Yin & Yang is Sexist

The Tao sees the world as male (yang) and female (yin) which is very sexist. Some think the yin and yang are just good and bad. Never heard of it as sexist. But the white is male and the black is female. Chinese literature beginning with the classic cannon Yijing (book of Changes) we see sexism as we find the male (yang) symbolized as day or the sun embodying everything good and positive, and this status is identified with heaven. Whereas the female (yin) is symbolized as night or the moon embodying everything negative, evil and lowly. Ref The idea of balancing male and female energies is fundamental to Taoism, and applies to women as well as to men.  One early practice was ritual sexual intercourse between men and women who were not married to one another.  These rituals followed strict guidelines, and the goal was the union of yin and yang energies. In the Taode jing offers a females role is made clear in passages like this one from Chapter 61: “The Feminine always conquers the Masculine by her quietness, by lowering herself through her quietness. The general stance on gender is there are attitudes expected of women, such as keeping a cheerful attitude or speaking in quiet tones. Divine marriages with deities were one very ancient version of this practice. Ref On particular holidays, street parades take place. These are lively affairs which invariably involve firecrackers and flower-covered floats broadcasting traditional music. They also variously include lion dances and dragon dances; human-occupied puppets (often of the “Seventh Lord” and “Eighth Lord“); tongji (童乩 “spirit-medium; shaman”) who cut their skin with knives; Bajiajiang, which are Kungfu-practicing honor guards in demonic makeup; and palanquins carrying god-images. The various participants are not considered...

The Evolution of Fire Sacralizing and/or Worship

Around 1.5 Million years ago, in Kenya, Africa two sites at Koobi Fora show evidence of control of fire aswell as other sites at a little later dates, such as Chesowanja and Olorgesailie, show potential evidence that fire was utilized by early humans although this is not evidence of cooked food. 1 Million Years Ago – Wonderwerk Cave (South Africa), found evidence of controlled use of several fires likely by Homo erectus our human ancestors, including use of fire in cooking of plants and animals. Also found were stone tools all showing thoughtful intentionality. It is possible that fire could have played a part in early superstitionism, then supernaturalism and following through into religion as well as myths. 770,000 Years Ago – Homo erectus and Homo erectus pekinensis (Peking Man) left evidence which helps establishes they could control and use fire. We need to stop thinking that all advancement waited until modern humans came along. We likely learned a few things from the beings before us, just as it is not unthinkable that the beings before us likely learned a few things from the beings before them. 600,000 Years Ago – Fire can be said to have a reasonably wide use and possibly being sacralized to some extent then or sometime later, but we do know at some point fire was attached to sacredness. At what point in humanoid history did these sacred rituals fully appear? What dreams were dreamed, what stories told around the fire? It is likely fire was one of the earliest superstitionized things, later becoming a supernaturalized symbols, them lasting as a sacradized part of...