Re: Incest taboos

Robert Roosen (
Sun, 7 May 1995 16:44:48 GMT

Gil Hardwick ( wrote:
: In article <>, Robert Roosen ( writes:
: > Ethics depend on circumstances.
: > In stone age Hawaii, the offspring of a royal brother and sister
: >was prized above all other children.
: >

: No, that merely shows us that among aristicrats and other decadents
: the idea of morality is considered passe. As we all observed during
: Elizabeth's recent *annus horribilis*.

: "Stone Age Hawaii", BTW, being barely two centuries ago if that.

Doggone it, you caught my joke. The stone ended quite recently
in many cultures. In some, many stone age methods are still at work.
My understanding of the reason the brother/sister offspring were
prized comes from what European culture calls the "divine right of
kings". In other words, these individuals were generally considered to
be more able to channel the "will of the Gods" than an average person.
There used to be a lot of psychic anthropology going on in the
late 70's and early 80's. Philip Staniford, my instructor in Cosmology
was a Professor of Anthropology at San Diego State U. He was editor of a
Journal called Phoenix, and started a series of annual meetings on
transpersonal anthropology.
Unfortunately, under Reagan, the secret agencies got heavily into
black magic. For instance, the NSA hired the kahuna ana ana group to
pray people to death. As with any weapon of war, civilians in the field
are drafted or destroyed. So now, even anthropologists are going around
publicly acting as if psychic abilities are imaginary--even though the
older literature is full of scholarly studies.
Actually, I would guess that most if not all stone age cultures
include psychic realities.
Remember where the Hawaii state motto came from. The British
took over Hawaii for awhile in the early 1800's. Lord George Paulette
came out from South America and gave it back. As the British flag was
being lowered, the Hawaiian king said, "Ua mau, ke ea o ka aina i ka pono".
That translates several ways. The one I like is, "Once again, the Spirit
of the Land Speaks the Law".
imo the "Divine right of Kings" had a basis in observable reality.

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