14164Dan says "insiders know"
- Mar 31 7:23 PMKeith, quoting Dan:
"That's a tired excuse. In some places Steiner is
vague about race, but in others, like the quote
from GA174b above, he makes it quite clear that
"cultural epochs" in Anthroposophy meant the same
thing as "races" in Theosophy--the words have
been changed for public consumption, insiders
know what they really mean."
So, AT should have a fair selection of Anthroposophical "insiders."
Shall we let the cat out of the bag and admit that cultural epochs are
really code for races?
I have a fair amount of difficulty with this one, historically
speaking. The Indian epoch and the Persian epoch, might correspond in
some way to particular racial groups, although I've never heard them
described in that way. I just don't know much about these prehistoric
By the time you get to the Egypto-Chaldean, however, it is clear that
multiple peoples and cultures are included (Semites, too). This
becomes even more obvious in the Greco-Latin epoch, which was
immensely, overwhelmingly, multi-cultural. The Greeks were not pure-
blooded anything to begin with, since they were the result of multiple
invasions of their "homeland." Then they proceeded, under Alexander,
to conquer the whole eastern half of the known world, all the way to
India. Alexander encouraged intermarriage, plus, soldiers being what
they were then and still are, Greek culture and Greek descendents were
scattered throughout the entire middle east. Next the Romans conquered
the Mediterranean basin and half of Europe and encouraged everybody to
mix it up. They imported black slaves, white slaves and every shade in
between and I doubt very much if any of these folks had much choice
about the "racial purity" of their descendents. This epoch continued
until roughly 1400 and something and included all of Europe. During
this time Europe was invaded from the south by the Muslims (conquered
Spain and went into Southern France, also grabbed bits of Italy) and a
bit later from the north by the Vikings. Exactly what racial group is
the Greco-Latin epoch a "code" for? Any possibilities spring to mind?
Oh yes, the Aryans...
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