Thursday, June 27, 2013
Sexuality played the central role in virtually all creation stories
“Before the appearance of the Old Testament, sexuality played the central role in virtually all creation stories. Tiamat and Apsu, Uranus and Gaia, El and Asherah all coupled. Even the Egyptian god Atom masturbated in order to create the world. But Yahweh went about His act of creation with no mention as to how He did it. No kneading of raw material, no conjoining of sexes: it was a creatio ex nihilo – a creation from nothing.
All the words and metaphors associated with creation—conception, gestation, ingenuity, labor, prolific, seminal, prodigious, genesis, genius, profligate, and productive—evoke sexuality or a woman giving birth, but Yahweh replaces sexuality with an act of will encoded in words. The very first lines of the very first lesson of this revolutionary religion, when Yahweh commands, ”Let there be…” concern the overarching importance of logos.”
~Leonard Shlain, The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image
Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes