Indo-European Males Invade “Old Europe”
In today’s world, I hear the word “myth” despised and the word “science” venerated.
In recent post 164, we saw Marija Gimbutas strongly supporting a myth about a prehistoric worship of a “Mother Goddess” built upon cold stone artefacts found throughout Eurasia. We also saw her present her theory about causality of the collapse of the mother goddess worshipping “Old Europe,” which she hypothesized was overrun by horsemen from the Steppes. She didn’t present factual data supporting her theory of mother-goddess-worship, but she certainly did present us with a wealth of statuettes and iconography clearly showing that Eurasian ancients very much saw the importance of, and perhaps venerated, the role of women in perpetuating mankind. Gimbutas’ knowledge about Eurasian Steppes horsemen was based upon a separate and deep insight into the Kurgan, mostly Yamna, culture which provided the horsemen which over-ran ancient Europe. Gimbutas’ supported a myth of “the Mother Goddess” from artefacts, while creating an hypothesis about an ancient invasion from a wealth of excavated facts from the Steppes and Eastern Europe.
I offered Marija Gimbutas as an originator of (or contributor to) a myth about the Mother Goddess by stretching the widespread presence of naked female facsimiles into proof of the worship of a sovereign female deity—rather than ancient mankind’s veneration of the indispensable fertility needed to perpetuate mankind by birthing children. I grant that it is a fine point, but when compared with her proposition that ancient Europe was overrun by horsemen from the Steppes, in her Kurgan proposition, she was extrapolating from a much firmer set of data.
The following two videos are meant to encourage you to think that “myth” should not be despised over “science,” but in fact that the two are extremely valuable to all of us—but must not be confused with each other. Marija Gimbutas is remembered for her created myth about the “Mother Goddess”—a highly charged modern myth—and her now-ascendant proposition about how the Proto-Indo-European language entered Europe and led to virtually all European countries now speaking Indo-European languages.
The first video is a dramatization of a conversation about the importance of myth between C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien which C. S. Lewis later credited with changing his life.
The second video is a new presentation at the Oriental Institute by Lord Colin Renfrew wherein he reconfirms his earlier concession that DNA studies have verified that the Indo European languages entered Europe from the Steppes (Gimbutas’ proposition) and not from Anatolia (Renfrew’s proposition).
Here is the dramatized video (Lewis the younger guy, Tolkien the older) on the value of myth.
Here is the video on the value of science.
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R. E. J. Burke