Archive for July, 2011
The reclamation required in an examination of the story of Demeter and her daughter, Persephone, must be conducted on both the material and metaphoric realms in order for its message to be fully comprehended. This is the story first and foremost of the intense love and devotion of a mother for her daughter. It is also, however, one of the first examples of how the patriarchy takes a distinctly feminine narrative and alters it, not just for its own immediate benefit, but to shape all future narratives in service of that patriarchal agenda. Like the asphalt and carpets that have buried the once vibrant heart of natural and holistic civilizations, the stories of ourselves have also been painted over with foreign words. They have been left as dry, truncated husks – empty tomes whose only purpose is to serve the needs of political, social, economic and religious institutions bent on exercising authority and power over others.
The need here is to pull up the rugs, open the closets, air out and reclaim these narratives. They are stories of love, passion and the deep desires of individuals to serve the good of the whole. They were not written down at all – they were not etched into stultifying, leather-bound encyclopedias. They were, rather, engaged in and played out within the rich and unpredictable terrain between the bookends of thousands of years of living. They are stories of blood and birth, of harvest and cornucopias, of reverence and duty to that which is, indeed, incomprehensible to the human mind, the divine intelligence which infuses all things with life. The focus of those intertwining and intersecting epochs, eras, and communal and singular lives were centered upon the subtle and brilliant movements between the once-fluid masculine and feminine energetics, guided by the wisdom of the goddess. Read the rest of this entry »