THE ATHENADORAN LIBRARY Is the first full statement of the principles of the Danaan Religion and its championship of Goddess Devotion. It goes beyond the current corpus of Goddess-related writings, a corpus dominated by historical expositions, to put forth a synthesis of that history with Science, reason and sensibility, to produce a guide for modern life, a guide based on healthful attitudes, good psychology, and the unfettering of the human drives for peace, love and excellence.
The Athenadoran Library incorporates in a single volume the three most important, larger Danaan texts produced to date by Athenadorus. The Library contains the full texts of The Danaa, The Phædran Letters and the Ta Men Tao.
The Danaa represents the cumulative impact of Athenadorus's studies of the works of Robert Graves, Dr. Marija Gimbutas, Merlin Stone, Naomi Goldenberg, Starhawk and many others. It presents the externalization of insights gained from those authors, fortified by scholastic and personal studies in biology, psychology, sociology, religion and history, as well as the intellectual strengths bestowed on Athenadorus by his upbringing.
The Danaa commences with a section revealing Danaan mythic Cosmology in poetic terms. This is followed by a middle section, prefaced by two succinct statements of belief, containing 21 prose sections that detail Danaan philosophy and thealogy. Large parts of what these include are drawn from the natural and social sciences, from economics and history. They detail the rational, science-based view which Danaans embrace. Among the many points put forth in this section are the fact that the female is the original sex; that there is an evolutionary benefit inherent in homosexuality; that the Universe is both subject and source of laws which in turn cannot be subject to supernatural disruption or pointillistic revision. The final section of The Danaa is an alphabetical list of the names by which the Goddess has been known and invoked throughout the ages.
The Phædran Letters are a logical continuation of the middle section of The Danaa. These letters start by defining more of the Universe in Danaan terms, and progress further into historical, personal and mythic realms of the Danaan expansion of Self and its realization.
Of principle interest in The Phædran Letters is the central tenet of Danaan ethical philosophy, The Prime Imperative, and its associated Thirteen Freedoms of the Danaans.
The Ta Men Tao is a book of 81 poems which Athenadorus freely rewrote from the classical Chinese original, the Tao Te Ching. The Ta Men Tao is not meant to be a pro-forma, scholarly translation of the original Taoist document. In writing the Ta Men Tao, Athenadorus has taken that original from its bipolar, sexist form and made it more true to the Danaan ideals the Tao Te Ching held deeply within itself. The introduction to this work gives the details of the origin both of the Tao Te Ching and of Athenadorus's rewriting it. [This text is also available as its own book.]
The general trend within the three works goes from a general mythic, cosmological exposition (The Danaa) through the unveiling of ethical, scientific and philosophical vistas (The Danaa and The Phædran Letters) to a presentation of social and personal insights (the Ta Men Tao).
The Rescripts is a set of writings, available as the final section of The Library, in which Athenadorus expounds more forcefully on Human Rights, on Women's Rights, on Male Liberation and on liberation from Patriarchal religion. The first two rescripts, "Homosexuality: Its Genetic Basis & Evolutionary Benefit", and "The Female: First Form & Source of Life" are among the most important of Athenadorus's works.
This text is ISBN 978-1890-000-07-3, and is available on Amazon.com.
|Areas of Interest, Groups & Individuals awaiting The Athendoran Library|
|Specific Audiences or Fields of Interest|
(both pro & con)
|Topic, Section, Selection or example Quotation||Explanation|
The Thirteen Freedoms
Ta Men Tao
|The Prime Imperative and The Thirteen Freedoms form the basis of a teleological philosophy of life: a teleology based on an ethical expansion of biochemistry, statistics and physics. The Ta Men Tao expands on that, with the concept of the womb as symbol of the Great Gate: of the Becomingness of the Universe.|
|Philosophers will find the entire volume interesting for its evidence of many influences (Stoicism, Empiricism, Kantian Rationalism, Epicureanism, Biology, Statistics, etc.) and the ways in which those influences are built into a coherent ethical whole, carried in a vehicle of pre-Hellenic Greek and expanded Classical Chinese mysticism.|
The Thirteen Freedoms
"Sin is a disease invented by those who wanted to rule the lives of others by controlling the dispersement of the "cure"..." 2
"Morality, moral theology and moral philosophy are paper tigers, the bogey-man shadows of childhood nightmares, the infantile psychoses of oedipal adults." 3
|From the teleological philosophy of these expositions arises an ethical system that is at once simple and all-encompassing, strong enough to allow a denunciation of 'received' morality.|
|Human rights||The Freedoms present a framework from which a minimal and reasonable legal framework can be derived to ensure the protection of human rights, and the establishment of human responsibility.|
|Women's rights||Exposition of the biological facts which indicate that only the female can be considered the original form of life turns all paternalistic arguments on their heads and demands that limitations placed solely on and against women be removed.|
|Gay rights||Presentation of biological facts showing that homosexuality is a manifestation of biology and that it has an evolutionary benefit obliterate the "lifestyle" argument of the patristics.|
|Psychologists||This work is a celebration of the post-oedipal mind and of the benefits inherent in nurturing a balanced psyche under the leadership of what Freud would have called the superego.|
The Thirteen Freedoms
the entire volume
|The Prime Imperative and The Thirteen Freedoms define a new framework for the establishment and analysis of human relationships and culture. This is reinforced and expanded on throughout the texts.|
|Environmentalists||The Athenadoran Library stresses the sacredness of the Earth and human responsibility for its effects on the life the Earth supports.
Species are described as passing through three phases of development leading to the highest state in which environmental awareness and devotion are the most visible aspects.
|Civil rights|| "The white She guided to Mediterranean shores
And cold, dark forests beyond.
The red She led to the Asian view
Out onto the broad Pacific.
The black She gave the breadth of the
Ancient, game-rich plains; guardians of the
Birthplace She designated them:
Protectors of the Forest." 7
"...Her Lunar Trinity: waxing, full, waning: black, white, red:
She is the Phases of the Moon--the Faces of Humanity." 8
|The Danaan philosophy expressed in The Athenadoran Library is the only philosophy or religion in the world which expressly treats all races as equal partners in a grand unity.
This is the only point of view which treats blacks as having had value as part of the human community from the beginning: which pointedly values Africa as the place of human origin.
Danaan is the only culture in which Asians are seen as important in their own right.
|Children's rights||"Here is a father who chooses to eradicate the multitude of non-believers, even though he is supposed to be their father, too: it is indeed a perverted religion in which the father forces his 'children' to beg him not to destroy them! --sanctified child abuse." 9||The use of the threatening of or murdering of a child or of children, in fact or metaphor, in religious imagery or dogma is rejected.|
The Thirteen Freedoms
more of the old laws will be broken." 11
"The more laws there are,
the poorer the people become." 12
|Building from The Prime Imperative and The Thirteen Freedoms, through a restatement of the Social Contract, specific states of condition of governments in relation to their contracts are delineated, leading to a disclosure of the ethical outcomes of those conditions.
While The Danaa and The Phædran Letters in general present a philosophy of social liberation, The Thirteen Freedoms and the Ta Men Tao reveal a commitment to 'small government' and to free-market policies.
The Phædran Letters
Ta Men Tao
|The first part of The Danaa is treated in terms of Pre-classical "hellenic" mythology. The third part of The Danaa is a listing of names drawn from many sources in world mythology, names by which female divinity has been known. Portions of The Phædran Letters are also written in a pre-classical frame. The first thirty or so poems in the Ta Men Tao create a mythology in terms such as the Passage, the Great Gate, the One.|
the Danaan Calendar System
|The name, The Prime Imperative, pricks their interest, which is then carried forward by the science-based nature of this work, which appeals to their futuristic natures.|
|the Japanese||"These resonances, this universal cycularity which exists in every thing from the smallest particle to the very Universe itself, is that which we term its kami, or its cosmosalos [kosmoV + saloV]: the moving to and fro of the Universe. ... " 13||The philosophy and mysticism in The Phædran Letters has much in common with, and attitudes and terminology taken from (Shrine) Shintoism. Amaterasu, the tutelary Goddess of the Imperial family, is recognized as a persona and image of the Goddess.|
The Phædran Letters
|These two volumes are couched in terms of Classical Greek and Roman thought and Pre-classical mythology.|
|Pagans||The Athenadoran Library is a new classic of world Paganism.|
& such theurgists
|"The future of the Universe will always be consistent with the nature of the Universe itself..." 14||Intrensic refutation of miracles and theurgy as contrary to natural law.|
|Predestinationists||"The life-occurrences of human beings are not set by fate, nor have they been predetermined by the empty whim of an ancient thunder-god. Humans are not pre-programmed nor are we pawns. We are not predestined: we each choose our own destination, and by our own efforts purchase our tickets and make our transfers." 15||Calvinistic predestinationism is solidly rejected.|
| "...there has developed an escapism, a shifting of blame for mistakes from the one responsible to a scapegoat, in messiahnism: waiting for Big Brother to come back and fix it because we are so evil, so inept, so ignorant that we could not possibly do anything right. Foolishness! The weak love tyranny because they are terrified of the responsibility inherent in self-government." 16
"..by accepting responsibility for their lives--no sloughing off our responsibility by blaming the fictitious malevolent demons of an ignorant past, the machinations of a fickle god or the malicious excesses of an imaginary ruling class. We accept accountability for our mistakes and in doing so earn the right to take credit for our triumphs. We cherish our freedoms and gladly accept our duties in the preservation of those freedoms." 17
|The concept of messiahnism (and its millenialist corollary) is specifically and thoroughly rejected as an illogical, puerile, (inherently masochistic and therefore) unacceptable mode of adult behavior.|
|"More occurrences comparable to this first violation have transpired ... and those continue to happen with these, the Three Great Fallacies of modern mankind: Nazism-Fascism, Marxism-Leninism and Idolatrous Abrahamism." 18||Father-god religions, their political manifestations and their violent effects are exposed as the source of paranoid schizophrenia on a global scale.|
1 The Danaa, §XV, Paragraph 1
2 The Danaa, §XV, Paragraph 4 & The Phædran Letters, a-Phædrana, §5, Paragraph 9
3 The Phædran Letters, a-Phædrana, §5, Paragraph 10
4 The Danaa, §VI, Paragraph 7
5 The Danaa, §XV, Paragraph 12
6 The Phædran Letters, a-Phædrana, §7, Paragraphs 5, 11;
viz. The Phædran Letters, b-Phædrana, §8, Paragraphs 5, 11
7 The Danaa, Poetic Exposition
8 The Danaa, VNAM COLIMVS DEAM
9 The Phædran Letters, b-Phædrana, §5, Paragraph 5
10 The Phædran Letters, a-Phædrana, §6, Paragraph 5
11 Ta Men Tao, 17:2
12 Ta Men Tao, 57:4
13 The Phædran Letters, b-Phædrana, §6, Paragraph 3
14 The Phædran Letters, a-Phædrana, §7, Paragraph 1
15 The Phædran Letters, a-Phædrana, §7, Paragraph 12
16 The Phædran Letters, a-Phædrana, §7, Paragraph 9
17 The Phædran Letters, a-Phædrana, §7, Paragraph 2
18 The Phædran Letters, a-Phædrana, §5, Paragraph 6