World Transformation Movement (Introduction)

by dhw, Wednesday, November 04, 2020, 11:37 (21 days ago) @ George Jelliss

George: Since no-one seems to know the book I give a taste of it here:
Extract from Robert Graves, The White Goddess,
Appendix II - A talk about the book given in 1957.

<<The most important single fact in the early history of Western religion
and sociology was undoubtedly the gradual suppression of the Lunar
Mother-goddess's inspiratory cult, and its supersession /// by the
busy, rational cult of the Solar God Apollo, who rejected the Orphic
tree-alphabet in favour of the commercial Phoenician alphabet - the
familiar ABC - and initiated European literature and science. It is
no secret that, towards the end of the second millennium BC Apollo's
people captured the Moon-goddess's most revered shrines and oracles,
including Tempe, Delphi and Delos, and so limited her worship that
the great raging Ninefold mountain-mother of Parnassus was at last
converted into a choir, or ballet, or troupe of nine tame little
Nymphs, 'the Muses', with Apollo as their art-director and manager.
Apollo also triumphed over the Italian Goddesses Minerva and Carmenta,
when the Romans went all Greek under the late Republic.
>>

Thank you for this, George. You opened this part of the thread by asking:

Does anyone still defend the idea of a matriarchal society in the past,
such as was set out by Robert Graves in his book The White Goddess?
Which I suspect is more poetry and fantasy than based on reality.

Speaking for myself, I do not believe any of the above gods and goddesses were real, but David has confirmed that there were several matriarchal societies in Africa, and I also mentioned the Amazons. I'm not quite sure how this ties in with the World Transformation Movement, unless the suggestion is that a matriarchal society would solve all our problems.
It could hardly do worse than our patriarchal societies!


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