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Not only the moon, but to judge from Hemera of Greece and Grairme of Ireland the sun, were the goddesss celestial symbols. In earlier Greek myth, however, the sun yields precedence to the moonwhich inspires the greater superstitious fear, does not grow dimmer as the year wanes, and is credited with the power to grant or deny water to the fields.
The moon's three phases of new, full and old, recalled the matriarch's three phases of maiden, nymph nubile woman and crone. Then, since the sun's annual course similarly recalled the rise and decline of her physical powersspring a maiden, summer a nymph, winter a cronethe goddess became identified with seasonal changes in animal and plant life; and thus with Mother Earth who, at the beginning of the vegetative year, produces only leaves and buds, then flowers and fruits, and at last ceases to bear.
She could later be conceived as yet another triad: the maiden of the upper air, the nymph of the earth or sea, the crone of the Underworldtypified respectively by Selene, Aphrodite and Hecate.
These mystical analogues fostered the sacredness of the number three, and the Moon-goddess became enlarged to nine when each of the three personsmaiden, nymph and croneappeared in triad to demonstrate her divinity. Her devotees never quite forgot that there were not three goddesses, but one goddess; although by Classical times, Arcadian Stymphalus was one of the few remaining shrines where they all bore the same name: Hera.
Once the relevance of coition to child-bearing had been officially admittedan account of this turning-point in religion appears in the Hittite myth of simple-minded Appu man's religious status gradually improved, and winds or rivers were no longer given credit for impregnating women. The tribal nymph, it seems, chose an annual lover from her entourage of young men, a king to be sacrificed when the year ended; making him a symbol of fertility, rather than the object of her erotic pleasure.
His sprinkled blood served to fructify trees, crops and flocks, and his flesh was torn and eaten raw by the queen's fellow nymphspriestesses wearing masks of bitches, mares and sows.
Next, in amendment to this practice, the king died as soon as the power of the sun, with which he was identified, began to decline in the summer; and another young man, his twin, or supposed twin a convenient ancient Irish term is 'tanist'then became the queen's lover, to be duly sacrificed at midwinter and, as a reward, reincarnated in an oracular serpent. These consorts acquired executive power only when permitted to deputise for the queen by wearing her magic robes.
Thus kingship developed, and though the sun became a symbol of male fertility once the king's life had been identified with its seasonal course, it still remained under the moon's tutelage; as the king remained under the queen's tutelage, in theory at least, long after the matriarchal phase had been outgrown.
Thus the witches of Thessaly, a conservative region, would threaten the sun, in the moon's name, with being engulfed by perpetual Night. There is, however, no evidence that, even when women were sovereign in religious matters, men were denied fields in which they might act without female supervision, though it may well be that they adopted many of the 'weaker-sex' characteristics hitherto thought functionally peculiar to man.
They could be trusted to hunt, fish, gather certain foods, mind flocks and herds, and help defend the tribal territory against intruders, so long as they did not transgress matriarchal law. Leaders of totem clans were chosen and certain powers awarded them, especially in times of migration or war. Rules for determining who could act as male commander-in-chief carried, it appears, in different matriarchies: usually the queen's maternal uncle, or her brother, or the son of her maternal aunt was chosen.
The most primitive tribal commander-in-chief also had authority to act as judge in personal disputes between men, insofar as the queen's religious authority was not thereby impaired.
The most primitive matrilineal society surviving today is that of the Nayars of Southern India, where the princesses, though married to child-husbands whom they immediately divorce, bear children to lovers of no particular rank; and the princesses of several matrilineal tribes of West Africa marry foreigners or commoners.
The royal women from pre-Hellenic Greece also thought nothing of taking lovers from among their serfs, if the Hundred Houses of Locris and Epizephyrian Locri were not exceptional. Time was first reckoned by lunations, and every important ceremony took place at a certain phase of the moon; the solstices and equinoxes not being exactly determined but approximated to the nearest new or full moon.
The number seven acquired peculiar sanctity, because the king died at the seventh full moon after the shone day. Even when, after careful astronomical observation, the sidereal year proved to have days, with a few hours left over, it had to be divided into monthsthat is, moon-cyclesrather than into fraction of the solar cycle.
These months later became what the English-speaking world still calls 'common- law months', each of twenty-eight days which was a sacred number, in the sense that the moon could be worshipped as a woman, whose menstrual cycle is normally twenty-eight days, and that this is also the true period of the moon's revolutions in terms of the sun.
The seven- day week was a unit of the common-law month, the character of each day being deduced, it seems, from the quality attributed to the corresponding month of the sacred kings life. This system led to a still closer identification of woman with moon and, since the day year is exactly divisible by twenty-eight, the annual sequence of popular festivals could be geared to these common-law months.
There are thirteen, I say There are but twelve, I say Thirteen, the number of the suns death-month, has never lost its evil reputation among the superstitious. The days of the week lay under the charge of Titans: the genii of sun, moon, and the five hitherto discovered planets, who were responsible for them to the goddess as Creatrix. This system had probably been evolved in matriarchal Sumeria.
Thus the sun passed through thirteen monthly stages, beginning at the winter solstice when the days lengthen again after their long autumnal decline. The extra day of the sidereal year, gained from the solar year by the earths revolution around the suns orbit, was intercalated between the thirteenth and the first month, and became the most important day of the , the occasion on which the tribal Nymph chose the sacred king, usually the winner of a race, a wrestling match, or an archery contest.
But this primitive calendar underwent modifications: in some regions the extra day seems to have been intercalated, not at the winter solstice, but at some other New Yearat the Candlemas cross-quarter day, when the first signs of spring are apparent; or at the spring equinox, when the sun is regarded as coming to maturity; or at midsummer; or at the rising of the Dog Star, when the Nile floods; or at the autumnal equinox, when the first rains fall. Early Greek mythology is concerned, above all else, with the changing relations between the queen and her lovers, which begin with their yearly, or twice-yearly, sacrifices; and end, at the time when the Iliad was composed and kings boasted: We are far better than our fathers!
Numerous African analogues illustrate the progressive stages of this change. A large part of Greek myth is politico-religious history.
Bellerophon masters winged Pegasus and kills the Chimaera. Perseus, in a variant of the same legend, flies through the air and beheads Pegasuss mother, the Gorgon Medusa; much as Marduk, a Babylonian hero, kills the she-monster Tiamat, Goddess of the Seal.
Perseuss name should properly be spelled Pterseus, the destroyer; and he was not, as Professor Kerenyi has suggested, an archetypal Death-figure but, probably, represented the patriarchal Hellenes who invaded Greece and Asia Minor early in the second millennium BC, and challenged the power of the Triple-goddess. Pegasus had been sacred to her because the horse with its moon-shaped hooves figured in the rain-making ceremonies and the instalment of sacred kings; his wings were symbolical of a celestial nature, rather than speed.
J ane Harrison has pointed out Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion that Medusa was once the goddess herself, hiding behind a prophylactic Gorgon mask: a hideous face intended to warn the profane against trespassing on her Mysteries. Perseus beheads Medusa: that is, the Hellenes overran the goddesss chief shrines, stripped her priestesses of their Gorgon masks, and took possession of the sacred horsesan early representation of the goddess with a Gorgons head and a mares body has been found in Boeotia.
Bellerophon, Perseuss double, kills the Lycian Chimaera: that is, the Hellenes annulled the ancient Medusan calendar, and replaced it with another.
Again, Apollos destruction of the Python at Delphi seems to record the Achaeans capture of the Cretan Earth-goddesss shrine; so does his attempted rape of Daphne, whom Hera thereupon metamorphosed into a laurel. This myth has been quoted by Freudian psychologists as symbolizing a girls instinctive horror of the sexual act; yet Daphne was anything but a frightened virgin.
Her name is a contraction of Daphoene, the bloody one, the goddess in orgiastic mood, whose priestesses, the Maenads, chewed laurel-leaves as an intoxicant and periodically rushed out at the full moon, assaulted unwary travellers, and tore children or young animals in pieces; laurel contains cyanide of potassium.
These Maenad colleges were suppressed by the Hellenes, and only the laurel grove testified to Daphoenes former occupancy of the shrines: the chewing of laurel by anyone except the prophetic Pythian Priestess, whom Apollo retained in his service at Delphi, was tabooed in Greece until Roman times. The Hellenic invasions of the early second millennium BC, usually called the Aeolian and Ionian, seem to have been less destructive than the Achaean and Dorian ones, which they preceded.
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