The Danaa

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THE DANAA is the first expression of that Renaissance of Goddess Devotion embodied in the Danaan worldview, the first full revelation of that Resurgence of Goddess Realization bestowed by the Danaan Religion. All subsequent works of Athenadorus are firmly rooted in this work.

The Danaa (pronounced like Danaan, but dropping the second 'n') represents the cumulative impact of Athenadorus's studies of the works of Dr. Marija Gimbutas, Robert Graves, Merlin Stone, Naomi Goldenberg, Z Budapest, Starhawk and many, many others. It is 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 is presented in three sections, each of which starts with an introductory poem. The 'a' section contains three subsections of free verse. This first subsection may also be described as consisting of three parts: (1) the 'Description of Athenadorus' couched in terms drawn mainly from pre-Indo-european Hellenic and Celtic mythology; (2) Danaan cosmological mythology from the Birth of the Universe through the foundation of Athens; (3) the Danaan Diaspora & Renaissance. The 'b' subsection is the mythic restatement of Tristan and Isolde; the 'g' subsection is a myth retelling the central scene of Fidelio (in which a man is rescued from patriarchal false imprisonment by the unfailing love of a woman: the woman is, of course, Liberty; that man is all humankind).

The middle section of The Danaa is prefaced by two succinct statements of belief, followed by 21 prose sections detailing Athenadorus's 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 that Athenadorus espouses.

Among the many points first 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. These and other points are further expanded and expounded on inThe Phædran Letters and The Rescripts.

The final section of The Danaa is an alphabetical list of the names by which the Goddess has been known and invoked throughout history. No information other than name is given, as this section is intended as a departure point for the reader's further study. (However, a study edition of these texts is under consideration, an edition that would supply such background information.)

  1. ‘1’ — poetic section
    • α’: poetic description of
      1. the origin of The Danaa and of Athenadorus and his purpose in writing the book
      2. Danaan cosmology: the origin of the Universe
      3. the history-mythos of the European Danaans

    • β’ & ‘γ’: the mythic retelling of two well-known story plots

  2. ‘3’ — essay section
    • the VNAM COLIMVS DEAM: “We worship one Goddess...”
    • 21 sections detailing the Danaan Worldview

  3. ‘9’ — list section
    • the ONOMACRENEIA: the “Fountain of Names”, a list of the names and titles whereby the Goddess has been invoked throughout human history.

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