The following are some of the major myths concerning the Black Goddess, the civilizations where She was present and the women and men who honored
Her belief system. These myths have existed throughout history, once the great cultures of Anu were conquered and vanquished to a world of silence,
obscurity, poverty and servitude.
The Major Myths about the Black Goddess
1. The early periods of humanity were matriarchal and women dominated men. This is a myth and women did not dominate men's lives. Nor were men and boys exploited or misused in the same way women and girls are done in modern and recent religious societies. All societies (African/aboriginal) were not the same and so one brush stroke over 25,000 years or more of history is not feasible or possible. However, ancient Kushitic and Khemetic societ treated women with a high level of respect and deference. This is seen, by men not as inferiority of their gender but an extension of ancestral reverence. It can even be seen as chivalry. Men because of this developed an incredible level of morality and respect not only for women, but for all life. This cannot be said about modern society and its atitude towards everything rather women, children, native people or nature. These ancient men in matrilineal society have gone on to represent the very best in masculine achievement. And have come to be admired and mimicked by generations of people.
2. Goddess community represents promiscuity and sexual anarchy?
This is untrue. First of all it starts with a double standard and ends with a misconception. How can anyone say that patriarchal communities are less promiscous? All relations in ancient Kush (Old Ethiopia) were mutual. This was not only the social customs but the religion. This is why the divine twins are so important. In every sphere of society there is She and He. No human being forsaked basic human dignity in these communities. Women expressed a natural sexuality that was not hindered or modified by the sexual distortions and predatory activities of men in their own race. These ideas began as the
misconceptions and distorted desires (mental imbalances) of men outside a
particular culture. Sexual activity within the framework of religion, culture and community is a private matter and should stay that way. Whatever the intimate practices between women and men can be plainly viewed in their relations to Nature, Life and other cultures. The so-called attempts among Westerners to expose, reveal and comment on the sexual practices of native people is dishonorable, crude and completely outside the world-view of many African based communities. Their voyeurism in this context is not seen as degenerate or reflective of a troubled spiritual and cultural world-view.
3. Goddess culture lacks science and technology?
These societies were basically primitive with minimum development around critical and more scientific matters. I prefer to see them as more balanced. The examples of Kush and Kemet show us a world were both sides of the mind were incredibly developed. These ancient African cultures are remarkable because their scientific, creative and spiritual natures were highy cultivated. So much so that modern societies are unable to come close in matching their communal achievements. Here we have the scientific and analytical mind emmersed in the activites of the soul, the heart and the higher mind. No wonder people thought they lack science because their technology and critical systems were all around them, not in a university or a particular
book. Some modern intellectuals also fail to comment on other scientific
achievements like those found in communal happiness, respectful relations,
inner peace, harmony with nature and generosity. These are sciences too. When we say they do not have science, we are assuming that Western science is perfect without controversy, cultural bias or human atrocity. Ancient systems did not have science. They did not have religion. They had
something that included religion, science and philosophy in one completeworld-view.
4. Matrilineal culture represents our primordial past?
It is like the cradle of humanity which was governed by our projected perception of a Great Goddess. Divine Fatherhood represents the next level, the coming into the light, logic and orderly society. Not true! Ancient African society is not the first stage. How can it be the first stage when all the universe, history and life is a circle. Modern people are just catching up to the achievements of ancient people. They still lag behind many ancient civilizations in their communal cosmology and the general fair treatment of people. What will be first, will be the last and that is no more true then with the culture and
beliefs of the Black Goddess. She is seen in the very beginning of time and in the last days when time is consumed. She represents the aspirations, values and history of African women and all women of color on this planet. She is their GOD (self/soul). Women of color making up the majority of humanity. So the Goddess is not abstract and She is not some relic or primitive idol from the past. Ultimately, She figures deeply into the personal perceptions of dark women and men and how they view the world, their ancestors, the Creator and existence
5. What difference does it make if God is black or white, female or male? Obviously is makes a difference when we find many native people
worshipping European images of God. Obviously it makes a difference when
the whole culture of the Western world sees black as evil and white as good. This color dualism is rooted in Western ideas of the Creator. It is an important factor to many major religions in the world who are just now letting women into the pulpit, many of them still see women as priests as inaccurate or going against the true nature of the religion. If it didn't matter then women and men would be priest equally. And it must mean something to someone when after more then 25,000 years of honoring ethnic images of the Goddess and God, someone thought it necessary (recently) to change them from one color to another, from one sex to the other. Our perception of the Creator dictates how society, gender relations and governments are run. It is true today, as it was millions of years ago. Western culture with all its existential problems is a
reflection of its perceptions of God. Yes, the understanding of our Beloved is limitless and is perceived in everything and yes, every women and men have a right to their personal, intimate and even communal understanding of the Creator. Such a question truly exists outside the facts of history, colonization and slavery and really does not even comes near the truth that everyone is a reflection of the divine and every image is divine.
7. The Goddess is Evil. She represents that which is death,
destruction and chaos? When one surfs the Net, one will encounter a generous number of sites about a Black Goddess in the context of porn, vampires, sorcery, beastiality, torture and dominance. This is unfortunate and not the whole Truth. The Black Goddess is many things and I am referring to many belief systems at the same time. The central worldview in this discourse is Kush and Kemet. The Black Goddess is the Mother of Iaos (Christ), Auset, Buddha, Maat, Krishna, Tara, Sargon, Het Heru, Dionysus and many others. She is the Mother of the Priest, the Queen, the sister of the Pharoah, the daughter of the Mason, the Scribe, the Magi and the Astronomer. She is
happiness, compassion, generosity and wisdom. Within each belief
system, there are Goddesses who are good and some who are troublesome. Just like in Western culture, there is the ideal Black woman and their is one that you should avoid. Some may question these presumptions, but it points to the world-view and beliefs of a particular culture. Every group of enlightened Gods, have Mothers, Sisters, Daughters and Teachers who represent harmony, peace, goodness, brilliance and love. You see this in every belief and religion. Each one has its own lineage of divine women and teachers who compliment that system. They may also have a few who men and women are warned not to encourage too much. In Western culture, the confusion begins when we must believe that blackness and femaleness equates evil and chaos. This also affects not just our theological images but the way women of color are perceived and approached. Ancient cultures just saw energy and its usefulness and its relation to external color was quite comprehensive. So this is a myth that a divine woman of color equates evil and chaos. This myth, like so many others is not backed up by history, science, or religion.
In Conclusion: What is important to understand is that the legacy and theology of the Black Goddess ultimately resides in the hands of African people, particularly African women for She is mirrored in every black woman, every black girl. She is one of the mighty ancestors and Her Truth reflects the communal and individual reality (history) of Africa. People are welcome to speculate and theorize. The Truth and Power of Her existence comes from within. One can theorize and do whatever to try to control and dictate the destiny of native people, but She is the source of all culture and nothing exists without the black maternal experience, the black maternal presence.