Saturday, September 28, 2013

What ancient gods have had given us?

Life thoughts:

Just a thought: What ancient gods have had given us?

            Hi guys. So I had written this topic, but after I met few people, that were interested in this kind of stuff, they helped me rewrite some parts of it. Generally this topic, would ponder about the essence of human nature, because at the beginnings of time, humans weren´t overflood by information, so mainly what they said was crossovers of subjective thinking of theirs, that could change the next generations... or isn´t it vice versa ? Let´s have a brief look on pantheons of some ancient cultures:

Anthropological gods... or the Big Greece party SHAMONE:
           As you can see at first sigh, The ancient Greece, or the Hellens, had gods that were rulling over
one thing at the time. It could be a some atribute from the nature or of a individual, but things also got complex over time, so let´s start at the beginning. At first, the ancient greeks didn´t have a single male figure as a god. They worshipped their gods by hanging sacrifices on trees, which represented them. You know, every god was a symbol for something so they didn´t believe in them as something real but transcendental. For example, one of the real ancient god, was Artemis,the goddes of nature and hunting, so they hang bows on her tree (I cannot remember which one was it) to please her, and give her favour to them. It is also believed that at the beggining of time, there was only one god, worshiped around the whole world known as Mother Nature. Single woman figure as a god. But times had changed and some woman figures developed masculine characterisitics, that over time transgendered them. 
             Keep in mind that they didn´t know about the world so well, so they were left on their own. So the whole pantheon can be taken as a generalized response of an indvidual to the world around them. They were aware of things what can do, so giving a nature atribute a human personality (which transforms into a body in every their allegory , later myth) is why they had gods like they had. They internal view was more like a free human being, which can choose what side of his can develop, and by then he can enter the hierarchy, which was created later. It was created because they realized that human being can have many sites, and by the style of life they had, it was necessary for them. Or as they thinked. The problems began when politics and economics got involved. Due to this point, the mythology was something like a personal development, but as everybody is a human, that lives in a society, the pantheon can not handle the hierarchy of society, because it could be destructive to it.
            Also it is true that they started to think that they can explain the whole world in this terms, but they weren´t aware of things that many scientist and philosophers had discovered later about subject itself, that is basically "we, the ones behind our eyes".
             It is known that Greek philosophy started from their mythology, many philosophers tried to find this breaking point, but at the end, they started to agreeing that it was just a continual spectrum that leaded to thinking. I think, the best view about how ancient Greeks understand their gods, was presented by Friedrich Nietszche. Basically he in his work The Birth of Tragedy based on his view on mythology of ancient greeks. He states that there are two principles (generally, not only in mythlogy of ancient Greece) which are Apollonian and DionysianApollo represents harmony, progress, clarity and logic, whereas Dionysus represents disorder, intoxication, emotion and ecstasy. They fight between each other in every (but not only) in human being, and thus making everything alive. Pretty much explanation why there is hierarchy in their mythology.

The "X-men" from Egypt
               So as you can "feel" from the previous part, the geographical mentality is a huge deal, even this day. Ancient Egyptians that lived on the sand and only water was mainly form the Nile, created pantheon at first that resemble to their needs, as in other politics. But here, the gods are something like archetypes of each person that can be. That´s why some of them had heads of animal, because their body was a symbol of what they represented, but with a huge difference, because their body also described the mythos, axiology and ethics behind them.
                 But throghout time, they changed their things about them, so we can say that the thinking, and they, as a symbol, developed. That´s the reason why "The Great Nine" and the "The Great Eight" should be understand differently and should be not put together as a comparison by any means. Yes, they have some same gods in them, but they aren´t what they were before. This concept was taken by Greece and mixed up to their mythology, and because of trade, politics and economy, they were even created "mutants" that could be used for diplomacy. Everybody agrees taht Greek mythology was a ground for European philosophy, but at the end, Egyptians also have their part in it. Even the father of philosophy in Europe, Thales, and many others, firstly studied in the Libraries of Alexandria, before they started to preach. Lastly, it can make you an impresion, that Egyptians loved to stereotype, but they tried to develop every side of a character of a person 100% focusing on it, and not looking on anything else. That leaded to gods, that ended up as a "point of view" on the world.

The Irish Garden
                    Comparing greek mythology with the irish one is like an allegory for diversification in
evolution. They both started with tree worshiping, but greeks instead, used trees as first altars for their gods. Irish were people of nature, andeven though they had their god figures, they show respect to nature in general. They set up their panteons with basics they respect, and then developed them. Every important happening in their mythology has something to do with trees. While in greece, trees later became just an atribute, the irish understanding in trees survived and even made into the Churches of northen countries by little. The trees have their significance also in other northern countries, like in Nordsmen, but Irish have the most tree-centered mythology the whole time. They had even hierarchy for them. The basics they settled for their pantheon was based on the life of individual, the tool he most used, so it wasn´t somethin trascendental and generalized like in others mythologies. I really recomend the book from Fred Hageneder, Ghost of trees. 

                    Lastly, for example, chinese mythology should by understand by heart not brain. They

live in a dangerous place, so they reflect on things that by them truly matter. It can give you snese of logic, but the best understanding can be achieved by heart and kindness. What is point of all of this? It´s not about the gods, or if they are good and bad, but it´s about thinking f early humans and their understanding. We often tell something to people, but it´s a mix of our opinion, mental state in the time, and also facts, so our conversations on daily basis are not pure, which makes a new insight on the paradox of liar. So gods give us thins that we have in ourselves all the time. No wonder that Hinu tale of great wisdom and ultimate true states, that it is hidden in us. But who wants to carefully dig into themself, while not destructing the empire of oursleves?

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