May 18, 2009 | Leave a Comment
Rosanna and I are conducting an overview of matrifocal societies around the world, seeking correlations with the primary elements of the thesis. I’m estimating that a matrifocal society will have females with higher testosterone and higher estrogen than a modern conventional society, males with lower testosterone and lower estrogen, more frequent anomalous cerebral dominance with both cerebral hemispheres more often the same size, a leftward shift of Annett’s handedness distributions (more left-handers), delayed puberty and tendencies to exhibit specific diseases and conditions characterized by the hormonal tendencies just mentioned.
There is the possibility that matrifocal societies will have language structures characterized by an emphasis on the present tense as in the Hopi and Trobriand Islanders. This would suggest an affinity to primary process in waking consciousness: one time, one place, no negatives. An implication might be a different kind of sense of humor and a possible different kind of creative imagination.
Elia and I were talking last night about the relevance of myth. Elia suggested that the structure of the mythology of matrifocal societies may reflect the unique neurological constellation we are proposing. We considered that the myths might show a single story line, main character almost always present (no cut away to other times or places), little exhibition of a theory of mind in gods or goddesses and few references to other myths or stories.
A position taken in the more detailed piece, “Introduction to the Theory of Waves,” is that aboriginal matrifocal societies will exhibit populations with larger percentages of people exhibiting conditions characterized by maturational delay, such as autism and Asperger’s. I’m estimating that a caveat to that position might be necessary. There might be such increases and increases in diseases featuring high estrogen and testosterone women, low estrogen and testosterone men, only if there have been radical changes in child rearing practices accompanied by sudden diet and environmental rhythm modifications.
I’m starting to consider that the highly ritualized environment of aboriginal matrifocal societies, along with the ways children are raised and what they are fed, are preventing the further leftward shift of infants and toddlers. These conventions might be engaging young neurologies in ways that there is far less autism, fewer people lost in an isolated, waking, primary process.
This thesis would suggest that aboriginal children taken from their mothers at birth or shortly thereafter, adopted by a conventional, modern, patrifocal family, might show high percentages of conditions exhibiting maturational delay and diseases associated with the hormonal extremes this thesis has been tracking.
Whereas matrifocal societies embracing modern culture will more likely exhibit the kinds of disease and condition anomalies this thesis proposes, aboriginal matrifocal societies will manifest these derivations far less often.
Perhaps the most profound connotation is that moderns raising their children using aboriginal techniques (constant rhythm, ritualized behaviors, specialized diet, unique touch or kinesthetic conventions), particularly those women with high testosterone levels mating with males with low testosterone levels, could reduce the number of children unable to exit from primary process, the maturational delayed, the autistic.
This is another suggestion of the ouroboros, the snake with her tail within her mouth, a thesis that suggests that aboriginal child rearing practices may usefully inform a society with an increasing number of neotenous characteristics with matrifocal tendencies. This feels right to me. Just as the features of our infant forebears manifest in the contemporary features of our species, what we would call classic neoteny, there are possible signs that characteristics of our societal forebears, aboriginal matrifocal societies, are characteristics that may usefully inform the features of contemporary times.
According to this thesis, tattoos and piercings among our youth will likely lead to other aboriginal borrowings. I would watch for an increase in ritualized behaviors. Music has reflected aboriginal themes for decades. If our young mothers and fathers were to start changing the way they raise their children, how might conventional ancient practices be reflected in modern practice?
Connections between the past and present seem to be growing stronger. There may be a reason for this. Our future may be integrally tied to our ancient past.