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Thus, mathematics in that crucial moment of cultural mutation
met the earlier-known mystery of biological death
and generation, and the two joined. The lunar rhythm of the
womb had already given notice of a correspondence between celestial
and terrestrial circumstance. The mathematical law
now united both. And so it is that, in all of these mythologies,
the principle of *maat, me, dharma,* and *tao*,
which in the Greek tradition became *moira*, was mythologically
felt and represented as female. The awesome, wonderfully mysterious
Great Mother... is equally represented in the heavens above,
in the earth beneath, in the waters under the earth, and in the
womb. And the law of her generative rhythm was represented for
the entire ancient world in those units and multiples of 60 of the old Sumerian
sexagesimal arithmetic, which had caught the measure at once
of time and of space. 15 |