Lately I have come across several people who believe that Europe has always held the ideals of a patriarchy, where women were subjected to the rule of men. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Patriarchy defined is:
1. a system of society or government in which the father or eldest male is head of the family and descent is traced through the male line.
2. a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.
3. a society or community organized on patriarchal lines.
Is there evidence of the patriarchy in ancient Europe?
Indo-Europeans were known to have practiced multiple succession systems, and there is much better evidence of matrilineal customs among the Indo-European Celts and Germans than among any ancient Semitic peoples.
In medieval Europe, patriarchy was not the norm, as female Empresses, such as Theodora, and Matriarchs, such as Helena, the mother of Constantine, enjoyed privilege, political rule, and societal honor. These were not the only women, Boudicca, Telessilla, Cartimandua and Martia Proba were among others.
The first-century figure Boudicca indicates that Brittonnic society permitted explicit female autocracy or gender equality which contrasted strongly with the patriarchal structure of Semitic civilization. Boudica was a queen of the British Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire. Born 30 AD died 61 AD.
Cartimandua reigned 43 to 69 AD was a 1st-century queen of the Brigantes, a Celtic people living in what is now northern England. She came to power around the time of the Roman conquest of Britain, and formed a large tribal agglomeration that became loyal to Rome.
Military Leader Telessilla, of Greece (Argos) A warrior poet, she rallied the women of the besieged city of Argos with war hymns and chants and led them in defending the city against the invading forces.
Queen Martia Proba of a Celtic Tribe (United Kingdom) Her seat of power was in London, and she was holding the reins of government so wisely as to receive the surname of Proba, the Just. She especially devoted herself to the enactment of just laws for her subjects, the first principles of the common law tracing back to her; the celebrated laws of Alfred, and of Edward the Confessor, being in great degree restorations and compilations from the laws of Martia, which were known as the “Martian Statutes” around 200 AD.
Women were also running Sparta while the men were often away fighting. Gorgo, Queen of Sparta, responded to a question from a woman in Attica along the lines of, “why Spartan women were the only women in the world who could rule men?” Gorgo replied, “because we are the only women who are mothers of men”. Gorgo is noted as one of the few female historical figures actually named by Herodotus, and was known for her political judgement and wisdom. She is notable for being the daughter of a King of Sparta, the wife of another king of Sparta, and the mother of a third king of Sparta. Her birth date is uncertain, but is most likely to have been between 518 and 508 BC, based on Herodotus dating (Histories 5.51).
Arising in the period ranging from the Iron Age to the Middle Ages, several early northwestern European mythologies from the Irish (e.g., Macha and Scáthach), the Brittonic (e.g., Rhiannon), and the Germanic (e.g., Grendel’s mother and Nerthus) contain episodes of female power. Other evidence includes burial grounds (such as the Celtic Chiefess in Reinheim) and the Oseberg ship, from 850 CE discovered in Norway.
And lets not forget Lady Godiva. She is mentioned in the Domesday survey as one of the few Anglo-Saxons and the only woman to remain a major landholder shortly after the Norman conquest. She died sometime between 1066 and 1086.
Jean Markale’s studies of Celtic societies show that the power of women was reflected not only in myth and legend but in legal codes pertaining to marriage, divorce, property ownership, and the right to rule.
So where did the idea of the patriarchy come from?
Anthropological evidence suggests that most pre-historic hunter gatherer societies were relatively egalitarian. Some scholars believe the first signs of patriarchy were evident around six thousand years ago or about 4,000 BC. According to James DeMeo the geographical record shows that climate change around 4000 BC led to famines in the Sahara, Arabian peninsula and what are now the Central Asian deserts which then resulted in the adoption of warlike, patriarchal structures in order to secure food sources.
Domination by men of women is found in the Ancient Near East (Biblical Lands, including Iraq, South West Iran, South East Turkey, Syria, Kuwait) as early as 3100 BC. Evidence from the Amorites and pre-Islamic Arabs indicates that the primitive Semitic family was in fact patriarchal and patrilineal.
The works of Aristotle portray women as morally, intellectually, and physically inferior to men; saw women as the property of men; claimed that women’s role in society was to reproduce and serve men in the household; and saw male domination of women as natural and virtuous. Aristotle lived 384 – 322 BC in Classical Greece, a time when Greece was ruled by the Persian Empire.
Major religions that adhere to patriarchal practices.
In Islam: The hadith says a people which has a woman as leader will never prosper.
In Judaism: According to the Orthodoxy the position has been that for women to hold public office in Israel would threaten the state’s existence. Men’s superiority’ is a fundamental tenet in Judaism, according to Irit Umanit.
In Christianity: Since the first century, organized Christianity has interpreted the Bible as prescribing a gender-based hierarchy, claimed up to the present by Complementarians and traditionalists to be scripturally mandated. The hierarchical theology has placed woman under the man’s authority in the church, in marriage, and elsewhere. Historically, it has excluded women from leadership positions that give women any kind of authority over men.
1558, John Knox wrote The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women. According to an 1878 edition, John Knox’s objection to any women reigning and having “empire” over men was theological and it was against nature for women to bear rule, superiority, dominion, or empire above any realm, nation, or city. Knox’s argument was partly grounded on a statement of the apostle Paul against women teaching or usurping authority over men. Knox argued that a woman being a national ruler was unnatural and that women were unfit and ineligible for the post.
The patriarchal political theory is said to closely be associated with Sir Robert Filmer. Filmer completed a work entitled Patriarcha around 1653. In it, he defended the divine right of kings as having title inherited from Adam the first man of the human species, according to Judeo-Christianity.
Only since the 1970s have more moderate views emerged.
In Buddhism: In certain Buddhist countries (not all) Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, and Thailand women are categorically denied admission to the Saṅgha, Buddhism’s most fundamental institution.
What our Native European Religon, Odinism, teaches:
In healthy Germanic societies, men and women complemented each other. There is/was a natural balance between the two.
I’m going to quote the Odinic Rite because they explain this balance of male/female very well: Fundamental to Odinism is Natural Law, which works consistently to support positive evolution within a balanced context at all levels…
…The interaction of men and women is crucial for the creation of children and hence, the survival of a family and the community. However, in order for this to happen successfully, the underlying male and female energies need to be balanced and to complement one another, otherwise there will be a dominance of one energy over another- an imbalance which will ultimately weaken both polarities and hence, the ability of a group to survive….
…In Odinism, we see that both the Gods and Goddesses have crucial roles relative to life’s picture, and each God has a complementary Goddess. And whilst all roles are vital to the bigger picture, no single one is considered more important than another: all are required for the sustenance and evolution of society and tapestry of life….
…For whilst men and women are each powerful in their own right, balanced cooperation will actually enhance and deepen those inherent forces which create, sustain and evolve life.Thus, by proudly working to restore the true and ho ly nature of the male/female polarities in proper relationship to each other, so our folk will be restored to their rightful strength….
…This is Natural Law and as an expression of such, Odinism- and hence the Odinic Rite- hold this balance of polarity (i.e. both men and women) as equally sacred sustainers of the whole…. end quote
From the above we can see that the idea of the patriarchy can be traced to an historical event that happened around 4,000BC in the Biblical lands of the Middle East. It wasn’t until our people were forcibly introduced to a new way of thinking around the 1st Century that views began to change…. It was during this time that our people had been placed under the influence of the very foreign belief system of Judaeo-Christianity, a belief system that was completely opposite and anti-natural to our people a belief system that has its roots in the Middle East.
The effect this has had on our people is disastrous. Once again I will quote the Odinic Rite:
…male and female energies need to be balanced and to complement one another, otherwise there will be a dominance of one energy over another- an imbalance which will ultimately weaken both polarities and hence, the ability of a group to survive….
….We witness this crisis in wider society today where the insidious poison of monotheistic mindsets that denigrate the female energies has led to a materialistic society whose very fabric flouts natural law, creating pollution, apathy, lack of principle, family and community breakdown in it s wake. Thus, all life is weakened.One of the main contributory factors to this situation is the dogmatic assignment of ‘value’ to the terms ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine.’ Hence, the so-called ‘masculine’ values of dynamism, strength, rationality etc have been seen as of a more ‘positive’ value than the so-called ‘feminine’ values of receptivity, passivity, intuition etc. This is reflected by the importance wider society places on ‘successful careers’ and ‘roles’. Usually, those activities regarded as ‘successful’ call for the exhibition of the so-called ‘masculine’ qualities, whilst the crucial ‘feminine’ roles of housewife and mother are riddled with low expectation. Equally, many people unconsciously equate ‘role,’ ‘value’ and ‘gender’ with one another and hence, their sense of self-esteem and level of personal development may well be undermined by the limits of these ‘labels.’ This placing of comparative ‘value assignments’ on the two genders seriously threatens the integrity of the family and community and- as we see today- leads to divisive ness, chaos, weakening and the denigration of all…. end quote Can you say “Cultural Marxism”?
This patriarchal cultural system is what has given rise to extreme feminism and the male counterpart MGTOW (men going their own way). Talk about tearing a rift between us! Our race is nearing extinction and the last thing we need is our young men and women falling into one of these two unbalanced ideological traps caused by and based on the unnatural ideals of the patriarchy.
As we can plainly see the male dominance over the female, commonly known as the Patriarchy, originated in Semitic lands. It is not rooted in European society. No where in our Pre-Christian history is this mindset found. It is contrary to nature and the natural order and to our very survival as a race. No wonder it took almost 1500 years to “convert” Europe to Christianity and it is no wonderthey had to use extreme measures (torture, death) to do so.
We must restore our natural, native belief system, Odinism, which includes a highly spiritual and naturally balanced view of all life. We must push aside those belief systems that no longer serve our folk, who’s only purpose is to sever our connections to our Gods, to each other, and to our natural world and which has enslaved us for almost 2,000 years. The time has come for our great awakening! Our Ancestors are calling us home!
Hail the Gods! Hail the Ancestors!