A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 142, Tuesday
May 22st, 2018
Chapter Two: Kin
As families become clans the bonds of loyalty are fixed in the body, constructed by chemicals and enzymes, by proteins and amino acids, by the songs and rhythms unique to each group, and through which they reinforce the knowledge of their history, their ancestral memories, passing them on from one generation to the next.
These are bonds that we do not see, and we never question.
Rituals are developed to lift up and remember the common ancestors, whose great deeds, or terrible failures were such that the clans wrote songs about them, and passed them on to their children, and their children’s children.
Every person reared within the group learned to see themselves as a continuation of the clan’s broader narrative. They saw their own deeds as a reflection of the deeds of their ancestors.
They imagined their departed dead as living beside them, all around them, and they were not wrong.
The departed spoke to them through the ancestral memory, and the pattern of their consciousness remained with the clans and tribes, with the individual families, bound to the planet in the electromagnetic field called the nous-sphere.
The ritual remembering, the songs they sang, the drums the beat, these reinforced this connection and strengthened it, keeping it vital through that period when the groupings of human beings were still small enough that every person could trace their connection to the other by blood line.
They were migrating, and wandering, and navigating by the stars. They marked their narratives by the movement of the constellations, and projected their own stories into the heavens. They were together, and they were one.
Every individual saw themselves as a part of the tribe, and saw the fullness of the tribe as manifested in them. The clan was the clearest representation of the structure of human unity. It had a sufficient critical mass to draw the individual outside of themselves, and yet it was not large enough for the individual to feel lost within it. The clan was the family writ large, it was intimate, and still offered the safety of numbers.
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