In Honor Of The First Mother - Before Breath Was Capital

>>  Thursday, May 8, 2014

There's lots of dates surrounding the eventual and official Mother's Day in 1914.  Different groups worked on making this happen for decades before it did. But I'd like to look not at the first Mother's Day... But the First Mother instead.

I wonder sometime what it must have been like eons ago when each specific birth was critical to man's survival. A time when we were pushing our numbers just to diversify the genetic pool. A time when there were so few humans that each woman who bore another human was revered. Indeed... A time when all life-bringers were honored. Nurturing was a cherished gift.

What must it have been like for a First Mother who's numbers had now sufficiently expanded that the miracles of birth and life were commonized? What did she think when life itself was commodified? When breath became capital?

I see a First Mother who spoke loudly in protest of killing the creatures in the forests... A First Mother who pleaded with others in the tribe that trees and plants would sustain them. A First Mother who wept when the great aurochs were made unfree and held captive for the purposes of man. A First Mother who's dutiful gathering of sustenance was halted to tend to cattle instead... What did this First Mother think when she stole the milk from the goat or cow?

Cave painting of an aurochs bull in Lascaux, France

And what did this First Mother do when her husband, the keeper of chattel and cows, proposed the idea of not only consuming the milk but who made it necessary to steal the calf as well? I know this First Mother begged for the other mother... She begged for the child-calf... She wailed and sobbed and tried to reason.  But the high priests and other men made mandates from a god who demanded burnt calves flesh... So her pleas met with no mercy.

And soon it was that the First Mother would have her own sons sacrificed to greed. To violence. To wars. And to death.

To all those who still honor the nurturing, life-worshiping vision of the First Mother - Thank you for doing so through your vegan choices.

Happy Mother's Day to those who never surrendered the idea of love or World Peace:


Maria May 8, 2014 at 6:59 AM  

Bea, this is very interesting. I have this blog in my RSS feed. Thanks for informing about this. I am the one that comments on the Wild Beat.

veganelder May 9, 2014 at 4:47 AM  

Any mother doing genuine mothering would have to be vegan wouldn't they?

I looked over the link on "husbandry" and nowhere in the article was the word oppression or slavery or murder or justice used. So while some facts are presented...others are ignored.

Hooray for those who do real mothering via the only way living vegan.

Thanks for this, enjoy your honoring day Mother Bea. :-)

David Ashton May 11, 2014 at 1:38 AM  

What a powerful message! Thank you Bea.

Bea Elliott May 11, 2014 at 5:28 AM  

Hello Maria! It is no surprise to meet the most thoughtful readers at Wild Beat. I certainly appreciate your support for a more compassionate world! ;)

Bea Elliott May 11, 2014 at 5:35 AM  

Thank you proud womon! I'm grateful for your insights that have helped me make connections to important issues I've neglected... <3

Bea Elliott May 11, 2014 at 6:01 AM  

So true veganelder! And genuine nurturing can only come from a vegan source. Everything else falls pitifully shy of good mothering...

No... "husbandry" wouldn't include all the harming practices. How else could they turn a profit if people inspected reality too closely? :(

Thanks for all your kind nurturing as well.

Bea Elliott May 11, 2014 at 6:04 AM  

Thank you David for spreading those wise life-seeds as well. <3