Friday, February 5, 2010
THE GUARDIANS OF THE SACRED SPACE
An essential feature of Primal cultures is a belief in the Guardian Spirits. These Guardian are both protecting but also terrible. They inspire a sense of Awe of Holy Dread. This reminds us that Spirits of the Wilderness are both givers of life, but also can take revenge on those who do not respect them. It is often said that Primal religious belief includes a fear or dread of the Spirit world. In a sense this Fear is the source of a kind of wisdom. It ensures that the human respects the environment, and does not think that nature is simply for human use. Nature, and the Spirits of the Earth, and the Trees, have an integrity, which the human community ignores at its own cost, and final destruction.