The Link Between Mythology and Conception.
--March 27, 2011
You know these images
at a glance, but did you know they depict the same phenomenon?
To the left, produced
by an electron microscope, we observe the moment of conception. The adjacent
image, produced by the overwrought imagination of the ancient Greeks, goes by the name “Medusa.” The theory under discussion identifies both images as attempts to record the same event: human conception at the cellular level.
The theory of Zygomnesis,
a word deriving from “zygote” and “mnesis,” and suggestive of “zygotic memory,” proposes
that the photograph and the drawing are both attempts to record the moment of conception, one intentionally, the other unconsciously. The human zygote, as a single fertilized
cell, retains of record of its creation; that record, in later life accessed by the human neurological system, emerges into dream,
reverie and thought as highly distorted and embellished narratives (ovum becomes a “woman’s severed head;”
thrashing sperm cells are replaced with snakes). As myth (Medusa and Perseus),
as liturgy (the pre-Islamic Hajj); as artifact (Our Lady of Guadalupe on tilma); and as sacred scripture (Genesis), zygomnesis
continues to obtrude without restraint. Sometimes, we whisper of it to our own
children as stories of valiant Princes and “Sleeping Beauties.” Time
to wake up.