Re: Patriarchy: Re: What Matriarchy?

Shannon Adams (
Tue, 13 Aug 1996 14:33:47 -0700

Gerold Firl wrote:
(big snip)
> And lets look at a clear example of how a misunderstanding of the
> physical world leads to an erroneous belief about the spiritual domain:
> our old friend disease.
> In cultures which are ignorant of microbes, disease is commonly thought
> of as the work of malignant spirits. This is a fairly reasonable
> hypothesis for people who are ignorant of microscopy, but it's wrong.
> Smallpox was caused by a virus, not witchcraft or the will of god, and
> while vaccination has eradicated smallpox, all the praying in the world
> hasn't helped one bit.
> It may be irritating that your ancestors 2 generations back didn't know
> about microbes; if it helps any, my ancestors from 5 generations back
> didn't either. So what?(Another big snip)

But the important question for many people is not HOW the person became sick
(because of the spread of a virsus) but WHY that specific person became sick.
Evans-Pritchard is a good source for this arguement

Shannon Adams
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