Sunday, January 2, 2011

Starcevo "Bird Goddess" Figure

Hola darlings!

I know people think we're nuts because we think Chess is the Game of the Goddess and that its roots are much more ancient than current historical consensus allows.

But -

This morning while I was checking out something that Mr. Don sent to me, I came across this figure and it absolutely blew me away.  When looked at straight on, it looks like a "bird goddess" figurine - sometimes also identified as an "eye goddess."  Bird and eye goddesses are very old - dating back at least to the Augnacian period.  There are local variations, but she has passed down from Neolithic (stone age) times, generation by generation, all the way into the civilizations in the Fertile Crescent. 

What I saw for the first time in this figurine is that, when viewed from the side, it is obviously the body of a female - the breasts are prominent and easily identifiable; the waist is narrow, flaring out to hips.  The cross-hatching design is also extremely ancient - goes back to at least 25,000 BCE if not beyond - I've seen examples of the cross-hatch design on all sorts of ancient objects, particularly those associated with females and/or "goddesses."  Various interpretations have been given to the design, including that it might designate "weaving" - i.e. - clothing.  And that is certainly possible.  However, after looking at dozens and dozens of these cross-hatching patterns on various objects, including ancient board games from Egypt, Sumer and the Middle East, as well as northern India gameboards that were used for chaturanga and other games, I think in many instances the cross hatching represents water (compare the Egyptian hieroglyphic "N" for water ['nun' - the primordial waters out of which the first land, and then life, arose]), and sometimes perhaps water and land together - as in a 'field' or 'grid,' symbolic of where life comes from, and also to where it goes back.

[Bird Goddess: STARCEVO-CRIS archaeological site. Starcevo is a little village near Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Eponymus site of the Neolithic Central Balkan, Carpatho-Danubian and Dniester civilizations. (Starcevo-Cris culture). First European pottery and the first painted with geometrical motifs pottery. Clay figurines of bird goddesses. A great ancient civilization on the Danube river, c. 6000 BC. (Gimbutas, M., The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe, University of California Press, Los Angeles, 1996, Gimbutas, M., The Language of the Goddesses, Harper, SanFrancisco, 1991, Gimbutas, M., The Living Goddesses, University of California Press, Berkley, Los Angeles, London 1999, Larina, O., "Culturi din epoca neolitica", Stiinta 1994, p. 28-42].

Enlarged al-fil piece. See
Anna Contadini's article atGoddesschess for a
clearer graphc and more
sets with the same style
of al-fil, which is the
bishop in western chess.
Now, compare the Starcevo bird or eye goddess figure from about 6,000 BCE to this Islamic chess piece carved about 7,000 years later.  The "protrusions" identified as "tusks" from the 'al-fil' piece (known in the west as the bishop), taken from the Persian chess piece known as 'pil' - elephant.  But - was it really an elephant???

Let's see - how does the Billy Joel song go?  "You may be right, I may be crazy. But then it just might be a lunatic you're looking for..."


Unknown said...

...lady birdsnake of belgrade=
ehecatl/hecate, the windweaving
venus of the shuttle/xiotl(N)star.
her weaving whorls are all over
the danube. she traded obsidian with tlatlatzolteotl,firedrill goddess,who hunted aurox with her cheetahs=chi-tlatla(N)=on top/chi-
tlatla/flame, 7k bc, çatal hüyuk. hecate is an aryan skygoddess whose birth of morning and evening star as male gods starts the move from goddess to gods(for what they are worth).
zeus, himself, that rapscallion, was an aryan skygod first known to the greeks as a snake, linking him to quetzalcoatl(born 9 ehecatl in
the tonalamatl, trecena ocelotl
of cave priests). hecate is the 2d venus, the venado/venison/wendy/
gwendolyn, the female deer, being
the first venus at cave time.
al-fil, may refer to pil,
persian chess, and it is elephant, but only a part, for i think the
word underlying both is, mapilli(N)=child/-pilli ma-/of the hand,
which becomes, marfil(sp)=ivory=
the liber linteus(etruscan)is
written with burnt ivory. hmmm,
(m)al/r p/fil(letra)=al fil= mapilli(N). the spanish word for ivory, marfil, includes the "f",
which is a letter i associate with
the etruscan, that is, date it
to them, so it may be the term,
alfil, dates to then, but, pil,
is much older, still retaining
the old "p" from, mapilli(N),
when mapilli(N) melded to marfil
is hard to say but it may have been
early as the thumb was essential
for carving, something neander
had not, but his crosses did.
there is a 35k figuring of tlatla/
venus of ivory found in germany, no?

Unknown said...

...pil as elefant comes from its power,
piloa(N)=to spill down a line, as
water from on high, to continue.
pila(sp)=battery. a spill, a line of power. many of the pil-(N/verb prefix)=
accompany, follow, ah, pilli(N/adv)=
suspended. if one thinks horizontally,
a powerline.
someone of something, such as, xaque.
from, caqui(N)=approve; listen, pay attention(to check).
the most interesting terms to me were the Mongolian, e.g.,
Teme(M/camel)=temi(N)=fill, i suppose
the Bishop/Firzan's diagonal are drops of water.
ah, rook=rokh(persian)=rock(E)=
location/lock(E). oddly enough
the Mongolian rook,
the Tereg(M/cart) is used for rock
removal, road building,=tetequitia
(N/verb)=work distribution,
quid pro quo(Latin)=community service. ter/l/teg/quitia(letra).

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