Paul says in Corinthians 15; "Fool! That which thou sowest is not quickened except it die; and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain; but God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. All flesh is not the same flesh; but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes and another of birds." Paul's biology lesson reflects the cutting edge scientific knowledge of his time. And he is not wrong. All living organisms are composed of organic compounds. All matter has come from the remains of once-living organisms and their waste products in the environment. Basic structures are created from cellulose, tannin, cutin, as well as proteins, lipids and sugars. In life, organisms secrete or excrete materials such as faeces into soils, shed body parts such as leaves and, after it expires, its body begins to decompose by a process of bacterial and fungal action.
The dependence of life on the death of a previous living being is illustrated by the ancient mythology of the Nile inundation. Death is personified by the goddess Maut which means to become one with the Great Mother. Upon death, the soul merges with the Great Mother Maut and becomes nourishment for the people through her effluence - the Nile River inundation.The ancient Egyptians knew that organic matter in the form of once living creatures, was the sustenance required for the next cycle of life. Hydrology, the study of the movement, distribution and quality of water is from the Sabean Hadhramaut. The Greek Hydra (water serpent) derived from Hadhramaut and associated with artesian water sources, was an ancient serpent-like water beast, with huge fangs and many heads. This myth is more ancient than the Argos and told of the entrance to the underworld with the Hydra as its guardian. The death of the Hydra evinced the botanical lesson of the rhizome; when separated into pieces, each piece may be able to give rise to a new plant. And like the rhizome, the weakness of the Hydra was that it was invulnerable only if it retained at least one head. After Hercules slew the Hydra, each tooth was planted and spawned a new being.
It is easy to see why the female reproductive system was compared to a serpent. In eastern religions, the Kundalini snake lies coiled at the base of the spine. It is depicted as either a goddess or sleeping serpent and its libidinal force or Shakti is instinctive and powerful. The female womb is the sacred space and is guarded by an aspect of the serpent - much like the Hydra guards the entrance to the underworld. This protector is the Goddess of the Tooth (and sometimes claw). Her fierce attributes not only protects the sacred space but is also responsible for devouring the previous season's growth. She is Kali, the sharp fangs of the Great Mother and is depicted as black. Legends say her dark countenance is a result of her genesis before there was light.
The European Sheela na gig serves an apotropaic function for entrances to sacred spaces. She warned a largely illiterate populace that lustful acts have consequences. Her exposed genitalia is informing the viewer that the sacred space one is about to enter is guarded by the fangs of the serpent. The lifting of the skirt became a folkloric expression of the Sheela na gig in Medieval Europe. Also, anasyrma or "mooning" may be related to the same ancient myth
It would seem counter-intuitive that the Goddess of the Tooth should be black. After all, ivory is a synonym for white. To discover the origin of the black serpents tooth one must return to the first known depiction of the serpent Nagas at Catalhoyuk. Here the black goddess is a crone of advanced age. She sits at the fork of two volcanic mountains where the earth extrudes lava (nagas). Aged lava is obsidian and can be flaked to achieve a razor sharp edge. Obsidian is the serpents tooth that protects the sacred space of the underworld. It is also the devourer of antiquity, used to dress game, open bones to expose marrow and, ultimately, in warfare. Obsidian is the technology that transformed the ancient world. It is the Sanskrit Nagas snake extruded from the earth's core. Nagas may be derived from the Naas of the Naassene before the gayin lost the glottal stop of "G". A woman that bares the black coloring of the serpent's tooth is surely a virgin. Her protection is visible for all to see.
Nagas, therefore, should be the paleo word for "lava" but it is not. Nagas is cognate to "gnaw" - biting but not eating. Biting away at a nugget of obsidian releases the sharp tooth of the serpent from the lava. "Gnathic" means to be related to the jaw but is not describing eating or chewing. "Gnat" is an insect that seems to exist for the sole purpose of biting. "Gnash" and "gash" are also related. The gnashing of teeth may have originally described the process of knapping obsidian. To ancient humans, functionality was surely the most meaningful attribute of language design.
It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic,
Of all things physical and metaphysical,
Of all things human and all things super-human,
Of all true manifestations of the head,
Of the heart, of the soul,
That the life is recognizable in its expression,
That form ever follows function. This is the law.
- Louis Sullivan