Masculine Hunting Tribes

   In the hunt the food is brought in by the males at great risk.  Before 1500 B.C. they didn’t even have bows and arrows; they had to go charging these enormous animals – woolly rhinoceroses, mammoths, and so on.  In hunting tribes, then, there is a masculine accent on action, on courage, on celebration of the individual who had the ability to bring the food in.   G2

   In general, then, where you have the hunt accent you have a male-oriented mythology, and where you have the plant accent you have the female orientation.   G2

   Now, the earlier type of society is of course that of the ranging hunters.  The earliest examples we have of their masculine-oriented mythology comes from the art of the old Aurignacian caves, dating to about 40,000 B.C.  And the earliest theme of art that we know is that of the naked Goddess figurines that are known as the Paleolithic Venuses. 

   When the Semites moved in as conquerors, then, they dislodged deities to make way for their own, and the Hebrews are the most extreme in turning against the Goddess, who represents the powers of the Earth.  In the Old Testament, the local goddesses of Canaan are called the Abomination, and this hangs on in our Christian tradition.  G 16

In these hunting societies the principal flattery goes to the male because it does make a difference if a chap is a good shot or not, and it does make a difference whether he can slay the enemy, which is normally ruthless animals at this time, but also members of neighboring tribes who are hunting the same herds that his little group is hunting.  So everything is done to flatter the male psyche.  G4