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Some thoughts on Memorial Weekend Reading
The Dime
When God was a Woman by Merlin Stone.

- I like learning, especially motivated simply by my own curiousity.

- Written in the mid-70s, I'm keenly aware of the difference in time and political climate. As expected, thus far the book has been heavily focused on the exposure of the reader to the idea of a matrilinear, matriarchial, and goddess-based religion. Emerging from the front of femininism instead of the heart of post-modern thought means she's going about things in different ways. I've got to cut her some slack when she doesn't answer my questions of today.

- The "Near East" in prehistoric and classical times fascinates me. Yes, I love the connections to Asia proper, to the Celtic cultures, the tenuous links between the Native Americans and the supposed cradle of civilization, but this area fascinates me.

- History seems more and more a matter of faith to me, no longer an image of a hard science like we assume math or chemistry to be. Because Prehistoric times are that, before recorded history, everything is conjecture and you choose what to believe.

- I am convinced that Caryl Churchill read this book before writting Cloud 9. From Cloud 9:

VICTORIA: Innin, Innana, Nana, Nut, Anat, Anahita, Istar, Isis. Goddess of many names, oldest of the old, who walked in chaos and created life, hear us calling you back through time, before Jehovah, before Christ, before men drove you out and burnt your temples.

From When God was a Woman:

"Those heathen idol worshipers of the Bible had been praying to a woman god - elswhere known as Innin, Innana, Nana, Nut, Anat, Anahita, Istar, Isis, Au Set, Ishara, Asherah, Ashtart, Attoret, Attar, and Hathor - the many-named Divine Ancestress."

- Apparently there is a commonly discussed theory that for a time, human civilizations did not make any connection between sexual intercourse and conception. Sex and pregnancy did not connect for them. Thus, women where naturally regarded as sacred because it was solely from them that life could come, and men played no part in that at all. (We are talking 6000 BCE and earlier) It makes sense to me at the same time that it doesn't.

- "Why and when the more northern tribes came to choose a male deity is a moot question." Okay, I accept that the author is focusing on female power in the Near East, but so far I have had no case made as to why female power would arrise in this particularly area as strongly, versus in other areas. In other words? This statement is a no go, Merlin. The question is important.

- I have a brand new appreciation for Mother now, because it is from her that Maiden and Crone developed.