Differences in perspective between pre-modern and modern societies


I have been having a blast reading some first hand accounts of people who lived in times hundreds of years before the present. The three books in particular which I'll talk about in this article were based on the experiences of an African, a European and a Native American.

In about 1598 a Flemish man called Pieter de Marees sailed with a crew from Antwerp to the Guinea coast. The Portuguese navigators (led by Prince Henry the Navigator/freemason) were the first to reach the African coast. There is some speculation as to whether the vikings had reached there first but in any case Pieter's journey spanned a number of years. His book published in 1602 entitled Description and Historical Account of the Gold Kingdom of Guinea (1602) was a result of his travel experiences. He starts off describing the ports in Europe, where the ship stopped. He then continues to talk about the Canary Islands and the various stops until the major one, the Gold Kingdom of Guinea (present day Ghana) where his ship stopped for a number of months. The journey then continued to Dahomey and Nigeria (kingdom of Benin) before returning to Europe. Pieter's book had remained in a Dutch library and was only translated in 1978 into English. Part of the reason why I was interested in this book was because I know the offspring of the Dutch guy (married to a Ghanaian and lives there) who wrote the book.

The second book, written by a Ghanaian, is one I've already talked about in The Akan book entitled A History of the Gold Coast and Asante. It was also written from first hand account in the 1850's. The third book, written by Peter Nabokov about the life of a Crow Native American Indian is entitled Two Leggings The Making of a Crow Warrior. Of the three books, the last two were about people who lived the experiences talked about in the books while the one Pieter wrote was from the perspective of an outside observer. Also Carl Reindorf's book about the Gold Coast and the Asante is not as Spiritually Oriented as the Native American one is (Carl was a half-caste, Danish-Ghanaian who was brought up educated in the Christian religion) but it still has some great spiritual stories, some about the events of others. Pieter's book has very little spirituality, all of which is about the natives he observed. But all in all, all the stories are great reads that provided me with insights into the times written about!

The books have been a very interesting read for me. Reading them has been like watching a wild documentary (with the imagination) which is second only to astral time travel. The natives who lived back in those times had a totally different view of life and death. They were themselves. There was little restriction. One can perceive the tender side versus the harsher side of life back then, in these accounts. Some of the activities which passed off as OK back then could get someone in jail today. There was looting, stealing, piracy, wife stealing, magical battles, revenge killings, dancing and partying, starving, hunting, making and patching one's own clothes, building one's own shelters etc.

As I was reading the two books about native activities (Reindorf and Two Leggings) I was like man, these guys were on a different level. You could go out and raid some horses (Two leggings) and if you got killed, well too bad. Life goes on for the village. People may not even mourn you, they'll just assume that you died. If you however managed to pull it off and brought back some loot, there would be a big party and the women will dance for you! Dudes were more interested in gaining honor, notoreity and recognition than in being afraid of getting killed while in the act. They would go to lengths to get protective medicine from nature spirits in order to go on raids. Of course there was still some fear but nothing like it is today. Today the fear in society is actively encouraged and instilled in many ways, some quite unnatural and forced. There was a much greater application of the law of allowance back then. Higher Selves having incarnations during these past time periods are having a blast. Seeing it from the perspective of the Higher Self, it is really the Higher Self that is having a great time.


Today only the powers that be have wars, they are the only ones allowed to kill and there is all this legal stuff constricting personal experiences. The common man is totally controlled and constrained. In Western countries, it is usually at demonstrations, carnivals and street parties that you see people having fun in a big communal context, playing their drums, dressed up colourfully, singing and dancing, albeit with police 'protection' and supervision. Part of the reason many incarnations are alive today is for Higher Selves to witness the way society has been subverted by control freaks in power, answering to the powers-that-be. Otherwise, other incarnations are having a good time in other time periods. For me, it's an awesome thought.

It's fortunate to have the benefit of hindsight in these times to read such personal accounts and to be able to see aspects of the past if one wants to. What seems so shocking when one reads these past accounts was happening only a hundred and fifty years ago. It is not the human being that has changed, it is society that has changed. Yet there is much that incarnations can do today to benefit their Higher Selves.