An article by Sha'Tara, local writer and friend.
The Mythic Soul People
[thoughts from ~burning woman~ by Sha'Tara]
The question on my mind these days: what makes a people?
Why do some people, some "nations" as they are called, survive through
millennia of conquest and Diaspora, genocide, enslavement? Why do others,
despite developing an amazingly rich and varied civilization; despite
unchecked success in territorial expansion and conquest, suddenly disappear
as if they never were? What is it that makes or breaks the bond or link
that is called "the people?" Powerful central government? Military
superiority? Common language? Common religious belief in a common God?
Financial hegemony? Race? No, none of that.
What makes a people is its Myth.
A people creates its mythology over millennia and it is from this mythology;
from these stories, that the mind takes its directive to bond the people of
the Myth. It could be said that a people, a true nation, is a mythic
entity, not a parcel of land on some world delineated by borders. To be a
part of a people, you must belong and to belong, you must carry the people's
myth within your mind and your heart. You must be able to feel a personal
awareness, what I call remembrances, of who (not what) you come from.
In today's manufactured nations endlessly coming into conflict with one
another because of exponential population growth, I find this concept
fascinating. In it, I think, lies one of the major clues to regaining peace
on planet earth.
I envision all the ways Earthians have sought to bring peace among
themselves and how abjectly they have all failed. The most glaring failures
are those of movements based on divinities that claimed peace as one of
their primary attributes: Jesus and Allah in the forefront. With their
billions of emotionally sincere adherents spread world-wide, how can we be
experiencing so much war among these people today? There's a serious
contradiction at work here and it must be addressed by all people, not by
those who say, "peace, peace" when what they mean is, "unless you believe
what I believe you remain my enemy, someone to fear, someone to put down."
It is of great interest to me that invariably the conquerors of nations
would attempt to stamp out the local beliefs, the myths of the people, to
impose their own brand of belief on them by force, persecution and even
torture or genocide. The Greeks and Romans were notorious for this. Then
came Christianity and later Islam. In modern times we've seen the savagery
of conquering capitalism, then communism and Nazism. All of these were
(are) conquerors, not mythically bonded groups. Hence why they always
needed armies to conquer and to enslave. Remember how desperately the Nazis
attempted to create their own myth to validate and justify their crimes
against the people of Europe? They were simply following the pattern of the
British Raj in India and long before, the Roman empire. They had no
justification because they came strictly to exploit and without the myth,
their invasions invariably turned to oppression because the people rebelled
against being treated as slaves or second-class citizens in their own lands.
All of these great empires and forced movements failed or are failing
certainly, but for all that war is on-going and inevitable because to ensure
their gains they violated the old and quite flexible boundaries of mythic
groups by imposing artificial boundaries, many of which make no sense to the
people caught within. Every empire has perpetrated this outrage upon the
land and the people. Areas that have suffered the most from such recent
impositions are the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and India. These are
blatant examples, certainly not the only examples. We can look at North
America, Central America and South America as well, places where the
soul-people are all but destroyed, leaving a hopelessly impoverished
One question I have is, how long does it take for nature to create a mythic
people? How long before an artificial grouping, such as Canada and the USA,
for example, could develop a true national myth based on real events, and of
such import that they reshape the people within these invented worlds to
become an ethnicity of one heart?
A very long time. And not just time, but waves of recurring advances and
set-backs. Persecutions, wars, diasporas due to conquest or natural
cataclysms forcing migrations from which an entire people may never return
because their old lands either have disappeared or have been taken over by
more powerful squatters who then created their own "rights" to the abandoned
lands. We see this everywhere in history and more than ever today in the
growth of refugee camps and squatter "villages" around megalopolises.
Thus do the soul people endlessly recreate themselves wherever they
rediscover themselves, people such as the Irish, Scots and Welsh who moved
north as the land became free of ice; people like the Gypsies who were never
able to make a new country for themselves but remained wanderers throughout
Europe (and accordingly suffered greatly). And I can't even begin to feel
the trapped and twisted soul energy in lands like the Middle East, Pakistan
and Afghanistan, eastern Russia and north-western China because the
complexities of ethnic groupings in those areas are staggering.
For myself, the question is not moot. Though I was born in France and still
hold a valid French citizenship, I am not French. I am an ethnic Breton. A
Breton is a Celt. We are the Celts and I know this so deep within myself
that at times it hurts. I do not know my language, only the language of the
conqueror: French. It wasn't until the late fifties, so I heard, that my
people were allowed, under the French government, to have their own school
to teach their own language and ways to their children. By then, of course,
I was living in Canada and the concerns of my mythic nation were far from my
consciousness most of the time. But something is happening and "we" are
remembering the myth; the times of the druids: pre-Gallic, pre-Frankish,
pre-Roman, pre-Christian forced conversion conquests and subsequent violence
done; the rape of our mythic soul as an ethnic entity.
We always "remember" and that needs to be addressed if the people of earth
are to have any kind of decent future. That future can only arise when
peace is made with our various and varied distant mythic pasts. They are
movements as real as continental drift; as tectonic plate crush and split.
Our movements have been stopped by short-sighted ruling authorities who need
control for power, but they cannot be replaced by anything better. You can
institute all the world governments you like but that will only create more
conflict, not less.
I know this, that if (such a big word!) all ruling authorities, secular,
religious or financial would simply acknowledge the people soul within their
jurisdictions and allowed the individuals within the people soul to freely
cross their artificial boundaries to live their lives as the myth demands,
that such would go a long way towards bringing peace to this world. In
time, these power holders would likely remember their own soul connections;
their own ethnicity; and would understand what freedom really means.
Freedom is never "from," freedom is always "to."
Those who truly understand and hold to the people soul do not need to claim
a piece of land or a special place (unless it be for some sacred occasion)
for themselves on the planet. All they need is to feel safe from oppression
or exploitation at the hands of those who hold said government, religious or
financial power. We are fine where we are as long as we are not oppressed
for who we are, but we all need the freedom to move around, to reconnect
with our own soul-people and share our personal myth with the people myth.
Such myth can never truly recognize or accept national boundaries for our
myths are movements among Earthian people much like movements within those
famous Swiss watches. As long as we are bound within artificial prisons
called countries the earth will see more and more wars. Because our mythic
wheels are barred from turning, no one can tell the times. As a planetary
people, we are in limbo. We remain without a future because we are denying
our ethnic past.