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SAHARASIA: The 4000 BCE Origins of Child Abuse, Sex-Repression, Warfare and Social Violence, In the Deserts of the Old World Paperback – January 1, 2006
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Ancient humans were peaceful - modern violence is avoidable. That's the basic message contained in "Saharasia", a controversial "marriage of heresies" over 10 years in the making. It will change forever your way of looking at the world, your home culture, and current events. Saharasia constitutes a revolutionary new discovery on a geographic pattern to global human behavior as deeply embedded within the scientific literature of anthropology, history and archaeology. It covers issues and events which typically are ignored in the "politically correct" academic environment, even though it was produced within that same environment. Saharasia presents the first cross-cultural, anthropological, archaeological and historical survey of human family and social institutions, tracing human violence back in time to specific times and places of first-origin. Saharasia also presents an additional controversy, given the factual identity of the violence-prone Saharasian region to be the homeland of the Islamo-fascist terror brigades. Saharasia has at several times in human history been the region from which massive armies marched out to conquer those moister regions lying at its periphery: into Europe, China, India and sub-Saharan Africa. These would be the early Indo-Aryan, Kurgan and Battle-Axe warriors, the Scythians and Huns, the Mongols, Turks, and Arab-Muslims, all of whom formed gigantic empires encompassing desert Saharasia and parts of its moister borderlands. While the analysis contained in this book starts around 12,000 BC and ends at around 1900 AD, the suggestion is clear, that the modern problem of global terrorism also springs forth from basic Saharasian-warrior roots. If you really want to know why so much of the world is in such a miserable condition, and to fully understand the current "march to war" within Islamic nations, this book will provide answers.
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Unfortunately, this is very difficult information to communicate. Not because it is intellectually difficult, but because the information is saturated with emotional landmines. It is important directly because it is so effective at 'pushing anyone's buttons'; the truth is locked away behind a universal hypersensitivity to this material. A straight-ahead strategy of treating this material objectively cannot work-- I've tried-- because our subjective emotional experience always gets in the way.
And that, of course, is one of the themes of the book.
DeMeo goes from the micro to the macro, dictated by the breath of this concept. We have to understand that the human being has a very sophisticated reason for our emotions and emotional functions: by taking in continuous information of the outside world and releasing it emotionally, we are able to remain minutely responsive to all inputs and make wise, integrated and creative decisions throughout our lives. This mechanism of emotional release was coined the term 'discharge' by Wilhelm Reich, who studied it extensively in the 1920s and 30s, building on the work of his mentor, Sigmund Freud. It refers to crying, laughing, sighing, shivering, yawning, and other feeling-expressions. The calm, hopeful, potent peace we feel after a long cry is an example of discharge at work.
But as Reich discovered, and as DeMeo exhaustively maps, our society has very thoroughly built mechanisms for suppressing the emotional discharge of its members into the very fabric of our culture, following cultural and historic trends which have existed for at least 5000 years. So the subject is how we all have been acculturated by very common mainstream childraising practices to undermine our own abilities to think clearly and rationally, and to be happy; how -and why- society has imbedded into itself this all-encompassing inhibition of our emotions.
Reich knew that we are all very confused about our emotions; in a society where completely natural emotional expression is essentially taboo, we all are forced to hide our emotional selves inside armor that we have all built to protect ourselves. DeMeo's purpose is to restore a holistic society in which our emotional armoring is not necessary. But its a nearly impossible order; our armor is primed to become defensive at the very mention of our emotionally inhibiting practices.
That said, the strategy DeMeo uses is totally wrong; rather than gently walking us through an exposition of how the emotional baby we've been burying in the closet really holds our most profound truths, he rubs our noses in a long and grisly academic proof that the more sexually violent and misogynistic a society is, the more dysfunctional. He does this by painstakingly charting twenty sexually abusive practices as they've spread culturally in migration routes across the globe over a span of five or six thousand years. No one I've talked to who has read this book has gotten all the way through it; its brutal!
I think the core of this material is emotional, not academic, and requires a personal, not factual approach. By the time DeMeo has completed his brilliant proof, no one is alive to appreciate it, not even his supporters. Which is a shame, because this might be the most important set of ideas at large in the world at this time.
Its a book still waiting to be written.
Those of you praising this book as 'eye opening,' or insightful need to consult other sources unless you wish to be misled. There are a myriad of sources contradicting the theories espoused here.
For the people too lazy to research for other books,& sources, here is at least one article written in response to DeMeo's 2003 World Congress presentation.
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Regardless of how well it is written, if it is not accurate, what value does it possess outside of being a novel of fiction?
Recorded history does not suggest this book is accurate. I encourage you to cross reference for yourselves.
* human violence is unnatural
* perpetual war is not inevitable
* humans are by nature loving, cooperative and peaceful
The evidence collected and collated by Demeo shows that ancient societies, the hunter-gatherers, all shared the same fundamental characteristics - they had equality, peacefulness, true democracy, a reverence for nature and sexual openness. There were hardships but it was essentially a paradise.
About 6000 years ago this changed: a huge area that Demeo calls Saharasia, originally a fertile region stretching from the west coast of Africa to China, started to dry up. After a major climate-shift from wet grassland-forest conditions towards harsh desert conditions began around 5000 BCE, there was a slow but great change, so great that nothing we know of human cultural evolution is comparable. There had been pockets of patriarchal-authoritarian and violent social conditions showing up about 1,000 years before, but it was only around 4000BCE that it started to be common, with constant warfare, large-scale social oppression/inequality and male domination.
As orgonelab.org points out, this book is the largest and most in-depth scholarly study on human behavior and social violence around the world which has ever been undertaken. The findings cover the entire globe, from early prehistory into modern times, integrating on world-maps a full sweep of data from the fields of archaeology and history, plus an in-depth cross-cultural review and mapping of data from over 1000 different human societies taken from standard anthropological data bases. The work also incorporates the author's own personal field research in the deserts of the Middle East and Southwestern USA.
Major epochs of cultural diffusion are also presented on maps, showing how violent patriarchal, authoritarian, sex-repressive and child-abusive behaviours were carried outward from their Saharasian origins to nearly every corner of the globe. It presents previously-unknown geographical patterns in dozens of different human behaviors and social institutions representative of human violence and warlike aggression, such as slavery, castes, genital mutilations and a low women's status.
No great knowledge of maths or scientific methods is required to follow the logic and research to their conclusions, though the book is clearly written for scholars. The findings have been praised by many, published in scientific journals and magazines, cited repeatedly, but mostly have been willfully censored within the editorial power-circles of modern academia and mainstream journalism, which continues to embrace the flawed and disproven theories of "violent genes" or other "original sin" concepts. None of those theories, nor anything like them, can stand in the face of the evidence presented in this book.
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