"An Indigenous Understanding of DNA"
By: Itztli Ehecatl
I recently finished an incredible
book titled "The CosmicSerpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge."
by Jeremy Narby.This is an essay i wrote in response to it. It is the
story of an anthropologist (Jeremy Narby) who went to do research in
the Peruvian rainforests among the Ashaninca in the community of Quirishari.
Like all arrogant white men who are anthropologists, he thought he would
go, listen to their stories and then write them down in his notebook
as the "mythology" of the Ashaninca. He however had the insight
to see past what he was taught by his professsors to realize these people
actually knew what they were talking about. The Ashaninca are a people
who have an extensive knowledge about the thousands of plants in the
rainforest and their medicinal potential. Narby himself had chronic
back pain when he began his research. One of the elders of the community
noticed this and "proposed to cure my back pain by administering
a sanango tea at the new moon." Narby was "skeptical, thinking
that if it were really possible to cure chronic back pain with half
a cup of vegetal tea, Western medicine would surely know about it."
(This is a very interesting comment because it rules out the idea that
the "placebo effect" was the factor resulting in his cure.)
According to Narby, "On the morning of the third day, my back pain
had disappeared. To this day it has not returned." How are the
Ashaninca able to prescribe such precise medicine if they do not have
a valid knowledge of the plants they are using as Western scientists
have claimed? Scientists attribute their knowledge of the these plants
to "trial and error." Meaning these people went around the
rainforests of South America(which make up half of the world's rainforests)
trying out all of the plants until they found one that worked for a
particular illness. The absurdity of this idea is typical of "Western
science and shows how incompatible their science is with our own. The
probability alone that they would stumble upon the correct plant for
a precise symptom out of the millions of choices is astronomical.How
then do the Ashaninca know about the medicinal value of each plant they
use? According to them, "One learns these things by drinking ayahuasca"
and the "Plants will communicate with you shortly therafter."
The idea that we can communicate with other forms of life is absolutely
absurd according to Western science but by using their own discoveries,
we can decipher the true meaning of what the Ashaninca are saying.It
has recently been discovered that DNA constantly releases particles
of light called photons. The rate is too rapid for our eyes to perceive
however. They also discovered that if you unwound the two opposing DNA
strands, they would reach far into outer space.What does all this mean?
Well when one takes ayahuasca or tobacco, the molecules of these substances
match up with the Serotonin receptors (brain hormone) in our brain.
The result is what Western scientists call "hallucinations"
but what the Ashaninca call "reality." When the Ashaninca
ingest these plants, a vivid array of colors and images appear in place
of what we usually perceive as reality. One always sees two fluorescent
snakes intertwined speaking to you. When Narby took the ayahuasca for
the first time, they told him (speaking to him without words but inside
his own brain) "You are just a human being." and it deeply
affects him as he realizes "it is profoundly true that i am just
a human being, and, most of the time, i have the impression of understanding
everything, i feel like crying in view of the enormity of these revelations.
Then it dawns on me that this self-pity is a part of my arrogance."The
conclusion Narby draws is that when you ingest these plants,you are
actually unlocking reality. The so-called "hallucinations"
you see are not distortions of reality but are the messages DNA is constantly
sending out through photons and sound waves. He says that when you see
these images, you also hear music emanating from the images, which the
Anashinca then mimick with their instruments in their ceremonies.The
intertwined fluorescent serpents are the actual image of DNA itself.
DNA is not an innate substance made up of amino acids and proteins but
is actually alive and contains cosmic knowledge. When the Ashaninca
ingest these plants, they say that all of the plants talk to them without
words telling them their specific medicinal value. It is in this way
that they have discovered their medicinal value. Kurly Tlapoyawa has
demonstrated to us in his article "Anawak/Mexika Cosmology"
how our ancestors revered serpents and to no suprise the Ashaninca rever
them for the same exact reasons. Narby points out that many cultures
in the world has an idea of double or twin serpents as central to their
spiritual beliefs; even those who don't have snakes in the area they
live in (such as Siberia). He points out the Egyptians, Greeks,Romans,Aborigines
of Australia, Native Americans, Chinese (Taoism is rooted in the idea
of twin serpents) and many other cultures around the world. Even the
Europeans believed in this principle and held the serpent as sacred
before Christianity corrupted their minds. One particular culture of
interest he notes is the Mexica. He says the idea of Quetzalcoatl is
evidence that we knew about DNA. He says Quetzalli and coatl both have
double meanings:Quetzalli means precious and feather while coatl means
serpent and twin. The word according to Narby thus means both precious
serpent and twin seprent. Ometeotl which means dual cosmic energy fits
perfectly with what the Ashaninca have taught Narby. Ometeotl is understood
to be a cosmic energy (note the extent of DNA strands), the creative
force of the universe, and is dual in nature. Our ancestors frequently
portrayed the symbol of Ometeotl framed by two intertwined serpents
(http://www.mexicauprising.net/images/omedisc.jpg). Therefore, all along
we have been believing in DNA (the source of all creation) itself and
not a mysterious God as Kurly Tlapoyawa has pointed out. Consequently,
this means that our ancestors have known about DNA for millenia before
white men discovered it in the 1950's.
As a director and his crew shoot a controversial
film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people
rise up against plans to privatize the water supply. While filming,
it becomes apparent that the events that occured during the American
Holocaust were so horrendous and inhumane that they are often too
difficult to imagine.The film masterfully
illustrates the fact that 519 years later, indigenous people still
endure oppression at the hands of the european invaders proving that
only time separates the 16th century european invaders from their
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teach ourselves, teach our children the way we have of teaching.
We don’t want to drink from a White water fountain...We
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segregation and the whole issue of the Civil Rights Movement is
all within the box of White culture and White supremacy. We should
not still be fighting for what they have. We are not interested
in what they have because we have so much more and because the
world is so much larger. And ultimately the White way, the American
way, the neo liberal, capitalist way of life will eventually lead
to our own destruction. And so it isn’t about an argument
of joining neo liberalism, it’s about us being able, as
human beings, to surpass the barrier."
- Marcos Aguilar (Principal,
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