The Death of the Hero by Shamansun

More than halfway through Coming into Being, I’m having a great time discovering the multiple layers of depth within a single folk tale. As Thompson is pointing out, it is like excavating the layers of a cultural ecology that surrounds and embodies us, even to this day.

In early human history, the sacred was represented in voluptuous woman figurines, the male figure not yet differentiated from mother Gaia. Instead, the phallus is contained within the figurine. The eternal return.

The male archetype is represented as borrowing life from Gaia and always having to return it. Gaia demands sacrifice. The story changes, however, with Osiris, “who is at the threshold of the transition from prehistoric culture to historic civilization.” By eliminating human sacrifice, by defying the eternal return, he serves as a cultural hero in a new type of human society. The individual has begun to have importance. Horus, the son, is enthroned.

Thompson describes the differences between matriarchy and patriarchy nicely by detailing human burial:
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“No one had names, everyone was buried impersonally. The bones were placed…in the megalithic tumulus, the great vault that is the womb/tomb of the Great mother. When we come to the heroic age, the Bronze Age of militarism and patriarchy, then we encounter the graves of heroes with names. And then we come upon passing on from one generation to another, from one male to another, from father to son.”

(C) Shamansun

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