blake songs of experience
William Blake – Songs of Experience frontspiece

Sanskrit matra, like the Greek, meter, meant both “Mother” and “measurement.” Mathematics is, by derivation, “mother-wisdom.” Root words for motherhood produced many words for calculation; metric, mensuration, mete, mens, mark, mentality; geo-metry, tri-gono-metry, hydro-metry, etc. Women did temporal and spatial calculations for so long that, according to the Vāyu Purana, men once thought women were able to give birth because they had superior skill in measuring and figuring. Men imagined if they could master these feminine skills, they could give birth too, “male ancestor” told one another that if they could only learn to measure the earth, they would “happily create progeny.”

47 ~ O’ Flaherty, Wendy Doiger, Hindu Myths, Harmondsworth, England Penguin Books, Ltd. 1975


Author: Hudley Flipside

Welcome to Hudley Flipside’s “The Seminary Of Praying Mantis Publishing.” Praying mantis shows me her story of life, death, and rebirth. For me she is an image or symbol of the divine in all things. I watch the praying mantis in my garden and have taken her image as my logo. She is an amazing little creature, and I relate to her connection to nature. We are both wild and part of this strange world. She is a part of my mythology as I am part of hers.

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