Deep rhythmic drums in the distant and fires flickering between trees. Ready for tribal life?
After the introduction we covered in last week’s article the archaic layer of men and how it’s basic behaviour patterns got formed. But the caveman evolved. Now he has a family. The daily requirements of the tribal life shaped and changed the manly role massively.
Last but not least we’re curious about how those patterns still influence our every-day life and form our idea of masculinity.
This is called animistic or magical stage, starting about 50’000 years ago. The archaic layer got integrated and expanded. Integralism classifies this stage as pre-rational as rational thinking is not fully established yet. Infants nowadays develop this stage between 1 and 3 years old and its development is important for gaining a sense of belonging and trust.
For us men it provides us with a well-rooted identity and a sense for providing our families. But there are as well pathologies that can arise as we’ll see at the end.
But for now let’s head back to wild drums and mystic tales.
The intuitive man
The former savage of the archaic aeon we can call now an man. While still somehow egocentric, basic empathy for his family members is developed. In the animistic worldview, his spirit continues in his descendants. The survival of the family and the bloodline gains significance.
The widened senses provide the man with improved intuition, connecting him with his clan members and makes him feel embedded in his environment.
What’s tribal life like?
• Identification with tribe
• Embedded in environment
• Social gatherings
• Male leaders
• Cycle-oriented time
• Following traditions
The man feels identified with his tribe. In the act of copulation, his woman receives his spirit in form of semen resulting in a new living being. Therefore he regards his kids as expansion of himself with his person as head of the family.
The embeddedness in nature provides his sense for being rooted in his environment. Mother earth as the origin of life created him and his clan together with every other entity around. Maybe actual living places change due to natural conditions but a deep connection to the land the clan stands on is crucial. Every hill, every corner of the river has a name. Everything is filled with spirits. The trees. Rocks. Waterfalls. And of course your own tribe as incorporation of the most glorious spirit of them all.
To celebrate its greatness group-bonding activities become the foundation of social solidarity.
The elders exchange adventurous tales and the songs of ancestors are sung, to remind every member of their common genealogy. The fascination for gatherings around bonfires is rooted there as well as our need to connect with familar faces.
The heads of families join together and form mostly patriarchal tribes. Clan structures establish with experienced men on the top. In joint force they erect solider houses and small villages as protection from predators and hostile tribes.
Time doesn’t exist. Everything exists here and now and nature follows cycles. The moon cycle. The cycle of fertility and procreation. There’s no need for men to plan careers as there will come everything they need sooner or later. Your permanent awareness of your masculine strength would radiate a powerful peace.
Where you’ve been born there is your place in the world. No need to change something. But as the carrier and incorporation of your ancestral spirit you orient on the elders and their traditions. You adopt their rules and rites self-evidently and continuing so fills you up with pride.
What does that mean for the role of men?
• Labour separation – hunters and gatherers
• Separation of men and women groups
The biological differences between men and women determine labour separation. Women as the bearer of life (children) must stay together to be safe and support each other.
Men have the archaic bodies to hunt. So they go hunting and doing the hard stuff like building and moving rocks whereas women fulfil easier chores like gathering and crafting useful things.
This separates people into men-groups and women-groups, each with its own spirit. Here we find again the polarity pattern between male and female but this time on a group level. Men are still defined as distinguished from women; they do what women are not able to accomplish.
How do initiation rites work?
• Prove yourself for manhood
• Boys become men
• Excluding – death – returning
To join the proud manhood, one has to prove that he’s worthy. He must undergo heavy initiation rites designed to test his strenght. Think of the spartan agoge, frat brotherhoods or military bootcamps. Here the boys become men and never go back. Their awareness of being different to women gets cemented.
Often initiation rites separate you from the family clan and force you to rituals where you figuratively die. Sometimes it’s a hard or painful task, confronting you with the feeling of dying. Then you get reborn. You return to the tribe as a proud man like a phoenix rising from ashes. Note another main principle of masculinity; To die and to get reborn with fresh power.
What does it mean for the manly role?
• Responsible for his bloodline
• Provider and hunter
• Building and constructing
• Working in man-groups
• Fighter and defender
• Keeper of traditions and wisdom
Now as the man counts as full grown-ass he carries the duty for continuing his bloodline. He grabs a fertile woman and establishes his family. With her help he transfers his spirit to his descendants for whom he will provide nourishment and safety.
His predatory instincts of the archaic time are still active. Conquering and killing other living beings now happens not out of impulses but as a conscious act to fill stomachs. But even as hunter he regards himself as a necessary part of nature. Today you find still plenty of men who like to hunt or to fish in their freetime to revive this feeling.
Being capable of doing hard work he performs the tasks women cannot. He builds houses and constructs weapons and traps. The masculine drive to build, to construct and to invent useful, practical stuff stems from this era. A man likes to use basic logic thinking to make plans for buildings, developing hunting strategies and survival techniques.
The intuitive man mainly works in man-groups where he recharges with collective masculine energy. Hunter-groups. Warrior-groups. Labour groups. His bloodline provides him with a sense of identity but in his man-groups he fulfils his role.
As a man you must self-evidently defend your clan & territory. You always have to make the land secure and fight predators and enemies. Man is defender.
As you ripe as a man, you get older and more respected for your wisdom and experiences. Grey hair is proof that you’ve been strong or clever enough to survive this heavy life. As an elder you take the highest rank in the clan. You’re like the source of life spirit of your tribe. So teaching, providing knowledge and being an inspiring light for your kinsmen comes naturally.
What’s animistic sexuality like?
• Men and women fulfil divided roles
• Procreation and fertility valued highly
• Mating follows rituals
• Committed partnership
As we’ve seen men and women fulfil divided roles. The woman takes household chores and fosters the kids whereas men roam the territory. Traditionally characteristic traits are kept separated for the sexes. This is pictured in the mating game as well.
As the bloodline continuation of the clan is most important, procreation and fertility is the only purpose of the mating traditions. Fertile traits are attractive, even in men. Besides muscular bodies and impressing genitals men are required to demonstrate their archaic survival ability. Don’t hide your good filled belly, it’s a sign of good nourishment. Your collection of skulls serves to be shown around like a trophy.
Remember, what was feared was the regression into the archaic stage, so men had to prove that they could handle drop-backs.
Today’s night clubs are full of mate-impressing rituals. Wear your best clothing and jewelry that shows you got the resources to feed kids. Let women swing their hips to rhythmic music so they can demonstrate you their sparkling fertility. Imagine a hook-up without dirty dancing. Unthinkable.
Wether you stole your bride or the marriage got arranged, the roles of men and women is clear. Also if you look at monogamic marriages, polygynic (one husband, several wifes) and polyandric (one wife, several husbands) ones the underlying pattern of men as provider stays the same.
The principle of committed partnership arose in this stage. For the secured survival of women and kids the men have to stay loyal to their partners. The tribe couldn’t afford an archaic drop-back of the men straying around, the survival of the whole group would be endangered. Instead of impulsively spreading one’s energy around a man was supposed to concentrate his ferocious power into his family. The masculine energy counts as core fountain of the family’s power.
Where do we find remains of animistic patterns?
• Animal „totem“ stuff
• Strong engines as part of themselves
• Men groups and brotherhoods
• Pride in ancestry (royal and rich families)
• Belonging to home country
• Being in nature and doing outdoor stuff
• Men like to build and craft
Now let’s find some animistic patterns that manifested in today’s manosphere.
Do you have tattoos? They satisfy the unconscious desire to get in touch with symbol-associated energy patterns. It’s like we could feel their power flowing though our veins.
Furthermore you demonstrate your strong sense for body power and express that boldly. Representing a strong, individual identity is a typical masculine trait.
The referal to energy patterns is also found in wearing leather boots and jackets. Shark teeth and fox fur around the neck should remind the wearer and everyone around that his affinity to his hunter spirit makes him the biggest predator in town.
Sit behind the wheel of a Mustang. Let howl the engine of your Harley. Do you feel the power you’re connected with? Men love loud and gutsy machines. By mastering a forceful engine you merge into it and become one single, mighty unit. It’s strenght becomes your strength. You’re becoming the beast.
Men groups are still a habitat for men like millenia ago. Visiting your favourite bar discussing menstuff with friends surely is usual for many. Look at frats and their initiation rituals combined with astronomic alcohol-annihilation capacities.
Brotherhoods of soldiers with bands stronger than anything imaginable. They identify with their unit and would die for their comrades. Every club or motorbike gang shows their badges, emblems and ensigns with pride.
Ever heard men bragging with their origin? Some people’s ancestors were aristocrats or they’re future heirs of family-riches. Let’em tell you their exact family tree and how their grandfather won the great war and stuff. Then dare to tell’em bloodline is not important.
Local patriotism is still a thing. You were raised in your home country, you made most of your life memories here and strongly animistic rooted man would defend his land with bloody violence. Look at separatistic movements and civil wars all around the world.
To wander through nature is a deep-rooted need and typical for men as testosterone-built bodies need a lot of movement. Alone in the woods everyone feels free. And a man feels like the biggest predator around, resonating with the ancestor’s hunter spirit thousands of years ago.
Building and crafting is still a typical manly sphere. Construction workers and mechanics mostly are men and even office guys often pursue crafty hobbies. You develop a plan and create something that didn’t exist before. Men love that. It gives you control over the matter.
What’s the point for me?
• Sense of belonging and security
• Animistic layer fuels provider instincts
• Avoid pathologies
Having this stage matured provides you with a certainty of belonging and security. It’s like the nourishing, stable roots of a tree. The feeling of safeness in your home country and secureness in your gatherings works like an expanding of your basic trust in life. You know where people are to rely on.
The masculine instincts of the animistic stage are quite important to lead a family. Basic manual home skills can save money and the ability to violently defend makes you be adored by your kids. And it’s also the layer where you develop a sense of solidarity and bonding to your children, fueling your provider instincts.
Uncompletely riped animistic stages can lead to pathologies like chronic anxiety, feeling rootless or sexual fixations on body appearances.
Don’t over-identify with your football club. Think of crazy fan mobs who go wild in the championship season and start punch-ups. Similar to tribal spirits clashing together. Don’t become superstitious just because you believe everything around you is filled with energy and spirits. Recognize the useful traits of the intuitive man and integrate’em in a healthy way.
We want to keep this in your head so let me summarise quickly the animistic masculinity for you.
• Identifying with your family
• Guarding and keeping traditions
• Belonging to a core men-group
• Separating yourself from women
• Building and constructing
• Merge with matter and machines
• Hunting and defending
• Valueing fertile traits
Don’t forget to check out the cheat sheet covering intuitive masculinity.
We’re done for today. Next week we have a look at the violent layer of masculinity. Let’s dive into the sphere of gladiators and mercyless gangsters.