It is FRIDAY – Devi’s Day ! Or, if we are are approaching things from the Germanic perspective … Frigg’s Day. But, then, I repeat myself.
And, with that in mind – here is a most insightful comment from one of our men about this ongoing situation we seem to encounter of brazen insistence against all evidence to the contrary about the Indo-Europeans purportedly lacking a strong Goddess belief, picking it all up from non-Indo-European cultures, etc.
Jai Mata DI !
O. Rapace: “There is little to be added to what Arya Akasha said but what should be perhaps mentioned is the astounding level of ignorance that is involved in this whole “patriarchal Indo-Europeans wiped out the Mother Goddess cults of the Mediterranean and Middle East” (and Old Europe and India and… wherever they went, basically) narrative.
In order to run with this narrative, you have to ignore that throughout the Indo-European world (like… from the Pillars of Hercules to the Bay of Bengal) we find basically the variations of the same fundamental Devi theology (and mythology) going on. When we realize this, that narrative (promulgated, for various reasons, both by well meaning academics seeking to, well, fit into the dominant narrative, as well as various folks, incl. academics, with agendas… that, interestingly enough, otherwise put them into opposing camps – just consider, say, Evola on one side, and Gimbutas on other side) starts to crumble.
Just consider this – what is more likely truthful explanation for those deep level concordancies between various Indo-European myths of the Devi?
We know that Indo-Europeans conquered large areas inhabited by various, in many cases, mutually unrelated substrates. And yet, the Indo-European Goddesses and their mythologies are presented to us as coming from these substrates. That would really be incredible if that was the case, because we literally find almost identical stuff in Europe and in India.
The substrates concerned are actually not really related (not in any historically meaningful way, anyway), yet we are told that European IE got their “Goddesses stuff” from Old Europe and Indian IE got their “Goddesses stuff” from “dark-skinned aborigines of the Indian subcontinent”.
And yet, this “Goddesses stuff” that supposedly comes from such diverse and different substrates, is in fundamental ways quite coherently concordant… You would expect that at this point most people would probably stop and start wondering whether such deep coterminities between Indo-European Goddesses perhaps come from… well, proto-Indo-Europeans rather from various substrates with which conquering Indo-Europeans interacted.
This is not to say, as Arya Akasha noted as well, that there were no local substrate influences. IMHO we should expect that to be the case to some degree. The remarkable thing though is that these presumed influences actually did little to substantially modify the fundamentals of the IE Devi theology and mythology and possibly murk the aforementioned coterminities found throughout the Indo-European world. And of course, what in many cases is presented as “non-IE substrate influence” (starting with the actual notion of the Great Goddess Herself), is actually something that can be shown to be a fundamental feature shared by IE cultures that absorbed totally different substrates… so… yeah…
Long story short – the Great Goddess, Meter Theon, Supreme Power above All, is our ancestral, Indo-European Goddess, as are Her divine daughters (and divine sons… although the place and role of the male gods is not really contested by academics and IE enthusiasts and/or detractors).
Jai Mata Di!