posted on Jun, 10 2009 @ 01:09 AM
I think yes.
The monotheistic religions are all desert religions...the desert as a place of spirituality is...alien to me, personally, but it has certainly been
the beloved abode of hermits and mystics of every stripe for millenia. I traveled once through part of the Rub' al Khali, the deepest desert of Saudi
Arabia...one's voice and indeed every sound has a way of dying quickly in the deep desert, as if it was sucked into the sand. It took me a while to
realize: The sounds were different because there were no objects to create echoes. Even in a deep forest with no human structures, there are plenty of
trees and rocks to create echoes. In the deep desert, every sound merely vibrates until it expires. This has a profound effect on the
Or what of the cthonic jungles and lush, deep frond-lands of Africa and Southern India, from which more earthy religions emerged...Yourba, Tantra. The
strange winding histories of Serpent Worship.
And then there are the high, hard windswept planes of central Asia, home to generations of shamanic horsemen who beat their skin drums and called on
Father Sky, the eternal Tengri....The Native American tribesmen of the Great Plains were also shamanic, in often similar ways. Later, many of
the Central Asian religions took on a harder, steelier cast...the firery, vengeful chariot-man gods of the Hittites and Hurrians...the Aryan Agni, He
of Fire who perhaps subdued Northern India...how different these vengeful whirling sun male dieties were from the she-goddesses like Mother Kali,
garlanded with skulls, who emerged from the dark, wet forests.
And so on.
[edit on 6/10/09 by silent thunder]