In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of
Message to the Blackman;
“O ye who believe! Be steadfast in the cause of
Allah, bearing witness in equity; and let not a
people’s enmity incite you to act otherwise than
with justice,” says the Holy Qur-an. Be always
just; that is nearer righteousness. And fear Allah.
Surely Allah is aware of what you do.
Neolithic civilization of Europe
Excerpted from THE PRIMAL WOUND
By Larry Gambone
The Primal Wound: The Origins of Authoritarianism
and Mental Illness
The proof came in the 1980’s with the work of the
eminent archeologist Dr. Marija Gimbutas. What she
found was not matriarchy, but what the late
Terrance McKenna called a “partnership” society.
According to Gimbutas, a goddess-worshipping
partnership civilization existed in Turkey and
Eastern Europe 5,500 years ago thousands of years
before the white race was made, before Egypt and
Sumeria flourished. And “civilization” was an apt
term to describe these societies, for they were
urban, had solidly built houses, practiced trade,
used metals and had a form of writing.
While Dr. Gimbutas’ concept of a pan-European
Goddess Culture has been harshly criticized by
other archeologists, they support her evidence that
the Neolithic civilization of Europe was peaceful
and egalitarian. Dr. Gimbutas also discovered
archeological evidence the partnership
civilizations were conquered by a “dominator
culture”, nomad barbarians of the white race who
imposed their violent, authoritarian, world-hating,
misogynist, child-abusing ways upon Europe and all
the other places they overran. This act of conquest
and imposition I call the Primal Wound.
Proto agriculture has been found to be rooted in
the Paleolithic, the harvesting of grain of goes
back more than 20,000 years. Each year pushes back
the origins of true horticulture and agriculture.
These same people engaged in rudimentary forms of
writing, calendar and star map making. This is what
the cave dwellers found when they came out of the
caves; Mesolithic houses 30 m square of wood and
plaster, were found in Lepenski Vir, Danube. A
Paleolithic long house 30 meters long was unearthed
near the Don River, and a hectare of cobbled
pavements were discovered, indicating the existence
of a large village site in the Durgone in France.
Scholars have come to realize water craft capable
of making long distance, or even trans-oceanic
voyages, might go back 50,000 years. Some now
hypothesize the Americas were initially populated
by people following the ice floes in boats. Even
when the ocean level was at its lowest during the
Ice Ages, it still required a voyage out of sight
of land of more than 100 miles to cross over from
New Guinea to Australia. And Australia has been
inhabited for at least 50,000 years.
Humans have had the same brain structure for
200,000 years. This means Cro-Magnon man is no
different from modern man. It doesn’t take a genius
to realize if you spill some seeds on the ground
they will sprout into plants. The taming of dogs
seems to go back to the beginning of Homo sapiens
and it wouldn’t take a cave-dwelling Einstein to
figure out that maybe other animals could also be
domesticated. Paintings and drawings are symbols,
there is no reason other, simpler symbols would not
be created as a form of permanent communication.
If early humans did not farm or write, this was not
out of stupidity, but rather that they didn’t need
to. When the time arose, say due to population
pressures, or the extinction of large animals,
humans simply applied what they already knew.
The viewpoint of early humans as slack-jawed idiots is
ultimately rooted in 19th Century racism, the cult
of Progress and social Darwinism. This ideological
view is whatever develops earliest has to be
inferior and ‘primitive’. Early humanity was
equated with existing non-white ‘primitives’ who
were considered sub-human by these racists.
By 7000 BC a Neolithic civilization had arisen in
S.E. Europe and within a few hundred years spread
to Central Europe. This culture was brought to
Europe with the arrival of small, dark-haired
Mediterranean peoples from Asia Minor, and was
quickly adopted by the aboriginal (Cro-Magnon
descended) tall, large-bodied, Paleolithic hunter-
gatherer population cave dwellers. The newcomers
occupied areas unused by the hunter-gather
aboriginals, such as river valleys and loess
plains, and thus conflict was avoided. The
Paleolithic cave man survived in isolated pockets
on marginal lands unsuitable for horticulture or
pasturage until at least 3000 BC. When they emerged
from the caves. (6000 yrs. ago)
The two peoples interbred and future innovations
came through internal social evolution. Neolithic
Old Europe (hereafter OE) had well-built (timber,
stone or plaster) houses, villages based upon
farming, crafts such as weaving and pottery, and
long-distance trade. (Obsidian, marble, flint, sea
shell, salt, later on, copper). Interestingly
enough, OE Neolithic women wore tight, ankle-length
skirts, lots of jewelry, make-up and ankle-length
boots or moccasins. They even curled their hair! (I
saw a drawing of the 16 year old Danish Bog Girl
who died about 4000 years ago. I kid you not, she
was wearing a mini-skirt and a bare-midriff tee
shirt! Some things never change…)
The period, 5500-3500 BC, saw the development of
full size towns. One of these in the Ukraine, had
10,000 inhabitants living in twelve concentric
rings of houses. This Chalcolithic (Copper Culture)
had two-story, multi-roomed houses, potters wheels,
kilns, copper-mining-smelting and sailing ships.
The use of copper by Pre-Cucutenai (Ukraine) and
Vinca (Yugoslavia) cultures goes back to 3800 BC.
There were a number of large two-story structures.
These were temples with work shops on the first
floor. The temples were communal (perhaps clan-
based in the large towns) and were devoted to
goddesses. They were definitely not palaces for
kings. The workshops, both temple-connected and
non-temple, were devoted to pottery and weaving. It
appears from models found, that these pottery
factories were run and operated by women.
Most interesting of all, by 5300 BC at the latest,
the OE culture had a form of script, based in part
upon symbols that were already thousands of years
old. This was almost 2000 years before the alleged
inventors of writing, the Egyptians and Sumerians
began making signs on papyrus and clay tablets. OE
script remains undeciphered, as we have no idea
what language they spoke. In Western Europe, the
same sort of culture was responsible for building
the megaliths and passage graves.
The passage graves were communal in nature, each
belonging to a village or clan. There is no
evidence of a hierarchy of wealth in these graves.
Symbolic items are buried with the dead, not masses
of treasure. There is no evidence for a
hierarchical structure during the Megalithic period
of Old Europe. Megalithic Europe was marked by
monumental architecture, yet no individual displays
of wealth and power. Equal numbers of males and
females were interred. The most honored dead,
however, were the women elders. (Perhaps these were
the Clan Mothers and shamans.) The later
Chalcolithic culture had large cemeteries, but
little inequality in grave goods; beads, pendants
and little figurines only. Even during late pre-
historic Europe little inequality existed.
There does not appear to be economic inequality in
the villages either. The largest houses are no more
than 4 times greater than the smallest. Most large
structures appear to be communal. The way houses
were placed in some villages indicates extended
families lived together in clusters of houses.
House size may then indicate nuclear family size
and not differences in wealth. Many Northern OE
people also lived in communal long-houses like
Old European spirituality and philosophy evolved
directly from the beliefs of the Paleolithic
hunters who painted those marvelous cave paintings.
The central belief seems to have been that
everything is alive and therefore ought to be
respected. Paleolithic people saw themselves as
part of a larger whole or totality. All creatures,
all things, were part of the web of life and every
act, no matter how insignificant, had meaning. Life
and death were not polar opposites but part of a
continuum, since nothing, or at least a part, never
dies. The sacred was not demarcated, for existence
itself was deemed sacred.
It wasn’t enough to understand this intellectually,
people had to truly feel it, to experience it
directly. Some people have an innate ability to
contact the numinous. These men and women were the
shamans, who served as guides to the initiates.
Everyone could contact this unity through rituals
where the ingestion of psychedelic plants was
combined with dancing, chanting, drumming and
fasting. People did not fear death since they
directly experienced continuity.
With partnership cultures no separate evil cosmic
force exists. There is creation and there is
dissolution. There is dark and light, negative and
positive. However, this opposition is not real.
Both aspects are needed for such “opposition” to
exist. Both sides are ultimately part of one whole
existence. There is no sense of alienation or
duality. Nature/divine, man/woman are not split
from each other. It’s not difficult to understand
how such the beliefs and practices would sustain
mental health. For partnership society,
spirituality is not reduced to a rigid doctrine,
belief or theology, but is a way of life ,
integrated into daily existence. There is no
repression. If people fast or go without sex, it is
for a ritual purpose and not because enjoying food
or sex is supposedly sinful.
How do we know what our ancestors believed? Such
evidence in pre-literate cultures can only be based
upon artifacts coupled with a knowledge and
understanding of symbols, mythology and psychology.
Ancient Europeans (OE) appear to have some sort of
goddess or female-based symbolism. Hundreds of
female figures and symbols that relate to female or
goddess themes have been found in Paleolithic
settings. Some of these date far back. The Venus of
Laussel, has an ox horn in hand (goddess symbol)
and dates from circa 30,000 BC. Very few, if any,
male figures and male symbols have been discovered.
Combine this evidence with obvious shaman figures
in cave paintings and you have to conclude that
some sort of female-symbol using, shamanistic
belief system was involved.
THE KURGAN INVADERS FROM THE STEPPES
The Kurgan peoples were the descendants of the
Paleolithic hunters who lived on the plains near
the Ural Mountains in the Russian steppe. They
became nomadic herders of cattle and horses and
were dominated by a warrior caste. Kurgan society
was misogynist, hierarchical and warlike. They used
weapons unknown in Old Europe such as horse-draw
chariots and bronze swords. Kurgan villages were
fortified and on hill tops. Graves were almost
exclusively male and an elite was buried in
barbaric splendor with wealth and sacrificed slaves
and horses. Suttee was practiced, as well as human
sacrifice to their Sky God. Women were chattel and
polygamy was the norm for the warrior chieftains.
Europe was invaded in several waves, the first of
which about 4000 BC. temporarily destroyed the OE
culture of Hungary and Romania. The second invasion
circa 3500 BC, destroyed the Cucuteni Culture of
the Ukraine. (The people with the cities of
concentric circles) turning the area “into a pale
reflection of former times.” where “all the
settlements… suddenly ceased and disappeared.”
The Kurgan influence can be seen during the shift
from the Chalcolithic to the Bronze Age a period
marked by increasing use of defensive measures,
replacement of collective burial by individual
burial, and greater inequality of wealth.
Peasants everywhere tended to pursue their
traditional partnership beliefs and practices –
when the dominators weren’t looking. There was
always pressure to retain (or re-introduce)
communal land holding, local democracy, matrilineal
descent, sexual freedom and the female aspect of
the divine. We see this during the Middle Ages with
the immense popularity of the Cult of Mary, the so
-called witches, Maypole dancing, and the peasant
revolts to take back the land stolen from them by
the gangster “nobles.”
The destruction of the OE partnership culture and
its replacement by a dominator culture did not come
about through some sort of social evolution. Nor
was its decline a result of the dialectical
unfolding of contradictions within that society. It
was destroyed through conquest.
Partnership cultures, lacking rigid hierarchy and
authoritarianism, are mentally healthy. The
dominator whiteman culture’s, inequality and
violence gave rise to the neuroses and psychoses
generally associated with civilization. The
whiteman dominator culture splits humans from each
other and humanity from nature, giving rise to
alienation. Thus we are wounded, traumatized.
May the Grace of Allah sustain us and strengthen us
as we work for Him.
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