Dallas, Texas moved a Robert E. Lee statue which got a bunch of people peeved. Mostly about heritage, in this case, Virginia’s. I love history, even the crappy parts, so I can get the ire. Lee is a Confederate general who, out of loyalty to a friend, fought in the American Civil War.
Many of the statures were a reaction to the Civil Rights Era(1950-63), erected as middle fingers to civil rights activists. Some of them are of members of terrorist groups like the KuKluxKlan. Some of the statues are of people who specifically did not want statues because they knew it would cause exactly what’s going on now. Robert E. Lee is a good example of this. Apparently forgetting that part of history is okay.
So is forgetting the people that contributed bettering our country and world. Some of those people actually came from Texas, unlike Lee. They can erect a statue of people like Alicia Dickerson Montemayor or Morris Knight.
The strife over these statues bring awareness of this. It doesn’t have to be a bad thing but it an inspiring thing. It can inspire us to memorialize those who have suffered from our mistakes. We can acknowledge those outside of warfare who have contributed. We can visit museums more often and insist history books accurately portray history according to archaeological evidence.
This painting by Ubaldo Gandalfi has to be one of my favorite images of Hermes. I feel that it captures his personality as I see it.
It depicts Hermes (as Mercury) about to kill Argus. This was to free Io, who was turned into a cow by Zeus or Hera(the cow near the foot close to the edge). She was one of Zeus’ lovers and former priestess of Hera.
I suck at motivation. I haven’t been sitting around though.
Starting June and ending in the beginning of July I was on my first archaeological dig in Jamestown NY. It was an internship with Dr Tom Greer Through Jamestown Community College. It was at the Fenton History Center and is called the Walnut Grove Archaeology Project.
The goal of the project is to find information on the Fenton family’s, who built the mansion, daily life. Since Reuben Fenton, the head of the household, was gone doing things like being governor, senator, Representative, town supervisor, ect, we are mostly learning about his wife, Elizabeth, 4 children, servants and the people who came after them.
When I got to the Center they had unearthed a footer of an add-on who’s purpose was unknown. By the second day we found a well no one knew about. After a while we moved to the carriage house and began excavation. Before my internship was up we found a small feature and an underground electric line. Not sure what was found after had to leave. (couldn’t afford gas money of bus fare)
“Everyone knows that Loki is the bringer of discord, that his followers are all damaged people who disrupt the community”
You know, as we grow up, we all hear and accept certain truths from our community, and that is fine. What is not fine is when we never question how far the “truth” we accept differs from the experiences we have, and the people we actually know.
“We are our deeds”
This is another of those truths we all accept, and if this latter one is true, then I am the bearer of bad news, the harbinger of woeful tidings. Loki’s kids have earned an esteem far higher in our eyes by their deeds than we have ever allowed them, and we are DEEPLY shamed by our conduct towards them in return.
I have heard “Loki killed Baldur” as the trump card about as often as “Jews killed Jesus” and…
I am Heathen, which honestly is not the same as pagan. I am a hard polytheist who understands the gods and goddesses, however imperfectly we understand them, are discrete knowable entities with a nature that springs not from our need, but from their essence. The gods that I have built a relationship with are the gods of my northern European ancestors; those familiar to the Scandinavian or German, rather than the Celt, Frank, Latin, or Pict that is also in my lineage. We build relationships with them through the gifting cycle because of our need, but I do not honestly think they are born from it, anymore than I think Oxygen is released by plants because we need to breathe it. We need much from them, and I would suggest from the length of the reciprocal gifting relationships we have built between our folk and our gods and goddesses, that…
Euro-centrism, Afrocentrism, Ethnocentrism, it’s all BS
Ethnocentrism limits us as a species. What is it? It’d judging your own country or culture better than everyone elses. It is somewhat a natural thing, it has a hormonal reward just like all other methods people use to make them feel better or justify being jerks. Being American I mainly come across American Exceptionalism, Eurocentrism, ans Afrocentrism.
American Exceptionalism Is basically the US saying it’s the best country in the world. That American does no wrong. The problem is that is, obviously that’s not the case. What with the infant mortality rate, shady dealing that were probably mostly unnecessary, ect.
I grew up with Euro-centrism in school. We learned of Europe and the exploits of white Americans. Slavery was barely touched of despite helping build the country. The Native Americans were barley mentioned outside attacking settlers. We didn’t learn what instigated these attacks, we didn’t learn that no side was innocent of atrocities. The Tail of Tears was barely touched on. The “schools” weren’t touched on at all. We didn’t learn of the atrocities directed toward the mentally ill or the Japanese interment camp. The American revolution was simplifies to make America look good. The list goes on.
In other parts of the world we learned a little about Islam and less about how middle Eastern scholars contributed to the world. We barely touched on China aside from it’s old and big. Less on India, SE Asia, Australia, or Japan.
Once I got online I found out about Afrocentrism. Apparently this in mostly an American thing that is a response to discrimination as opposed the arrogance. It’s based on mostly 19th century writings now its mostly Molefi Asante . For some reason it appears to be focused on Ancient Egypt/Khemet.
Like Eurocentrism, Afrocentrism misrepresents history. Both theories seem to focus on Egypt to the point of ignoring evidence elsewhere. For example, it’s been confirmed that was a civilization that existed called Nok somewhere around Nigeria. Also the civilization that made the pottery in Ghana which shows evidence of trade relations in both Europe and Asia. As Afrocentrism says Egypt was “Black African”, Eurocentrism says that Egypt was Nordic. Evidence based on science says Egypt was/is mixed. Focus on Egypt also discounts archaeological evidence showing it as a mixed civilization. Humans have never lived in a bubble.
Also, like Eurocentrism, Afrocentrism minimizes the accomplishments of others. For example the Olmec people, best known for carving giant heads. Many look stereo-typically African but no one knows their heritage. There are legends of pale skinned people that get Eurocentric people riled up. The previously mentioned Ghanaian civilization was hushed up because archaeologists of the time couldn’t see black Africans doing what the evidence suggested. (This mindset is part of the reason there is Afrocentrism to begin with, a response to getting hidden.)
I understand why Ethnocentrism exists. It make people feel good no matter the reasons for it, like trying to empower people otherwise brushed under a rug.(Afrocentrism). Or trying to justify behavior(Euro and Sinocenrtism, Nazism). In the end I believe no one people is better than the other and history needs to based on science, always changing to suit the evidence. No matter were our ancestors came from or how often idiots try to suppress the truth, we all have a lot in common and we can learn from each other.