Our ancestors live on in us. We know this through the science that traces our journey some 50,000 years from darkest Africa to the world of today. We know that our brain, our heart and our body are much the same as those of human beings 150,000 years ago. Can it then be that we have deep commonality in many of our experiences? How long have we as human beings understood the world around us? Are our myths, beliefs, traditions and rituals rooted in the past? Is this a common thread..the perennial philosophy?
The Christ season is upon us! The light of the world returns in what we now call the Solstice. Understanding the return of light during this Advent season today is a far cry from our ancestors who feared the sun would not return and death would be imminent.
The Sun, with its life-giving force, was personified from the earliest times as the unseen creator, the light of the world, the savior of humankind. There is a long and rich her/history of the relationship between the Sun and December 21-25;, a time when the actual Solstice can be determined as the shortest daylight hours in the year. Only then can the light, the life-giving force return. Imagine then the fear as primitive man’s understanding only knew that their source of life, the Sun, was going away. Would it return?
Through hieroglyphics, we now know about a solar messiah and the myths evolving from the movement of the sun across the sky. One of the most ancient enduring Egyptian gods, became incredibly important as his role evolved over time. He wore a solar disk to show his representation of the creator -the Sun God. According to the myth rooted in oral tradition Horus, born around 3000 BCE on December 25, of the virgin, Isis, possessed human traits and emotions.(anthropomorphism). though under different names: Attis of Phrygia, born of the virgin Nanan.* Krishua of India, born of the virgin Devaki,* Dionysus of Greece also known as Bacchus of Rome, born of a virgin* Mithra of Persia, born of a virgin are a few of the many gods known to humankind as embodiment of the sacred.
and know that we are here in this NOW time with all its chaos, and conflicts because an ancient people, striving to understand who we are ,nurtured the search through all these generations.