Art and Aesthetics in Action
Written by: Professor Severyn T. Bruyn




Riane Eisler says that women invented many of the arts, like pottery. Based on extensive study by scholars, like Robert Briffault and Erich Neumann, pottery was at one time regarded as a sacred process and associated with the worship of the Goddess. 

People wore necklaces during the earliest phase of civilization. Necklaces with  “pendants” in the shape of beetles are known from the late Paleolithic epoch (10,000 to 20,000 years ago). Ethnoentomological studies reveal the beetles’ importance as a food source, but they were much more. They were sacred and held close as life.

In early cultures, shamans and beetles played very important roles. They addressed issues in both the terrestrial and celestial worlds. Shamans were like beetles, thought to “fly” in the sky and descend to subterranean hells where they acted as mediators between infernal powers and ordinary people. With these beetle talents held in high esteem, shamans were observed to fly and dive into the ground.

Among shamanic societies, beetle (scarab) myths explained the creation of the world. In some Indian tribes from the Chaco (South America), a big scarab named Aksak modeled man and woman from clay. The scarab, which shapes dung into balls, is identified as a potter in South America as in Old Egypt. The scarab has remained a favorite amulet throughout history with hundreds of thousands of these figures found in the Egyptian soil.

Why were necklaces with scarabs so sacred? Why did people wear scarabs as equal to their highest god?

Today scientists tell us something. The ancients might have known intuitively that scarabs put nutrition in the soil to make life possible. They transform human waste into life-giving power. They make life possible. So, the ancients said scarabs represent the lowest and highest life, thus, the most precious creatures on earth.

China Set in Forest (Two Pictures]
Dinner Plates [detail]
Salad Bowls [detail]
Dinner Mugs [detail]
A Cup

Pottery Bowls
On the Edge
Pottery Bowl with Tools
Dish for All Things
Covered Dish
Flower Urn
Tree Fairy
A Circle of Gnomes
A Circle of Hobbits
The Pilot
Naked in a Bowl
A Turtle and the Elements