Zygomnesis is the psychic urge to proclaim that the incipient moment of life
is the most important moment of life. In the fertile crescent, the proclamation came in the form of a pilgrimage
for millions of Arabs from a time before Mohammed, indeed, before history itself.
THE RACE FOR LIFE
The goal of the Hajj before Mohammed (and to this very day) is to reach the Kaaba and, if truly
fortunate, to touch the Hajar Aswad or Black Stone which was placed in the wall by the Master himself. The
goal of every one of the 150 to 350 million male sex cells ejaculated into the female reproductive tract is to reach the egg
and, if fortune smiles, to be the single sperm to breach the wall and fuse with the nucleus of the now mature ovum.
And so the egg is recreated, writ large, by the unmistakeable circle of worshipers we see in
If the faithful themselves recreate the egg in the formation of massive
concentric circles about the central site, what is the meaning of the cube?
With the stone placed in its wall by the last of the Prophets himself, it is the moment of absolute
being, the creation point, the origin of life itself.
Pre-Islamic Hajj (continued)