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Before Monotheism, Killing Dolphins Was a Capital Crime
Returning Ancient Greek ‘Person’ Status to Dolphins AOC Green Beings
In ancient Greece, dolphins were seen as messengers for the gods. And while there was no knowledge of the fact that dolphins have lived on Planet Earth for 38-50 million years by current estimates, the mammals were revered and awarded ‘person’ status.
The clues to dolphins as ‘female’ are prolific in Greek and Roman art, and also in earlier Minoan artifacts. PBS ‘Frontline” reports in “A whale of a business: man & marine mammals : dolphins in ancient mythology”.
Without romanticizing the centuries preceding the dawn of Christianity for women or for nature, it seems that Judaism, Christianity and Aristotle emerged in a coalition of thought that celebrated man’s rational nature while condemning women’s emotional, irrational and natural state of being.
Simultaneously, in moving to embrace a single God, there was little room for feminine principles, and that includes dolphins.
After all, man — the superior creature — was dominant not only over women, but over nature.
In the Judeo-Christian tradition, nature is the result of an orderly, hierarchical succession, where man is created separate from the land, seas, flora, and fauna. He is the boss, according to Genesis:
Farmers, Elephants & Bees
We’re all just walking each other home. ~ Ram Dass
Beehive Fences Keep African Elephants Away from Crops Wired Science July 12, 2011
Wired updates a 2009 story that caught our hearts — a woman’s idea of how to keep expanding elephant populations safe in their conflicts with Kenya’s farmers, whose crops are trampled by these wonderful creatures.
Just placing a beehive on land can scare the wits out of most elephants. Scientists speculate that result — after all, there were no bees in the hives — is linked to the fact that the elephants remember painful past encounters with African honeybees and avoid the sights and smells associated with them.
AOC will ask GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons to stop shooting elephants and instead support the work of Lucy King of Oxford University’s Department of Zoology by building bee fences in Africa.
Animals on Human Condition
Leaning casually against the fence, I had no idea that a vision of nearly epic importance was coming. Out of nowhere, the formation appeared … a simple, bucolic scene unfolded before my eyes that I will never forget. I don’t remember who led the parade … probably one of the dogs, but they came two by two.
Unlike Noah’s Ark, they were not matched pairs. The dog ambled along with the rooster. One of my precious Babydolls frolicked with a duck.
This Solebury barnyard menagerie of totally unrelated animals was paired in formation, and everyone was getting along.
Honestly, the goose’s bill was bobbing in the air, laughing away. The hens were cackling and the bog barked joyfully, creating an incomprehensibly silly sight.
The scene polarized me for several minutes, burning a vision of hope in my mind. It sounds so trite and overly simplistic to say this, but I remember thinking to myself: “If they can get along and have such a good time together … well, why can’t we humans do the same thing?”
These animals couldn’t be more different, but they had connected with each other, surmounting their differences to create a scene of unimaginable delight for themselves and the entire world.