December 17, 2009 | Leave a Comment
This work began almost 15 years ago when I disappeared down a rabbit hole where I was studying the origins of dragon and serpent mythologies in matrifocal cultures that came before the Indo-Europeans. It was an art and writing project that involved my creating a book of dragons, treating the various dragons and dragon-like mythological beings as species within a genus, exploring them biologically and socially. I became intimate with the religions, mythologies and social structures of ancient aboriginal societies and early civilizations at the root of dragon myths. I found myself living and breathing ancient air, viewing, listening to, and feeling the world in a different way.
This alternative path features a world view that presupposes connection. Studying ancient matrifocal society, I was introduced to an experience characterized by an immanent presence rather than a separated, transcendental god. Interconnection is presupposed. The individual is part of a larger process.
These themes are, of course, reemerging in contemporary times through a number of avenues, including Eastern practices, drugs, group art/aesthetics such as dance and chanting, and aboriginal spiritual paths. I was exploring the origin of dragon myths, discovering the cultural heritage of societies that had their myths and familiars demonized by conquering patrifocal societies. I found myself exploring origins of culture from a very non-Western frame of reference. Studying the origins of dragon mythology led me to a study of the earliest origin of myth. Serpents were some of the first carved images that emerged, which led to an exploration of what exactly happened when culture exploded just before, during or after the African diaspora. Studying serpent mythology led directly to a study of consciousness and the origin of culture.
I was immersed in a different presuppositional matrix from that which characterizes most contemporary theorizing. Presupposing that everything is connected, assuming that human evolution featured our thriving in a matrifocal context until the emergence of proto Indo-Europeans, herding societies and the larger agriculture-based communities, I found myself asking questions that I wasn’t sure had been asked before.
The question which broke things open was: If brains had been growing smaller for the last 25,000 years and if we had been transitioning from a matrifocal to a patrifocal frame, then might there be remnants of those ancient matrifocal aboriginals featuring a larger brain and difficulty with language? The answer was that many autistics have larger brains, their right hemisphere never having diminished in size, and they often have a neurological difficulty with speaking.
I had presupposed that humans had evolved while living in matrifocal societies. I had also presupposed that seemingly noncontiguous disciplines might be directly connected, particularly the sciences studying mythology, consciousness, evolution, neuropsychology, anthropology and social transformation. Perhaps most importantly, I presupposed that integrating the immanent goddess of the ancient aboriginals, featuring an experience of all things being connected, with the narrative, often split, consciousness of the patrifocal societies that followed offered a useful synthesis when seeking to understand how humans evolved and how to describe this evolution.
Those that are good with children can often think/feel like children. To be good at theorizing human origins, I am suggesting that it is useful to experience those early evolutionary states. This work seeks to offer useful interventions in a number of different areas. I am hypothesizing that it is useful to presuppose connection and matrifocal origins when seeking to understand how we came to be.