Setting the Madrian Record Straight

The origin of the De’anic traditions to say the least is very controversial [not with most of the world which still generally know that we exist] but within the various groups found within the religious tradition itself. Some of these controversies include the nature of Madrian origins, the authorship of the De’anic scriptures, the nature of some of the legendary materials found within the The Coming Age (TCA) the magazine which was the official voice of Madrianism from 1975 to 1982, and the origins of the names of the Janya.

Certainly I am interested in these issues and have been studying them lately. Another writer who is clearly interested in them is ArchMadria Pamela Lanides who leads the Janite community of De’ani. She has recently posted a very good article that deals with many of these issues within her Di-Jana blog. The following is a reblog of her article.

Di-Jana

13 Maia/April 30

Sunnadi/Sunday

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O, Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence, be with us.

May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come. Blessed are You.

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Please note:

There is a new page under our Calendars menu which gives a brief explanation of our major feast days. Eastre has been restored to its original date and Adoria has been moved to the Filianic date.

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Setting the Record Straight

By this title, I do not mean to sound presumptuous. It is merely an attempt to be forthright and honest about our origins.

As more and more people are beginning to show interest in our religion, it is very important that our Faith be represented as honestly, forthrightly and accurately as possible. This means that we must discard certain misleading claims that may have been made…

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Ama-ar-gi: the Return to the Mother

I have blogged fairly regularly for almost a decade. My early bloggings were focused primarily on issues concerning both my own personal religious and political views. However as a result of my frustration with the general political situation, I stopped blogging on political issues in 2013 focusing primarily on my own religious views. Many of these centered on issues related to my own personal allegiance to De’anism, a religion of God the Mother initially developed in the early 1970s. Note. While De’anism in its modern form goes back only to the 1970’s, most De’ani believe that its principles go back to the time of human origins.

However over the past few years I have increasingly been realizing the degree in which my own personal theology and practice of De’anism seems to be diverging from the dominant tendencies within the faith. As a result of this perception, I have struggled within my primary blog Devotion to the High Queen of Heaven over recent years to find my own voice within the movement, unfortunately with little success.

The establishment of this blog Ama-ar-gi: the Return to the Mother represents my most recent effort to find my own independent voice within the religion of Dea. Hopefully from this blog I will be able to articulate my own ideas without thinking that I have to explain why they are not those of the Deanic mainstreams. Hopefully, I will also be able to discuss theological perspectives of particular interest to me which may come out of religious traditions not tied directly to De’anism. For example I have been greatly influenced through out my life by those Biblical traditions which suggest that God’s justice supports the liberation of the poor, powerless and oppressed people of all human societies. The Biblical prophets’ envisioning of a messianic age and Jesus’ proclamation of a coming kingdom of God each were visions of a world of justice for all human beings, a world in which oppression and injustice do not rule.

My interests, however, are not limited to the Abrahamic faiths. I have always had a strong interest in other religious traditions among the most important of which are the the Hindu theologies of the Mahadevi, the Great Goddess, who is the Mother and Creatress of the universe. I hope to be able to discuss subjects such as these here.

Now to the title of this blog Ama-ar-gi: the Return to the Mother. The title phrase of this blog Ama-ar-gi literally meant within the language of the ancient Sumeria of Mesopotamia “the return to the mother.” Ama-ar-gi was also title or slogan for a group of social economic reforms promoted within the city state of Lagash by its king Urukagina. The purpose of these reforms were to bring a condition of greater justice to the poor and other powerless people, by cancelling out their debts and releasing them from other oppressive economic structures. Thus the Ama-ar-gi or Amagi also meant simply ether freedom, liberation or emancipation.

Within the the heading of this blog I refer to a Maatian De’anism as being my own understanding of De’anism. The word “ma’at’ within the ancient Egyptian language is commonly translated in English as truth, order, justice, righteousness and law, etc. On reading the literature often referred to a being “declarations of virtues” which were brief autobiographical statements inscribed on the tombs of the ancient Egyptian nobility, one finds statements regularly that this noble or that ‘did ma’at that he or she aided the widow and orphan, feed the hungry, clothed the naked, or aided the poor.’ That person did not oppress, abuse, or murder others. A humane sense of justice is the social norm. Of course many of these persons may have in fact have violated all of these ideals. But the important fact is that ma’at was central to the self understanding of Egyptian civilization, and the primary goal at least in theory of all Egyptians from the king to the peasant was to do and speak ma’at though out their lives. In fact they would be judged after death by whether they had in fact lived by ma’at.

Other peoples of the ancient world had much the same values. One of these people were the Israelite people whose law codes and the ideals of its prophets supported justice for the poor and concern for the amelioration of the condition of the orphan and the widow, ideals are almost identical to those of ma’at held by the ancient Egyptians. Another aspect of the ideal of ma’at is that it was personified by the Egyptian goddess of the same name Ma’at who spiritially embodied these structures of cosmic and human behavior. The Janya Ma’at within the angelotheism of Deanism is the equivalent of Thame the Aristasian Janya of truth, order and, yes, justice as well. This is the reason from this point on I will be referring to my own articulation of Deanism as being a Ma’atic form of the religion. I have said enough for now.