I am a believer in the matriarchal prehistory. I am a feminist spiritualist. These two statements feel real to me. They do not represent a false vision of female power and domination. They are visions about an ancient undocumented society in which men and women worked in partnership to protect and nurture a fragile, misunderstood life where danger lurked at every corner.
As I read the literature by so many western - born authors, who struggle with finding their niche in life today ( and history or hystery or herstory), I am amazed at how simple it is for me to fall intuitively into a unproven and undocumented time in our distant past when women were the main thread in the fabric of life.
I am not an intellectual but I love to read. I am not an artist but I can appreciate art in many forms but mostly I am not a scientist where proving the validity of a myth becomes critical. Myth and lies are not synonymous. No one has to prove to me that stories that are told over and over and believed to be true are true. Perhaps their original meaning was lost and perhaps not. What is to be gained from the story is the essence. If women were always under dogs in this world of ours there would have been no need to systematically destroy their credibility over the last five thousand years. The mysteries of women will always frighten. Our power to nurture life is as unfathomable to men and often to ourselves as any other mystery.
I can say with absolute certainty that many factors brought about these changes in the way that our society has divided the two genders of humans. We are essentially the same but with knowledge today that recognizes female and male as equal partners in the life cycle. So far we have not been able to find another way to reproduce our species.
The millions of women, men and children who died fighting for a women's right to be respected and honoured should not die in vain. The 'burning times' of witch hunts and the Inquisition was but one example punishing women's connectedness to earth and her appreciation of natural laws in health and healing. What started as a blatant control of religion soon turned into a hate-filled, fear-based, accusatory tirade against some women and their families for two to three centuries. Devil worship, magic, sorcery, evil, were all words which could bring women to trial and punishment. The ultimate sacrifice often included death by fire or drowning.
Women today are still abused, beaten, killed, and used mercilessly even in so called civilized societies. For the last six thousand years, dehumanization of women has been perpetuated in the name of a deity who happened to be male. I doubt that the Goddess of ancient lore would have singled out and sacrificed female energy in their quest for power. Even if the prehistoric life was not idyllic, as least there was the benefit of role models. There were stories of women in power, women deities, homage to the great mother, earth seen as nurturing.
Life cycles were normal, connected to the moon, easily explainable in the context of daily life.
The first menstrual cycle was celebrated and understood. Women learned to move in a natural cycle. When did these events become unclean and dirty? Conception, childbirth and child-rearing were carried on within the love and support of a community. Life may have been a struggle but it was a shared endeavour.
Nothing has changed! We may control much of our life today but we still need to honour and appreciate ourselves. No one needs to tell me that women had a different life before history was written. We were there. Our Matriarchal mitochondria carries the story and we can find it within ourselves if we search carefully and diligently!
The month of September is dedicated to all women, past, present, and future who fight for their beliefs, who honour and teach, who reproduce and be creative, who love and teach love by example. This month, Discover the Path honours you!
Take some time to read the stories of our heroes in the Goddess Profiles in Courage page.