When I was younger, and I read books on mythology, or other classic tales, it often seemed to me that all this was like a huge mess. My interest was certain, but I constantly felt that these stories were read on the surface, and even analyzing the texts, I still missed something.
Possibly the key was known by some enlightened people, still in antiquity, and perhaps it has been erased by the centuries with dark age brought by Christianity in Europe. Maybe it had already disappeared among the Egyptians. Maybe it was kept secret? Maybe it was this lack of substance that allowed Christianity to settle in Europe, because paganism became (first in Southern Europe) a poor succession of stories.
I do not know. It is clear however that it is reflected everywhere. Today, defenders of paganism are often booed because of this lack of substance, and sometimes and because of that this philosophy looks like a primitive animism. I’m much better at doing abstract or concre puzzles, than to write, or even speak, but I wish to explain that key because I want that the pagan philosophy, which is in each of us, which is scattered throughout the northern hemisphere or where Neanderthals lived, is again understood and can revive.
It is here that must end all these writings and this is why they have been written.
You will understand how and why all European ancient myths (and many Asian or American), and the following stories are telling the same thing:
Little Red Riding Hood, The Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Beauty and the Beast, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, Pinocchio, the Little Match Girl, Tom Thumb, and many other…
The same for Perceval …
The same for celebrations whose importance is still very great today, like Christmas or Halloween.
The same for, in fact, all the European and Egyptian mythology.
And of course, as you’ll see, the myth of Atlantis, and the cult of the bull / cow, enroll themselves in the explanation given by the cult of the bear and can not exist without it.
The cult of the bear will explain the relationship the pagans had to trees, or other things like remnants such as labyrinth, dolmens and menhirs and of course the pyramids, it will also explain the rock paintings found in caves and their role, it will explain the crowns flowers, the sirens, the emergence of jewelry, or even the role of music, or the religious rosaries. It obviously will explain why you gave a teddy bear to your child, et caetera.
1. Why the Bear?
The cult of the bear may be totally unknown to you, yet it is still hidden in all our traditions. It was unearthed by some authors and prehistorians but its immense importance has never been measured. The Church has, since its arrival to Europe, applied itself to clear and transform or even simply assassinate the reputation of the main protagonist, if it did not physically exterminate them.
The cult of the bear, the animal of the Northern hemisphere, is undoubtedly the oldest known “religion”, the religion of the Neanderthal, or at least the young hybrid (min. from 80,000 years). The Wikipedia page devoted to the Bears in the culture will give you a brief introduction to what I will defend here (in french)
Since we are talking about the cult of the Bear, it seems useful that we stopp on the animal itself, to understand why it has special qualities that make it a unique animal.
a. An anthropomorphic animal
Its image has been transformed by the Church to make a rustic, stupid and greedy animal, and that is why we must look at it with news eyes. The demolition work began by the Church should not influence us.
The Bear represents many specific features. First of all, and not least, its body is very « human ». It lies down or sits in the same way. It knows how to hold and even walk on two legs, it acts so suspiciously similar to humans with its “hands” or long claws that frequently is used as fingers or tools, it plays with its cubs and even reprimand them in a incredibly similar way.
A shebear gives birth to one or two cubs, up to three, as humans, and she suckles them the same way, and cares for them very long for the animal kingdom (3 years). The cub at birth is incredibly immature, just like human babies and his cries recall those of the human baby.
Friendship between dogs and polar bear :
A bear rescues her cub:
The bear eats the same as us, and it is said also in this context that where the bear could live, the human being could live. Its taste for sweets is legendary, just like our (…). It has the same vision as us, that is to say, it sees colors, but has not a good night vision.
Its ears are similar to ours, its tail is almost non-existent and his feet are flat, its footprints are even, compared to many other animals, very similar to ours, especially when the claws are not visible.
Like us, it is an animal whose defense may be violent and fatal but which finally attack very little even for food. He knows how to hug in the same way as us, face to face with his arms.
The Bear is known to use tools in the measurement or “hands” permit. Far from being stupid, he knows how to open boxes, open tents, break into garages, etc..
As man, he likes caves and other rock shelters. As man to man, the greatest threat to the bear (outside man today) is … bear itself.
The Bear is known to use tools as long as its “hands” permit it. Far from being stupid, he knows how to open boxes, open tents, break into garages, etc..
As the human being, he likes caves and other rock shelters. As human to human, the greatest threat to the bear (outside the human being today) is … the bear itself.
Note that this “human” behavior were even more marked and obvious when humans themselves were closer to nature and were covered with skins …
If we can say without doubt that modern science is worshiping the resemblance to chimpanzees, yet totally alien to our culture, then we can understand that the ancient human beings identified themselves with the bear.
b. The extraordinary reproduction of the bear
In addition to these anthropomorphic characteristics, the bear has incredible natural ability. How the reproduction works is unique. The shebear mates with different males in the hot season. It is reported that the couplings are long and can even last up to 30 minutes. Of course, she only accepts the most robust and fighting males, as in the rest of the animal kingdom, are common. Following these couplings, the bear ovules are fertilized and the embryos are created, but their development is immediately stopped.
Following these couplings, the bear ovules are fertilized and the embryos are created, but their development is immediately stopped.
The shebear will start this development if she has become fat enough before winter, and she will develop the number of embryos which is suitable for her fat. Perhaps she may even keep embryos from one year to another. She is a kind of embryo freezer, she keeps the embryos from the warm season to the autumn in a unique state in the world, between life and death. The originality does not stop there, since it is believed that the shebear can “choose” which embryos it will decide to develop.
Pregnancy is starting again in November (during glacial periods probably earlier, as in polar bears: late October) and calving is in January / February (December / January), the output with cubs in the spring or just before.
Just after birth, the bear cubs vigorously licks the cubs that are very immature (like human babies), as to make them live (hence the French term “to be an unlicked bear”). It is traditionally done the same with human babies which do not cry at birth: they are massed vigorously on the back so that they expel the amniotic fluid and can breathe.
You probably understand slowly where I’m going …
This feature was undoubtedly already familiar with our most distant ancestors, who lived near bears, and had a deep knowledge of the world around them.
The scheme of life of the bear is so close to the one of human that he was probably his closest neighbor when he was picking herbs, berries and edible fruits, or finding and collecting honey, hunting or fishing, basking in the sun in summer or protecting themselves in winter. It is likely that the human beings in the Ice Age had almost the same technique as the bear to pass the winter quietly : they probably get fat in the hot season, and eat less in the winter, when it was less food.
It is even possible that our ancestors have had a breeding season even artificially programmed either physically determined with a seasonal anestrus (lack of ovulation) to prevent winter births and favor them in the spring as this is the case for many animals in the northern hemisphere. This anestrus gradually disappears with domestication, as we saw earlier.
c. Terrifying and maternal
The bear has an additional feature. It is both one of (or the most) terrifying animal, and sometimes the most cruel, but it is also the most protective and one of the sweetest.
It must be remembered that until about -10,000 (beginning of the warm period) lived in Europe different races of brown bears, but also the cave bear, the largest bear either. Greater than the polar bear, but also and even greater than the Kodiak bear (which is actually the largest of the modern bears, and the largest modern land predator), its size was absolutely amazing. Bears can run fast and kill a bison and if it wants to, it can kill you with one swipe, it has 10 cm long (for Kodiak Bears) claws, you will suffocate if he wants to hug you… And yet, this is a rather placid beast, eating mostly plants, and if you do not approach it and do not bother it, it will probably do not attack you. Indeed, except the polar bear, which is an exception, the bear did not see human beings as a prey.
It is reported only one death due to the Kodiak bear, the largest of all, and this bear was simply defending itself against a hunter. This bears always tend to avoid humans.
The male bear is known to be able to kill the cubs of a female if he is not the father. The bear is frightening even for the bear, and the female must be impeccable and very protective (but also aggressive) mother to avoid this type of accident.
So everywhere is illustrated this duality: the terrifying colossus, the ogre which eat children (…) and the big teddy bear.