posted on Nov, 14 2012 @ 08:46 AM
reply to post by itsallmaya
The fertility "mother" goddess was traditionally replaced by the paternal "sun" or sky God as mankind moved into cities and agricultural life with its
female centered mythology took a second place in the pantheons of any culture that made the transition into more complex societies. This also marked
the birth of the priesthood who like the politics and structure of daily life were specialized avenues to power like the soldier to the army, the tax
collector to the government and the leader to his people. Before access was instant and personal by the proximity of nature and so the goddess.
In these transitions we see reflected a tendency for role reversal of the life giving "fertility Goddess" and the offspring. One of many examples is
the tale of Mardok. He kills his great great grandmother (Tiamat), and slays an evil enemy of her creation. He then takes her dismembered body like in
many myths across the globe and becomes the creator of all, using her broken body to make all of creation.
This is a recurring theme in earths mythology.
IMO, Buddhism is a rebirth of ancient knowledge in response to the trend of mankind searching for greater civilization which required more male
centered roles in everything from the family unit to governance. This consequently led to misbalance with our inherent nature and that which we
strived to achieve. Buddhism could be understood as a quest for balance. Paternal centered mythologies tried to justify the role of the father god to
all other deities, like the ruler to the people, or the father to the family.
Alternatively, the mother was always the source of all life in the past and her role was more important to all cultures, so these cultures tended to
reflect that in their ideas of "god". The transition made her into an evil monster and creator of evil (conflict). This was an old VS new conflict
overcome by the destruction of old institutions and customs and from their reorganization ( the dismembered god mythos) was the new civilized world
made. In any cultures mythology this conflict was overcome by the victor male God and his pantheon which he was the father or single ruler.
as far as I have understood it anyways.
edit on 14-11-2012 by zedVSzardoz because: (no reason given)