Sunday, August 16, 2015

The pendulum

The Catholic Inquisition published the book that arguably could be called the most blood-soaked publication in human history. Malleus Maleficarum — or The Witches' Hammer — indoctrinated the world to “the dangers of freethinking women” and instructed the clergy how to locate, torture and destroy them. 

Those deemed “witches” by the Church included all female scholars, priestesses, gypsies, mystics, nature lovers, herb gatherers and any woman “suspiciously attuned to the natural world.” Midwives were killed for their heretical practice of using medical knowledge to ease the pain of childbirth — a suffering, the Church claimed, that was God’s rightful punishment for Eve’s partaking of the Apple of Knowledge, this giving birth to the idea of Original Sin. 

During three hundred years of witch hunts, the Church burned at the stake an astounding five million women.

The propaganda and bloodshed had worked. Today's world was living proof.

Women, once celebrated as the essential half of spiritual enlightenment, had been banned from the temples of the world. There were no female Orthodox rabbis, Catholic priests, nor Islamic clerics.  The once hallowed act of Hieros Gamos — the natural sexual union between man and woman through which each became spiritually whole — had been recast as a shameful act. [...]

The days of the goddess were over. The pendulum had swung. 

Mother Earth had become a man's world, and the gods of destruction and war were taking their toll. The male ego had spent two millennia running unchecked by its female counterpart.

The Priory of Sion believed that it was this obliteration of the sacred feminine in modern life that had caused what the Hopi Native Americans called koyanisquatsi — "life out of balance" — an unstable situation marked by testosterone-fuelled wars, a plethora of misogynistic societies and a growing disrespect for Mother Earth.

Dan Brown
The Da Vinci Code

What this is all about.

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