Chris Knight zum Übergang vom Matriarchat zum Patriarchat
Posted by entdinglichung - 20. April 2012
“Take, for example, St George and the dragon. Our hero is credited with establishing the social order as we know it: by slaying the dragon, George renders the world safe for marriage and the family. In my book, ‘Blood relations’, I showed how the awe-inspiring motif of the dragon – known across Aboriginal Australia as the Rainbow Snake – is, in fact, a coded reference to the logic of clan solidarity. Since this is uncompromisingly collectivist, it makes sense to depict it with multiple heads. Any ambitious young man hoping to marry into royalty should mount his horse, raise his sword, hunt down his chosen bride’s brothers and sisters – the blood kin who had previously protected her – and cut off their heads. Three, seven, a hundred – all must go.
The target in all this is womankind’s original freedom and autonomy, demonised – naturally enough – as her captor and violator. The myths come down especially heavily on any hint of matrilineal kinship – the kind in which rights in children and property are inherited through the female line. The patriarchal hero’s sacred mission is to privatise his bride. The ‘many-headed monster’ – the basis of what Marx and Engels termed ‘primitive communism’ – must be slain.”