led me out of these religions, to real peace. I was no longer subject to the fearmongering rules of the religious “Holy Books” of these faiths, which are founded on racism, elitism, superiority, not to mention extreme misogyny, with their resulting Holy Wars. While it may not be “politically correct” to address these religious issues in our current climate of political and religious tensions, I feel it all the more necessary and ethical to do so. Like they say in the self help groups, the first step is admitting you have a problem. We have Abrahamic Holy War problems.

Currently, we have propaganda films being produced by opposing religious groups, such as the Christian promoted anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, produced by Sam Bacile (Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, an Egyptian born Coptic Christian – there is now a bounty on his head 1 ). As a result al-Gama'a al-Islamiya stated they would form a new movement that would focus on pro-Muhammed films that were anti-Zionist and anti-Christian 2. An anti-Semitic Iranian film, Saturday Hunter, depicts a Jewish father and son that murder Arabs for their land and money 3. Paul Verhoeven's book, Jesus of Nazareth, has found financial backing and will be filmed, which portrays Jesus as the product of a Roman soldier rape 4. This is sure to inflame Christians who were enraged and became violent at The Last Temptation of Christ as well as all the recent Christian “real rape” advocates. By their own logic, Mary would have “wanted it.”

So let's take off the rose colored glasses and political correctness and really look at these 3 Abrahamic faiths and their “Holy Books” that claim they are of peace and see if it is just political bullshit or not. 

1. Judaism
To the Rabbinic Jews, the Tanak 5 and the Talmud 6 are their Holy Books. Within the Tanak, there is a segregation of us against them – Hebrews against the Goy (everyone who isn't Hebrew or a convert/Ger). BeMidbar (Numbers) 33:51-53, 55, “ 'Speak to the sons of Yisrael, and say to them, “When you are passing over the Yarden (Jordan), to the land of Kenaan (Canaan), then you will dispossess all the inhabitants of the land, and live in it, for to you I have given the land, to possess it.” “And if you do not dispossess the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it will be, those whom you let remain of them, for pricks in your eyes, and for thorns in your sides, and they will distress you in the land in which you are living. “ ' “ Depending on the context, there are a wide variety of specific “others”, such as wicked, unrighteous, unclean, defiled, idolaters, etc. In the Talmud, one of the Post Biblical Hebrew terms for the heretical “others” is miniym, equated with deception and generally applied to Jews that became Christians.

There are a number of types of wars in the Tanak and Talmud, but the war that is equated with a Holy War is Melchemet Mitzvah – a Commanded War and self defense. There is also the Hebrew aspect of “cherem”, a ban, a thing devoted to destruction, to exterminate or even excommunicate. In the Tanak, Shemuel Alef [I Samuel] 15 lists the Amalekites as being under the cherem, devoted to destruction and they were all killed. This was a commanded war. Following the biblical examples there have been other Commanded Wars over the thousands of years, such as the Hasmonean wars with forced conversions of the Iduemeans 7. Judaism even had its assassins, the Sicarri – the Dagger Men, zealous hit men (until about 100 C.E./A.D.), who would carry daggers in their cloaks, during popular gatherings, to assassinate Romans, their sympathizers and other enemies, then blend in with the crowds.

Those familiar with the Jewish Holy War issue watch the current situation with the Palestinians. Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, in Israel, has called for this “Holy War” against the Palestinians, in a publication passed to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) just before an offensive against the Palestinians, “ '[There is] a biblical ban on surrendering a single millimeter of it [the Land of Israel] to gentiles, though all sorts of impure distortions and foolishness of autonomy, enclaves and other national weaknesses. We will not abandon it to the hands of another nation, not a finger, not a nail of it.' " Another flyer distributed to the IDF, associated with the students of Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, advocated, " 'soldiers of Israel to spare your lives and the lives of your friends and not to show concern for a population that surrounds us and harms us. We call on you ... to function according to the law “kill the one who comes to kill you.” As for the population, it is not innocent ... We call on you to ignore any strange doctrines and orders that confuse the logical way of fighting the enemy.' " - HaAretz 8. This is Melchemet Mitzvah. A growing concern with the IDF, is the rising number of what some term “religious extremists” 9. The truth of the matter is, this is simply part of their Holy Books and they are actually acting on them, according to their faith. 

2. Christianity
Though a wee bit newer on the world scene (1st century CE/Common Era), Christianity is founded on the same patriarchal Indo-European system of the Hebraic faith. Though most of the misogyny, racism, and exclusion are primarily found in Paul's letters to the assemblies, it is these principles that are generally upheld by churches, plus some hatemongering additions of their own. For the Christians, the Holy Book is the Bible (the Book), often called the Scriptures. It comprises the Old Testament (Hebrew Tanak) and the New Testament. Many Christians ignore most of the Old Testament, viewing it “old/dead” and prefer to focus on the New Testament. And of the New Testament, though believing that Jesus is the son of God (the Hebrew God), they still predominately quote and adhere to the later writings of Paul. While many sing Christmas songs about peace on earth, Yahusha / Jesus said he did not come to bring peace, but a sword, Matthew 10:34-36, “Expect not that I came to send forth peace on the earth; I have not come to send forth peace, but a sword. For I have come to cause a man to separate from his father, and a daughter from her mother, and a daughter-in-law from her mother-in-law; and the adversaries of a man will be his own houses sons.” - Peshitta New Testament. While Yahusha did not advocate radical physical violence, he sure advocated a major revolution among the established religious sects of the time. Awesome teacher that gets whitewashed by the Christian brush.

As I mentioned earlier, the hatemongering and elitism is a product of Paul, also known as Shaul. His roots are in Rabbinic Judaism, which are reflected in writings letters. The “us against them” passages are phrased as the “Sons of Light and the day, against the darkness and night” - I Thess. 5:5,6; or 2 Cor. 6:14-18, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: 'I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.' 'Therefore come out from them and be separate', says the Lord. 'Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters', says the Lord Almighty.” - NIV. This is just a very small sampling of the elitism.

Paul doesn't stop with elitism and hatemongering, he adopts the popular Mithrasism of the day (another patriarchal Indo-European religion) and the dominant warfare language associated with it, which is especially found in Ephesians 6:10-18, telling “believers” to, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.” Then you have the End Times battle book of Revelations, which also uses warfare terminology for the last days. Now here is the big question. If this is such a peaceful religion, why is there so much warfare terminology and association? Why not avoid it altogether, instead of saying it is “just spiritual”. The fact is, it is the foundation and true motivations of the faith.

Now, let's take a look at the physical battle applications of Christians. When Christians have gone to physical war against the “unbelievers”, the battles have involved the sign of execution – the cross. The word Crusade comes from Middle Latin cruciata, of cruciare - to mark with a cross, from Latin crux "cross”. The Crusades were not about peace or a spiritual war, they were about what they have always been about, resources and land. All the better when you have a major money making pilgrimage site located on that land. So it is no surprise when the western European “Crusaders” went to war against the “unbelieving pagans and heretics”, that they killed anyone they could not understand or looked different from them, which included Byzantine and Middle Eastern Christians. A current example is Keith Olbermann's report on Blackwater's Christian Crusaders in the Iraqi war. 10 For a religious system, that many of its believers will say is just a “spiritual battle”, their actual bloody religious history, regardless of denominations, would fill volumes, not just a book. These volumes would document the Christian practice of murdering the “unbelieving others”, as well as forced conversions and expulsions of the Jews and Muslims.

3. Islam
This leaves us with the third of the Abrahamic faiths. Islam had a later start (7th century CE) than Christianity, but the roots are still the patriarchal Indo-European Hebraic faith. Islam traces its decent through the other sons of Abraham, through wives/consorts, Hagar and Keturah. Muhammad taught that he was a prophet of Allah (the God of Abraham). This was not received by the pre-Islamic religious centers of Mecca and Medina. He and his growing followers were originally persecuted, which led to bloody battles for the money making pilgrimage sites, one of which, his tribe the Quraysh, were guardians of the cultic center of Mecca where the meteorite stone that represented the goddess Al Uzzah/ Allat resided. People were either killed or forced to convert to the faith of Islam, which ironically is named from the Semitic root salem/salam, with one meaning of peace. The pilgrimage site was then dedicated to the male monotheistic god, Allah, of Islam.

The Holy Book of Islam is the Quran, which means the “recitation”, because the earliest followers recited the words that Muhammad said came directly from Allah/God. This Holy Book, also has the patriarchal Indo-European religious, elitist view of “us against them”. In the Quran, Surah 9.5 (At-Tawbah), we see the oft quoted passage that freaks out the Christians in the US, “And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists/pagans (mushirk) wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. ” 11. Mushirk means a person who does “shirk”; shirk being idolatry, polytheism, as opposed to the male monotheism of Islam. Surah 5:51 shows that Jews and Christians are not to be viewed as allies, “O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you - then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.” 12.

In Islam, the Holy War is called jihad, short for a phrase, “al-jihad fi sabil Allah” – struggling in the cause of Allah. Islamic history is filled, with the same murders of the unbelievers, as well as the forced conversions and expulsions that Judaism and Christianity have partaken of. One major example involves the little known slave trade of Africa by Muslims. When African tribes, along coastal trade routes, learned that Islam could not enslave “a brother in Islam”, mass conversions to Islam occurred to prevent capture and enslavement. 13 This slavery of other faiths continues to this day within the Islamic world, with reports of Coptic Christian girls being abducted and sold into slavery, as well as Somalian women in Libya.

While many who practice these Abrahamic faiths view themselves as peaceful and even look at their faiths as being one of “peace”, their books and history speak otherwise. When these faiths are added to a military perspective, it becomes even more dangerous. "When soldiers, including secular ones, are imbued with theological ideas, it makes them less sensitive to human rights or the suffering of the other side." - Dr. Yigdal Levy, Is Israel's Army Waging a Jewish Jihad? 14 Our media is labeling these active participants of Judaism, Christianity and Islam as “extremists”, but the reality is, that these people are simply following their Holy Books. They are not “extreme” according to each of their faiths, they are the “faithful”. They view all other believers as being passive, half hearted, lukewarm. In the book of Revelations 3:15,16, of the Christian New Testament, speaking to the assembly of Laodicea, it says, “ 'I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.' ” - NIV. The terrifying realization, is that the more threatened each of these groups become, the more violently they respond.

Do you ever hear of warring groups of Buddhist monks or “extremist” Taoists, or radical Hopi? No. And the reason is that they are not a patriarchal Indo-European religion based on elitism, hate and warmongering. They, as other non-patriarchal Indo-European faiths, are actually based on egalitarianism, peace and respect for others. How many more thousands of years are we going to look for peace amongst these faiths that are not really founded on peace? I say that we stop the insanity of looking for peace from the patriarchal Indo-European religions and call them out on their hate and warmongering; admit the violent foundation of the Abrahamic faiths and stop treating them like they have a “political correctness” free pass. 

Kathryn QannaYahu

5 Acronym formed fromTorah/Law, Nebim/Prophets and Kethubim/Writings
6 Oral Torah

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Ancient Gender War, Part 1 - The Patriarchal Indo-European Perspective

This summer, in a discussion with an older academic friend, he pointed out that he had OCD and proceeded to list all the things that he was OCD about and his wife had to “tolerate”. He then asked what my OCD was. He mentioned other of his academic friends that also had it and thought I might. I laughed and told him that while I was eccentric, by most peoples standards, I did not have OCD. Relaying this conversation to my older daughter, later that evening, she strongly objected and said I did too have an OCD – I could not make general statements, that I had to cite the facts for the basis of a statement. I dont like misunderstandings, I like to be on the same page. They say that you treat people the way that you want to be treated. I love details and provide them out of courtesy. That may be an OCD, but if it is, I am grateful for it.

This is all to preface that as I began to write this post, I found that I could not be so general with this subject that people might think I was just talking out my ass. There is a lot of that going on in the world these days (This posting follows the horribly science deficient Todd Akins statement of women's bodies knowing when a real rape occurs and our bodies can shut it down.) I “needed” to prove some of this information, which has caused it to be a wee bit longer than I expected initially. This is how a small study turned into a 270 page book a couple of years ago. At this point, I feel the need to keep the info here, but to break this up into 2 parts. The first part is the patriarchal Indo-European perspective of gender and how they view men, as well as the patriarchal dominator concept of the penetrator and the penetrated. The second part deals with the perspectives of the matrilineal cultures that embraced the multiple genders.

I have to include a disclaimer. When I use the word patriarchy, I do not mean all men ( I never use it that way). Patriarchy means father rule (please see the "On The Same Page" tab at the top). Likewise, matrilineal does not mean matriarchy. More importantly, this article is not about modern homosexuality or gay men as we know them. I have absolutely no problems with homosexuality, gay marriage, transgenders, etc. I support their right to their lives, their choices and if they so choose, a government sanctioned marriage, all the power to them (personally, I dont believe the government has the right to impose their legitimacy on anyones unions). What I have a problem with is the patriarchal Indo-European culture of domination and subjugation, whose origins are covered below. This gets into the ancient aspect of pederasty, which I do not associate with the modern homosexual community. Let me repeat this, I DO NOT ASSOCIATE MODERN HOMOSEXUALITY WITH PEDERASTY, which means I do not feel that homosexuals are pedophiles – pedophiles are pedophiles, thats it!  Please continue reading to understand where I am coming from with these patriarchs. The homosexual community has been horribly harmed by the patriarchal Indo-European culture and I hope by revealing this research, it can help to bring healing and understanding. I am also not trying to convert anyone away from homosexuality, I do not see anything that needs converting from. What I am trying to do is put an end to the fear and hate mongering.

Ancient Greek Patriarchy
In ancient Greek mythology, there is a figure that defies the typical patriarchal Indo-European Greek culture – Teiresias. Teiresias' name means “interpreter of signs”. There are so many varied accounts of this characters life, that it is hard to determine original accounts, not unlike Teiresias' gender changes. Teiresias was born a man. One day when he was walking on Mount Cyllene, he saw two snakes, twined, mating. He struck them with a stick, killing the female. As a result of this act, Teiresias was changed into a woman. As a woman, she was a priestess of Hera. Some accounts state that she married and had a child of her own. Other accounts say that she was a great Prostitute. It is a very common thing that matrilineal cultures have devotees that utilized sex as a means of spirituality, which the patriarchal cultures views as prostitution and treats derogatorily. But that is a future blog. At any rate, after 7 years, Teiresias sees another pair of mating serpents, striking them again and reverts back to being a male. 

In all accounts Teiresias is a priest/priestess, becomes blinded, and has the gift of prophesy. Some accounts state that Teiresias lived seven lives and changed gender often. Some believe Teiresias to simply be a metaphor for the changing seasons. I believe, being a researcher of ancient comparative belief systems, that there are elements of truth to much of what becomes “myth” and we will need to apply some serious investigating to get to the heart of the matter.

When the patriarchal Indo-Europeans came in several waves, conquering the Old South European territories and the Aegean Sea territories, much of the egalitarian matrilineal culture went underground and was openly suppressed by the patriarchs. One of the reasons for Teiresias being blinded was his seeing Athene bathing (one of the rituals of her worship and the Eleusinian Mysteries). Athene is not a name, but actually a title of the Aegean Sea matrilineal cultures. She is the Mother, before the mother became fractured into numerous goddesses under the patriarchal religion, all of them marginalized as women (the nagging wife, the man hating bitch, the whore, the crone, etc). Another reason for the blinding is that Teiresias revealed the mysteries, which were rituals, practices that were hidden from the average person – because of the persecution by the patriarchy. The Eleusinian Mysteries were rites of the indigenous matrilineal agriculture people. One of these preliminary rites was purification by bathing in the sea, for which all candidates for initiation went down to the coast, close to Athens, on an appointed day. Athens was the city dedicated to Athene. It was seeing Athene bathing that caused Teiresias to be blinded in one account.

Another account of a person being punished for revealing the mysteries is Arachne. Later patriarchal accounts say that she was turned into a spider by Athene because she wove better than Athene, who flew into a jealous rage (not typical behavior for her), killing her, but later taking pity on her and changing her into a spider. But the older accounts say that Arachne wove the mysteries for all to see and was punished as a result. This I believe is the key. For Teiresias to reveal the mysteries of the matrilineal agriculture to the pastoral patriarchal culture would be devastating. If Teiresias was a patriarch or even just a man and became an initiate into the matrilineal mysteries, saw the image of Athene being bathed and clothed, participated in the matrilineal culture and was considered a renowned prostitute (a priestess or priest of the matrilineal culture), this would be revolting to the patriarchs. But, not if that man then returned to patriarchy and revealed the mysteries – angering Hera (another mother figure) and being blinded.

Now an interesting note about Teiresias is that he was greatly respected as a sage by the patriarchy, even consulted by Zeus, after being turned back into a man. Yet, association with the matrilineal cultures was not greatly respected, considered unmanly. So my thought is this man, originally a man, was a mole, “converting” to the matrinlineal culture, intent on getting the inside track on the hidden ”mysteries”, and then, “became a man again”, revealing the matrilineal mysteries to the patriarchy and winning their respect. Think spiritual Trojan Horse here.

So what does this have to with gender. Everything. Teiresias is a figure depicting a person experiencing two different genders. This is unacceptable to the misogynistic patriarchal culture, but very accepted amongst egalitarian matrilineal cultures. In older Greek accounts, humans were created with 4 arms, 4 legs and two heads. Zeus, the patriarchal Indo-European sky god of the Mycenaean wave, split them in two with thunderbolts. They forever wandered, trying to find their other half to become whole again. It is a foundational principle of the patriarchal Indo-Europeans to fracture humanity into two genders, with the male being superior and the female subjugated. That is it – two genders. But ancient matrilineal cultures held that there were more than just male and female, there were many options. 

How Many Genders Are There?
So how many genders are there? Well that depends on your perspective and how you view the word “gender” (covered in depth in Part 2). In the ancient Hellenistic Indo-European (Greek) culture that much of our language descends from, the word “gender” means - kind, sort, class, from Old French gendre, which is from the stem of Latin genus (generis) , meaning race, stock, family; kind, rank, order; species. Genus is from Greek genos meaning race, kind, and gonos meaning birth, offspring, stock, which is from the PIE (Proto-Indo-European) root *gen(e)- produce, beget, be born. In the ancient Greek concept men and women were an entirely different race. According to Hesiod (very misogynistic patriarchal Greek Indo-European writer - 8th century BCE), females were the “genos gynaikon” - race of womankind and the phyla gynaikon – tribes of women (Hesiod Theogony 590-592). Hesiod never writes about a genos andron – race of men, or phyla andro, but he does write about genos and phyla anthropon, which means human. Anthropon, juxtaposed with gynaikon, clearly shows the patriarchal Greek Indo-European mindset that women were not humans, but a lower race/species.

Greek Indo-European Pederasty – Love of Boys
Now gender in ancient Greek culture was not devoid of what we might think was homosexuality, though not as modern homosexuality, but was rather cultivated, with a patriarchal twist. Man was determined to be the superior gender and the active principle, associated with order, the sun and masculinity/strength. Women were associated with passivity, chaos, darkness, femininity/weakness. So in the ancient Greek patriarchal relationships there developed a culture of pederasty (paiderastia - a feminine word), meaning the love of boys. These youths were taken by older men as lovers and “mentors”. The young men ranged in age, but the common age is around 12-17 years, until their facial and body hair grew in, at which point they were generally accepted as men. There were relationships that continued beyond the youth becoming a man, but they were not so socially acceptable.

There are two factors at work here. The older man was viewed as a man, the active, masculine, penetrator with a higher social status. The youth, likened to the role of women, was the passive, feminine, penetrated role – the lower social status. This mind set continues to this day with some homosexual men, not viewing themselves as gay or homosexual because they are the masculine penetrators. But they very much view the passive recipients as being gay, often with disdain. “In Greece the sexual relationship was assumed to be a power relationship, where one participant is dominant and the other inferior. On one side stands the free adult male; on the other, women, slaves, and boys. Sexual roles are isomorphic with social roles; indeed, sexual behavior is seen as a reflection of social relationship not as itself the dominant theme. Thus it is important for us to remember that for the Greeks it was one’s role, not one’s gender, that was salient. Sexual objects come in two different kinds – not male and female but active and passive.” - Myths and Mysteries of Same-Sex Love, Christine Downing, pgs.135-136.

The Greek perspective of pederasty continued into the succeeding Roman culture, but with some minor modifications as the Roman culture became more “civilized”, making penetration illegal for free born youths. Conservative thinkers began to condemn it. Sometimes these young boys are called catamites.

Other Patriarchal Indo-Europeans Pederasty
This pederasty culture is not relegated to the patriarchal Greek Indo-European branch alone. In Central Asia territory of patriarchal Indo-Aryan Persia , Afghanistan, and Pakistan (northern territory of what was referred to as “Hindustan”, prior to Partition) there is the same pederasty practice, modernly called “bacha bazi” - meaning “playing with boys” in the Afghani dialect. A ‘bacha bereesh’ is a boy without a beard, generally between the ages of 14-18. These young boys are sought out by rich and powerful men, who force them into a life of prostitution and slavery. The beautiful boys who are the best dancers become status symbols for their owners. The bacha bazi boys are generally poor, underage or orphans, sometimes they are kidnapped, other times they are sold by their impoverished families, forcing them into this lifestyle.

In 2010, PBS aired the documentary, The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan, by Najibullah Quraishi - .

In Turkey, the young boys are called “Kocek”, which means little, small or young. These young boys begin their training around the age of seven. The kocek dancers are dressed in feminine attire and continue in this career so long as they are youthful looking and beardless. They were taken from their homes, recruited from non-Muslim families (after the Muslim conquest of those territories), by means of a blood tax – the collection of children. The kocek were dressed in heavy makeup, long hair, fine clothes and said to behave sensuously and be effeminate. They were used sexually, often for pay and always as the passive penetrated role. The patriarchal Indo-European Celts are also cited by a number of ancient authors as participating in the practice of pederasty, such as Diodorus (V, 32) observed: "although their wives are comely . . . [Celts] have very little to do with them, but rage with lust, in outlandish fashion, for the embrace of males. It is their practice to sleep upon the ground on the skins of wild beasts and to tumble with a catamite on each side" . Ammianus Marcellinus (Gothic Wars, 2.14) stated that among the Taifales, a boy continued in a passive (penetrated) relationship until he slew a bear or boar. The Indo-Aryan account of the Akkadians, I will explain in the Matrilineal section. (Part 2)

While not totally exhaustive, this shows that a very large cross section of known ancient, patriarchal Indo-Europeans cultures practiced this penetrator/penetrated sexual culture with young boys, often dressing them as women and having them behave effeminately, which has continued to this day. Another common denominator is that when they reach adulthood or perform an act that initiates them into manhood, they are now the penetrators. If they remain the passive penetrated, they are reviled, more so if a currency is involved.

How could this ancient practice encompass such a large swath of patriarchal Indo-European territory, unless it began with the root culture of the proto-Indo-Europeans that originated near the Sea of Azov in the Eurasian Steppes?

The Passive Partner
Armed with this perspective, you can see the view that patriachal Indo-Europeans would have of men that “betrayed” mankind, associating themselves with the egalitarian matrilineal culture that accepted various aspects of people – female warriors and leaders, males who wanted to dress as women, males who castrated themselves to be like women, adult males who enjoyed sex/relationships with other adult males. That is the greatest offense against the patriarchy – to willingly associate yourself with the subjugated.

Now there is another twist here. The passive young man, cannot enjoy this passive sexual role. If the boys, becoming men, continued to be passive sexual recipients, they were viewed harshly. If, as a man, they continued to be passive, much more so. And worse, if a man was bought with gifts or was the recipient for money. “In so far as the 'passive partner' in a homosexual act takes on himself the role of a woman, he was open to the suspicion, like the male prostitute, that he abjured his prescribed role as a future solider and defender of the community.” - Sexuality and Gender in the Classical World: Readings and Sources, K. J. Dover, pg. 28. “The situation was totally different in the case of grown equals, however. Whereas the Dorian boy would attain manhood through his submission, the grown man who submitted to another man would lose his manliness and become effeminate, exposed to shame and scorn.” Phallos: A Symbol and Its History in the Male World, Thorkil Vanggaard, pg. 89. “A man who enjoys playing the receptive partner is derogated as a prostitute and as having forfeited his right as a citizen to hold office. The assumption is that a man who would willingly make himself available would do anything! Only slaves, women, and foreigners would willingly choose to be treated as objects” - Myths and Mysteries of Same-Sex Love, Christine Downing, pg. 139.

In the later Roman culture, Lex Scantinia was a law created to penalize all male citizens of high position that partook in passive sexual behavior. To be the penetrated “passive” or “submissive”, threatened masculinity, with feminine traits, submission and passive mannerisms being an act of the subjugated, women, lower class and slaves. The Roman term for effeminacy was “Graeculus”, meaning “a little Greek.” According to the Roman jurist Pomponius, “Whatever man has been raped by the force of robbers or the enemy in wartime (vi praedonum vel hostium) ought to bear no stigma.” Why would this bear no stigma? Because the patriarchal Indo-European culture is all about warmongering, which includes rape as a part of war – dominating your enemy. Whats done in war, stays in the war.

Patriarchal Indo-European Penetrator/Penetrated Terms for Women
This pentrator/penetrated culture is further evidenced by a number of patriarchal Indo-Europeans terms for women that arrive in our English branch of the Indo-European languages. Vagina comes from Latin, meaning sheath, scabbard, pod (pl. vaginae). This originates from the Indo-European *wag-ina, from base *wag- "to break, split." Possibly from the ancient sheaths being made from a split piece of wood. The Slavic/Baltic languages added the “V” pronunciation to the *wag-ina, making it vag-ina. The patriarchs penis is viewed as one of their weapons of warfare – the dagger or sword. And the female “vagina' is their sword sheath. Their sword is the active, masculine penetrator and the female is the passive, feminine penetrated. Another term is twat. Twat is from Old Norse thveit /thweit which means a cut, slit, forest clearing. Used for genitals, a sexually active woman, later for a foolish or despicable person. The forest clearer (male penis) the active, masculine penetrator and the forest (female vulva), the passive, feminine penetrated.

Half a Man
Now lets take a look at the patriarchal view of “half a man.” In older Greek accounts, Aphroditus was a male version of the name Aphrodite, said to have female shape and wear the clothing of a female, but a beard and penis of a man (this is a carry over from the matrilineal culture). Aphroditus was worshipped as a goddess, being both male and female, in a ritual where men wore womens clothing and women wore mens. This account originates from Cyprus, a matrinlineal Aegean Sea culture before the patriarchal Indo-Europeans. Later the patriarchs change the account to that of Hermaphroditus (they are always rewriting history @#$%). The term hermaphrodite is due to the patriarchal lore of a union between Hermes (a son of Zeus the head of the patriarchal Indo-European Olympian pantheon) and Aphrodite. She bore a child with both genders visible. According to patriarchal perspectives, Hermaphroditus was derogatorily viewed as “half a man”.

Another example of this derogatory view of “half a man” by the patriarchy is an ancient case of Anacharisis, son of a Scythian (patriarchal Indo-Europeans) king, who traveled to Greece and became initiated into the matrilineal Mothers Eleusinian Mysteries, castrated himself and adopted the dress of women. He later returned home. He was killed by his brother, who had become king. " When a countryman of his own (his brother) was imitating among the Scythians the rite of the Mother of the Gods as practiced at Cyzicus, by beating the drum and clanging the cymbal, and by having images of the Goddess suspended from his neck after the manner of a priest of Cybele, this king (Saulius) slew him (Anacharisis) with an arrow, on the ground that the man, having been deprived of his own virility in Greece, was now communicating the effeminate disease to his fellow Scythians." - Clement of Alexandria, Protreptica 24:1.

During the Roman time frame, these male followers of the Mother Kybele/Cybele, whose origins are much older, stemming from the ancient matrilineal cultures, were known as Galli. The meaning of the name is disputed, though the Latin word “gallus” means rooster and may be a derogatory word for the decorative struting of the Galli. The more detailed description of the Galli will be in the matrilineal portion (Part 2) of this blog, but what you need to know is that some (not all were castrated, it was a choice) of the Galli castrated themselves, began wearing makeup like women and wore womens clothes. The patriarchal Indo-European Roman culture prohibited its citizens from becoming Galli (castration). After a brief lifting of the ban under Claudius, Domitian reinstated the law that Roman citizens were forbidden to practice eviratio (Latin evirare - to castrate; e = out + vir = man. To emasculate; to dispossess of manhood).

Patriarchal Indo-European Penetrator/Dominator Commonality
These examples show the patriarchal Indo-European root perspective, not of our modern concept of homosexuality, but of their ancient perspective of man, masculinity and domination. Their gender - man, was superior, a warrior/dominator/penetrator, equated with the sun and order. The other gender/species, that of woman, was the inferior, the subjugated/penetrated equated with the dark and chaos. It is true that the ancient patriarchal Indo-European culture was misogynistic (hating of women), but this hatred carried over to other men; men they viewed as willingly betraying their male gender/species; either by submitting themselves to be penetrated as adult free men, or by castrating themselves (removing their male gender, now becoming female), or by assimilating the effeminate characteristics of the female gender. Now men, in their eyes, only pertained to their Indo-European racial warrior caste. All other men from other races, who became the subjugated third/fourth caste system, were not of their gender/species.

You can clearly see this hate of any adult man that is not the patriarchal Indo-European masculine/male/penetrator, this homophobia, in the patriarchal Indo-Europeans religious system, especially that of the Abrahamic faiths (yes they are patriarchal Indo-European. Abraham was Indo-European Amurru/Amorite, who had a political marriage alliance with Sarah, who was Indo-European Hittite. Send me an email and I will send you the documentation, including the biblical passages.) This whole homophobia bullshit is the fear that gay men or transgender men will communicate “the effeminate disease” to them. 

About a year ago, there was a de-motivational poster that was making its rounds on reddit and the rest of the internet. It read, “Homophobia – Fear that gay men will treat you the way that you treat women.” This is very much true - they dont want to be the penetrated/subjugated. And “worse” than a regular gay man in the patriarchal Indo-European eyes, is a transgender that either associated with a woman or goes even farther, castrating himself (theres no going back from that). Of all hate crimes, the group that I have seen the highest statistics for, are the crimes against the transgender community, often resulting in murder.

The heterosexual men that I know, that dont subscribe to the patriarchal Indo-European culture, that are not misogynistic assholes, arent afraid of homosexuality. They arent afraid of being "infected". The freedom of bisexuals is an ancient heritage of the matrilineal cultures (some anthropologist might even argue that it goes way back to our evolution from a parent primate that also produced our cousins, the bonobo primates, who are also bisexual.  -(Bonobo, The Forgotten Ape, Frans De Wall; Sex at Dawn by Christopher Ryan, Ph.D. & Cacilda Jethá, M.D.). This freedom and acceptance of a variety of sexualities and genders, in the matrilineal cultures, is for the next blog, The Ancient Gender War, Part 2 - Matrilineal Cultures and the Many Genders.

Kathryn QannaYahu

Coming soon - The Ancient Gender War, Part 2. 
Matrilineal Cultures and the Many Genders

(I am in the process of moving to another home, so this may be a week or two before Part 2 gets posted )

Monday, July 30, 2012

Woman and Mother's Milk – From Slavery to Patriarchal Divinity

Numerous times in my life, there have been moments when I wished I could assimilate knowledge by osmosis. Then I saw the Matrix series. If I got nothing else out of those movies, it was the constant visual image and now unending desire, of being plugged into a system, downloading vast amounts of specific knowledge, in a matter of minutes. Sigh...

If such a thing were possible, ancient languages would be my drug of choice. Often, I will sit with an ancient language dictionary and just browse. Immediately I have to pull out the pen and paper, make notes because the epiphany light bulbs keep lighting up, making connections with ancient texts, mythologies, histories. “Ah! Now I understand what was really going on!” Ancient languages help me to better understand the peoples, the cultures and the remnants of what survives in our modern cultures.

An example of this is one of my favorite books, The Tao Te Ching, A New Translation With Commentary, by Ellen Chen. I have read several translations or editings of the Tao Te Ching. Since I have not learned Chinese, I am at the mercy of the translators for a good translation of these ancient writings. But, from a spiritual perspective, I really dont like being at the mercy of careless translations or worse, translations with an agenda that warp the original meaning. Having read so many versions and seeing such a diversity of thought, I was almost resigning myself to have to learn, yet another language, just to understand one writing.

Then I stumbled upon Ellen Chens work. She not only makes a literal translation (yay for women who have been marginalized by patriarchal culture and written out of life), but provides commentary, so that you will see the process of translation. Chen does not give you a modern translation of the word, but shows the ancient use and utilizes comparative linguistics from other writings of the same time period and culture. I was in heaven reading her work and continue to reread on a regular basis.

This is why I like to take a multi-disciplinary approach to my research. Without the detailed puzzle pieces of numerous disciplines, I dont think we will ever be able to assemble the puzzle, to see the big picture and therefore, understand who we are, what our culture is. Without that understanding, I dont believe that we will be able to remedy many of our current cultural woes. It is like the mantra of support groups – acknowledging there is a problem, is the first step to recovery/healing. With this in mind, I believe that ancient linguistics is vital to healing our current cultural problems. Yeah, I can already hear the “bullshits” of the readers. But, the proof is in the pudding.


The ancient matrilineal (not = to matriarchal) Sumerian writing system, before the Akkadian patriarchal (father rule, not = to all men, please see "On the Same Page" tab above) subjugation, began with pictographs and ideograms. A Pictograph or pictogram is a picture that resembles the image pictured. For example, an eye or an arm/hand or the modern men and womens images on bathroom doors. An ideograph or ideogram is an idea being written (grapho); a picture which represents an idea, similar to pictographs / pictograms, but they convey larger or multiple concepts, rather than just one picture. Examples of ideographs are an arrow g, which can convey direction of travel or location, a cardinal point or an arrow for hunting or warfare. Another example of an ideograph is the spiral which can represent the continuity of life and is frequently used on ancient womens images, especially with the womb area. Some ideographs are formed by combined pictographs, much like a compound word. 

The ancient pictograph for woman (munus) was a fertile triangle. This triangle is not isolated to the ancient Samarra culture, but occurs all over the ancient Meopotamian, Levant, northern Africa, Aegean Sea territory, up into Old South Europe and the Anatolia territory. This fertile triangle becomes a part of latter writings systems, such as the letter D, in our modern alphabet. But that is another rabbit trail. 

So lets take a look at the first recorded word for slave. In the patriarchally subjugating Akkadian (the nation that subjugated the Sumerians), the ideograph for the word slave is formed from the Sumerian pictograph for woman and the pictograph for mountains, because the patriarchal Akkadian slaves were first women that were taken from the nearby mountains. In a wee bit later ancient Akkadian texts, they boast of the tens of thousands of women that they captured, as well as the children taken and the young males, castrates, that were forcibly castrated and forced to work in the Houses of Weaving. These were the ancient sweatshops of their time. These sweatshops produced mass amounts of textiles for the ruling patriarchal elite, which they used for themselves and for trade to other nations – slave labor.

The subjugation of women for slavery is a very ancient concept. Women, from the patriarchal Indo-European cultures perspective, are written about as livestock – a slave that reproduced more slaves -brilliant! Euripides (480 – 406 BC), an ancient Hellenes/Greek writer, wrote in his Greek tragedy Medea, through the character of Jason (almost halfway into the tragedy), “If only children could be got some other way without the female sex! If women didn’t exist, human life would be rid of all its miseries”. The real tragedy of the this is the misogyny of the patriarchal Indo-European culture. Women were not viewed just as convenient slave labor, but as livestock for breeding purposes. Increasingly you see the aspects of ownership, such as brands and veiling, being documented. Marriages, wives and concubines were used for political alliances and property distribution. A pattern which has continued for thousands of years.

Mother and her Milk

With all this hatred of women so rampant in the patriarchal Indo-European cultures, how on earth could an ancient Sumerian pictograph for mother, come to be used for divinity by the Akkadians? And yes, while the Akkadians did assimilate a Semitic tongue, their culture was that of the patriarchal Indo-Europeans that spread through that territory, continuing through to the northern parts of Hindustan, currently called Pakistan and northern India. But this subject is more than a mere rabbit trail, it is the infestation of a whole rabbit warren.

The ancient Sumerian word for mother is AMA, shown by the pictograph above. This pictograph began as a simple rectangle, representing a body (house) and what is frequently described by academics as a star – representing milk. The basic idea is – the woman who produced milk was a mother – AMA. Later variations included a roof with the milk in various locations of the “house”. This use of the word “star” to describe the milk is more of a backwards association. Due to the high celestial cosmology of the patriarchal Indo-Europeans, a star was part of the symbols associated with a god. So they refer to the original milk symbol, that had no celestial application at the time, as being a star, which it later came to be, removing the motherly association with the pictograph. Many of you may wonder why an image that looks so sprayed out, could possibly represent milk. You would need to see milk being expressed, either from a womans breast or an animals teat, to see the spraying action of milk. As a mother who nursed her children, I have no difficulty understanding the pictograph.

A major aspect of the patriarchal Indo-Europeans is that they became pastoralists, meaning they were pastors, their social and economic system based on the raising and herding of livestock. Pastoralist cultures are very dairy oriented. In life, mammals nurse their young and then wean them. Once weaned, mammals do not have a tolerance for milk, what is frequently referred to today as “lactose intolerance”. But this patriarchal Indo-European pastoral culture, over time, developed a lactose tolerance and carry that gene, even today. Bear in mind, there is a difference between small agriculture families or villages, that had a few domestic animals, and a pastoral culture with large herds. Also bear in mind that some of todays lactose intolerance issues are not necessarily from the lack of this gene (Asian and Africans do not carry this gene), but from the pasteurization of the milk, the heat destroying the natural enzymes that aid in digestion. This is a whole different subject of sustainability and control.

In ancient 3rd millennium Akkadian texts we see the original contest between the ancient Samarran culture and the patriarchal Indo-European Akkadian culture. In this tradition, Dumuzi (later came to be known as Tammuz) is represented as a shepherd, herdsman originally. “Dumuzi’s true nature was always that of the shepherd, best illustrated in the contest between Dumuzi and Enkimdu, in which Dumuzi competes with his animal products (mostly dairy) against Enkimdu, the farmer, who brings his farm products, in the competition to win the goddess Inanna’s favours as husband.” Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible, pg. 829. In the original accounts, Inanna chooses Enkimdu with the agriculture of her people.This account gets written in the Tanak/Bible with a twist, in the Bereshiyth/Genesis account as the brothers Cain and Abel, bringing their sacrifices to God. The pastoral “brother” is the favored offering and the agriculture “brother”'s offering is rejected. Well what can you expect from a patriarchal shepherding Indo-European sky god?

It is believed that Dumuzi was not originally a god, but a human being that came to be deified, as a number of deities originally were. Early second millennium BCE Sumerian/Akkadian King List, lists two rulers by the name of Dumuzi, one of which was called, “Dumuzi, the Shepherd.” This is a good example of the ruler/king dying and becoming deified, as covered in the Ancestor Cult/Cult of the Dead section of the Worthless Deities in the Hebrew Text book. Later, the characteristics of Damu, a vegetation deity, were assimilated to Dumuzi, becoming associated with vegetation of the subjugated matrilineal culture.

“The god Dumuzi evolved into the most complicated, multi-faceted deity in the Mesopotamian pantheon, becoming a syncretic figure embodying, as Jacobsen observes, the power behind the date-palm (Amausumgalanna), the power of the milk (Dumuzi the shepherd), and the power of the life-giving waters entering the tree sap (Damu).  Dumuzi/Tammuz was the power in the barley seeds planted in the fall, which ultimately would manifest itself in the bountiful harvest of the spring. Thus from the autumn through the first months of spring, Dumuzi – the grain – was growing and prospering. Yet by summer, the fourth month, the grain had been cut down and only the stubble remained – Dumuzi was spent. Thus the summer was the occasion to mourn for the dead Dumuzi, for the power in the seeds and grain which was no more. Jacobsen observes ‘His [Dumuzi’s] death, accordingly, is when the grain is cut at harvest And then brewed into beer which goes into storage underground; that is to say, into the netherworld.’ “ The Cultic Calendar of the Ancient Near East, Mark Cohen, pg. 263.

Power of the Milk – Sign of a God

This “power of the milk” is the key to understanding how a matrilineal cultures pictograph for AMA – a womans body with milk in it, became the patriarchal Indo-Europeans sign for a god. Understanding the misogyny that every patriarchal Indo-European culture has towards women, it is ironic that the very thing that a womans body produces, to nourish the life that her body creates and bears, was assimilated and distorted to become the sign of the deities in the Akkadian and later pantheons. 

Above you will see the progression and use of the pictograph for milk, which became AN, used for star. Since the cosmology of the patriarchal Indo-Europeans is very solar, with their main god being their solar All Father who throws thunderbolts and resides in the sky/heavens, the pictograph An came to be used next to a person or name to represent that they were a deity of the heavens. But this was not just any old star, this was the milk star, that nourished the gods. The patriarchal Indo-European culture despises women to the point that if they could, they would rather do away with women altogether. We are not crucial to slavery. Though we are easier to subjugate physically, the patriarchal culture is notorious for enslaving men of other cultures as well, it is just more difficult – hence castration as a means of pacifying some of the men. But, women are crucial to breeding.

Repeatedly in ancient patriarchal mythologies, the supreme male gods are reported as giving birth – a very unnatural and impossible act, trying to usurp the birthing process. The Greek Indo-European example is Zeus, who castrated his father Cronus, giving birth to Athene from his head. In much older Hittite Indo-European accounts, Kumarbi, the son of Anu, the god of heaven, tries to overthrow his father. When Anu tried to escape, Kumarbi bit off and swallowed the genitals of his father. When he discovered that this had impregnated him, he spat out the semen, but the pregnancy of Teshub, his son, remained and had to be cut out of his thigh. Another account has the deity, Kazal, emerging from his skull. In the Indo-Aryan accounts Vishnu gives birth to Brahma, from a lotus flower that sprouted from Vishnus navel (now why would a god have a navel I ask?).

In another patriarchal Indo-European tradition of disassociating from the mothers, you see accounts of gods and patriarchal kings being nursed by animals instead of mothers. Perhaps that is how they simply viewed the mothers or once having given birth, which the patriarchs couldnt do, they could take a child from a mother and use an animal as a wet nurse, to remove any bonding between the child and the mother. Examples of these accounts are the Greek Indo-European Zeus being nursed by the goat Amaltheia, Dionysus nursed by bees and Telephus suckled by a doe, Lycastus and Parrhasius nursed by a she wolf, as well as Hippothous and the Macedonian general under Alexander the Great nursed by mares. The Indo-European Roman Romulus and Remus were nursed by a she wolf. A Similar Indo-European Anatolian account mentions an orphaned boy being nursed by a she wolf named Asena, who then bears half-wolf, half-boys who become the Turkic nation. The Indo-Aryan Indo-Europeans wrote of Krishna being suckled by a cow, Cyrus I being nursed by a dog, with Croesus and Xerxes nursed by mares. In the Indo-European Nordic tradition, Audhumla, the primal cow, suckled the forebears of the giants. The Nordic god Wodan was nursed by the dew (while not an animal, it was void of a mother). In the Indo-European Celtic tradition Oisin, the warrior poet was nursed by a she wolf.

It is not enough to replace the mother from culture, through wet nursing animals, but the Abrahamic faiths replaced the Mother, Shadday (the breasted one), with a male- monotheistic male, thunder bolt wielding sky god. Since when is a strictly male god the “One of the Breasts and the Womb? Was it not enough that the majority of the women mentioned in the Tanak/Bible are barren, the source of sin or prostitutes, did they have to usurp an ancient mothers title and make that patriarchal as well? If the breasts and milk are so important, return them to the women they originate with, instead of cutting the mothers out of history and spiritual matters.

Healing the Historical Cultural Wound

Having delved into the linguistics and comparative mythologies of the patriarchal Indo-European cultures, which affect so much of our current culture in Europe and the Americas, whether through Indo-European ethnicities and their traditions or the adoption of the Indo-European faiths, such as the 3 Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (yes, they are patriarchal Indo-European through the Amurru Abraham and Hittite Sarah, with a Semitic language tradition), we will never be able to restore or bring about egalitarianism until the misogyny against women, mothers and their nursing is stopped.

Look at the media wars against images of mothers nursing, the Facebook bans of breastfeeding pictures. The breast, clearly is not at issue, since womens nude or nearly nude boobs are sexualized everywhere. 

Twenty minutes after drafting this blog, I was speaking with a young man in his late 20s about these issues. Now, this man has 3 children of his own, and as a child, he had been nursed, as well as his younger siblings. He was constantly around other mothers who nursed their children and was not raised with any misogyny towards mothers and their natural body functions. But at the mention of this subject, he went on a tirade, saying that these breast feeding images needed to be banned, not just from Facebook, but the internet, movies, etc. He said that he did not want to see people, “urinating, defecating, vomiting or breast feeding.” He stated that it was disgusting. Over and over he repeated the phrase of “urinating, defecating, vomiting and breast feeding” like it was some kind of misogynistic programing. After ending the conversation, I got online and and typed in that search string. I was hoping to find the origins of such misogyny. I still havent found the source of equating a life nourishing motherly process with urinating, defecating and vomiting, but sadly and angrily, I found that that exact phrase is quite rampant on the internet. That makes me even more concerned than just for this one man. Why are people associating mothers milk with waste and disease? How fucked up things still are for our culture.

A recent ironic cartoon by political cartoonist David Horsey, clearly depicted the hypocrisy against mothers. The ages old patriarchal industry still has the market on whose milk is acceptable, promoting synthetic formulas as being best for several generations now. The roots of the misogyny of the patriarchal Indo-European cultures need to be exposed and removed. Women and mothers need to be restored to their equal and necessary positions in society before there will ever be wholeness, healing.

After the Sumerians had been conquered by the Akkadians, there was a revolution to try and fight off the patriarchal Indo-Europeans who had devastated their culture. The revolution was call Amargi, which can mean freedom, but literally means– return to the mother. While there are a number of organizations using the name of "Amargi", often associating “freedom” with the cancellation of a debtor society, using the cuneiform of amargi on banners, logos and even tatoos, I believe the original association of the Sumerian amargi, the returning to the matrilineal culture that was egalitarian, where women were a valued part of the community, is the better goal. So heres to the value of women and mothers – Amargi!

Got Milk?

Hell Yeah!

Kathryn QannaYahu