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Earth Mother Worship

#1  Postby benoitbalzac » Mar 30, 2014 11:49 pm

I'm trying to understand the psychology behind people who don't believe in god, who uphold science, but still believe that Gaia or Mother Earth is a deity to be worshipped. Is there already a thread for this?
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Re: Earth Mother Worship

#2  Postby Calilasseia » Mar 31, 2014 12:06 am

Wouldn't say I fall into this category by any stretch of the imagination, but one aspect of this I can understand, centres upon the fact that seeing pretty young things getting their kit off in the woods is a damn sight more fun than any church. :mrgreen:
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#3  Postby pelfdaddy » Mar 31, 2014 12:49 am

My girlfriend leans toward Pantheism. If I ever became a believer of any kind, I would probably join her on that turf. Not happening soon.

Even though she has yet to convince me of the existence of a life force a la Star Wars, I have to say that when her clothes drop to the floor, a feeling comes over me that is very near to worship.
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#4  Postby chairman bill » Mar 31, 2014 10:05 am

benoitbalzac, there are those who treat the idea of a Mother Earth in a purely aesthetic manner, rather than anthropomorphising in any way. The pantheist idea of deity is quite distinct from most conceptualisations of god(s), where such beings are separate entities, with individual identities & personalities. The pantheist idea is more of the kind, the cosmos is everything there is, and if anything deserves the label 'god', it's that. And of course, everything that is, includes us, and that as conscious beings, we are (in part) the cosmos made conscious of itself. It's no 'god out there somewhere', more a case of everything is 'god' (though that's not a word much used by pantheists).

As for worship, I don't see much of that from pantheists, but I do see plenty of reverence, awe & wonder at the cosmos, and that is given voice in a variety of ways. 'God' is more a cipher for a way of choosing to relate to the cosmos. Gods are seen as eternal, all-powerful beings. Pantheism asserts that the only eternal, all-powerful thing is the cosmos, and so if anything is god-like, it's the cosmos and nothing else. That's not supernaturalism, more a naturalism with an aesthetic concern for nature & our place within it.
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Re: Earth Mother Worship

#5  Postby Clive Durdle » Mar 31, 2014 7:05 pm

Bolivia!

The Political Constitution of Plurinational State of Bolivia characterizes Bolivia as a unitary plurinational, and secular (rather than a Catholic, as before) state, formally known as the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

This Constitution determines a mixed economy: State, private, cooperative and communal ownership, but restricts private land ownership to a maximum of 5,000 hectares (12,400 acres).

The Political Constitution of 2009 recognizes two more kinds of autonomies: Indians and regional to adjoin to local and departmental autonomies, making four kinds of autonomies.

It makes of electoral authorities the fourth constitutional organ of public power; introduces recall elections for all elected officials.

The judiciary is reformed, and judges are elected and no longer appointed by the Plurinational Assembly.

It declares natural resources to be the exclusive dominion of the Bolivian people, administered by the state.

Sucre city is acknowledged as Bolivia's capital, but the institutions will remain where they are now (executive, legislative and electoral organs of public power are in La Paz, judiciary in Sucre). The electoral authorities will be situated in Sucre in an uncertain future.

Text of Political Constitution of Bolivia

POLITICAL CONSTITUTION OF PLURINATIONAL STATE OF BOLIVIA

February 7, 2009


PREAMBLE

In immemorial times mountains were raised,moved rivers, lakes were formed. Our Amazon, our flatlands, our highlands and our plains and valleys were covered with flowers and greeneries. We populate this sacred Mother Earth with different faces, since then we understood the existing plurality of all things and our diversity as beings and cultures. So we formed our peoples, and never understood racism until we suffer from the fateful days of the colony.

The Bolivian people, of plural composition, from the depth of the story, inspired by the struggles of the past, in the indigenous anti-colonial uprising, in independence, in the popular struggles of liberation, in indigenous, social and Trade Union marches, and wars of water in October, in the struggles for land and territory, and with the memory of our martyrs, We build a new State.

A State based on respect and egalitarianism between all, with principles of sovereignty, dignity, complementarity, solidarity, harmony and equality in the distribution and redistribution of the social product, where dominate the search for well-living; with respect to the economic, social, legal, political and cultural plurality of the inhabitants of this land; in collective living with access to water, work, education, health and housing for all.

We leave in the past colonial [1], Republican and neo-liberal State. We assume the historic challenge to collectively build the Social Unitary State of Communitary Plurinational Law, which integrates and articulates the purposes of moving towards a democratic and productive Bolivia, carrier and inspiring peace, compromised with the integral development and the self-determination of peoples.

Us, women and men, through the Constituent Assembly and with people’s original power, express our commitment with the unity and integrity of the country.

Fulfilling the mandate of our peoples, with strength of our Pachamama and thank God we re-found Bolivia.

Honour and glory to the martyrs of the liberating and constituent feat, who have made possible this new history.

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Re: Earth Mother Worship

#6  Postby Clive Durdle » Mar 31, 2014 7:14 pm

Pachamama is a goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes. She is also known as the earth/time mother. [1] In Inca mythology, Mama Pacha or Pachamama is a fertility goddess who presides over planting and harvesting. She causes earthquakes and is typically in the form of a dragon. She is also an ever present and independent deity who has her own self-sufficient and creative power to sustain life on this earth. [2] Pachamama is the wife of Pachakamac and her sons are Inti, the sun god, and Killa, the moon goddess.[3] In Quechua cosmology, these are the four organizing principles of nature based on water, earth, sun, and moon.[4] Llamas as well as burned, elaborate miniature garments are sacrificed to her.[5] After the conquest by Spain, which forced conversion to Roman Catholicism, the figure of the Virgin Mary became united with that of the Pachamama for many of the indigenous people. [6] In pre-Hispanic literature, Pachamama is seen as a cruel goddess eager to collect her sacrifices. As Peru began to form into a nation, however, Pachamama began to be–and to this day is–perceived as being benevolent and giving. [7] She is also seen as nature itself. Thus, problems arise when people take too much from nature because they are taking too much from Pachamama.[8]


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