Search for the Origins of the Great Mother and Her
Son/Lovers (Green Men)
In the beginning....was the Great
Mother. Excavations all over Eurasia have revealed countless idols of the Primordial
Mother. In Europe these findings range from Laussel (France), the Mother of the Hohle Fels
(Germany), Willendorf (Austria) to Dolni
Vestonice (Czechia) to as far as Mezin (Ukraine) and Mal'ta (Siberia). They all range from
40.000 to 15.000 years BCE.
How did the Primordial Mother connect to the Great Mother and Her Son/Lovers,
who emerged in the Bronze Age (3.000 BCE) in Europe? Until very recently there was a gap
between the two. It was assumed that in Europe everything "came from the Middle
East". In Europe itself there was "nothing". Thanks to the extensive
studies of Marija Gimbutas* this gap has been bridged. It appears that central and
southeastern Europe ("Old Europe") had similar developments compared to
Anatolia. Hence, there are many findings (a.o. "the Vinca culture": 6.500 BCE)
of the Great MotherGoddess and Her Gods. Before exploring it I decided to first
investigate the "old paths". So I went to Anatolia
* Marija Gimbutas "The Goddesses and
Gods of Old Europe", 1974, University of California Press * "The Living
Goddesses", 1999 ibid * "The Language of the Goddess", 1989 Thames &
Anatolia is a treasure house with a fascinating natural and cultural heritage.
In only three weeks I visited some eight different civilizations, varying from Neolithic,
Hittite, Phrygian, Lycean and Greek to Hellenistic, Roman and Christian, and twice as much
archeological places. Once you know where you are searching for the findings "are
presenting themselves to you". Links between artefacts - their relationship and
meaning - could thus easily be made. I am presenting the material not in a theoretical
framework, but in sequence of my journey e.g. transmitting to you the treasures as they
occurred to me "along the road". Right at the beginning I was granted a great
surprise: some Green Men in the Archeological Museum of Istanbul.
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