Thinking strings… The Praying Mantis Has A Voice !!



The Bushmen, Goethe, Laurens van der Post and the Praying Mantis.

“There is a part of our spirit to which this voice of Mantis, speaking from an age of stone to an age of men with hearts of stone, commands us with the authentic tone of eternal renewal.” Pg. 40

I am in the process of reflecting on the lecture, The Creative Pattern In Primitive Africa by Laurens van der Post. The lecture speaks of the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert and their ancient mythologies that happen to include Praying Mantis as their own “Spirit of Creation.”

The Bushmen worshiped the Mantis and consulted him as an oracle. Pg. 21.

I include in this post, from the lecture, a poem / lament “by a father of a Bushman that lived over a hundred years ago… he was a rainmaker and a magician.” Pg. 38

People were those who Broke for me the string


The place became like this to me,

On account of it,

Because the string was that which broke for me.


The place does not feel to me,

As the place used to feel to me,

On account of it.


The place feels as if it stood open before me,

Because the string has broken for me, Therefore,

The place does not feel pleasant to me,

On account of it.

What is interesting to me is though Laurens van der Post naturally brings and weaves the Bushmen and Wolfgang von Goethe together in comparison as to the writing of their particular styles of poetry, I take it further by placing it in the continuity of music which highlights this post in a delightful way. An essence of what this brings together and what it very well means. I came upon a connection or “thinking strings” between Wolfgang von Goethe and the German band Kraftwerk.

This is the process of reconnecting the “thinking strings.”  A continuity of thoughts, dreams, magic, “stories from the wind” and life.

Listen to the music and read the poetry. I am asking for the feelings that it generates in you. It will provoke you.  My hopeful goal is to tie the “thinking strings” together again and to find what may have been lost, which is the spiritual beauty of the Bushmen. The Bushmen are the foundation of this Lecture by Laurens van der Post.  Reading it has had a profound impact on my life. I also wait for the “stories of life before and beyond the moment.”

The Mantis will sit in an attitude of extreme reverence and contemplation, his head turned sometimes slightly on side as if he were waiting…for the wind to come from far beyond the mountains on the other side of the desert to bring him a story of life before and beyond the moment. ~ Pg. 22.

“Spirit of Creation.” Watercolor by Hudley

Praying Mantis Mandala for The Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert and their “Thinking Strings”

Lyrics are an excerpt of “The Heaven Prolog” from Faust – Wolfgang von Goethe. In this masterpiece, these lines are said by Raphael archangel.

Kraftwerk – Kometenmelodie

Die sonne toent nach alter weise

In brudersphaeren wettgesang

Und ihre vorgeschriebene reise

vollendet sie mit donnergang.

An English translation:

The sun is chanting his ancient song In contest with the brother spheres Rolling with thunder steps along Down the predestined course of years

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