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Barbie

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Buerkle, Jennifer (buerklej.fl.us)
Wed, 03 Feb 1999 15:38:04 -0500


I don't usually forward this kind of thing, but not only is this funny, I
think with maybe a few changes it might be useful in teaching about
anthropology in our art programs!

In the year 5000, historians will seek to patch together traces of the
past, to discover what life was like in today's current era. Here's one
humorous view of what they might find:

We are proud to announce that archaeologists have made a major
discovery explaining religious practice in the 1990's, over three
thousand years ago!

These discoveries help us better understand the myths and Traditions
which have been handed down over the years, and still survive today
within the popular cult of the Goddess Barbie. This tradition is one
of the fastest growing groups of modern-day Goddess worship.

Archaeologists have discovered that Barbie worship dates back to
ancient times. Figures of the Goddess Barbie have been unearthed,
preserved in their images of Barbie in a material known as plastic.
It was known at the time that plastic did not decay to the elements
over time and was nearly everlasting! Because of this, it is obvious
to our research team that those items made of plastic were held in
the highest regard by the ancient culture of the 1990's. They surely
wanted to preserve these items for eternity!

Research shows that ancient priestesses of Barbie were initiated at a
very young age. The initiation ceremony involved a complex litany
which lasted several weeks, usually prior to the Winter Solstice.
Young daughters would chant at length to their parents, repeating
over and over the praises of Barbie, stating their desires for the
Goddess to enter their lives. While these chants varied from priestess
to priestess, the words "I Want" are common to many of the evocations.

Later, after initiation, additional chants focused on a wide variety of
magical tools and altar accessories used by the Goddess Barbie in
Her temple.

Images of the Goddess Barbie show Her in many aspects. For example,
She was portrayed as a Solar Deity in Her Malibu Barbie aspect.
This explains the modern-day custom of Barbie worshippers donning
colored glasses and anointing themselves with special protective
lotions to celebrate the Summer Solstice!

It is known that ancient religions sometimes masked their Deities
within the Saints of ancient Catholicism. Researchers are certain this
explains the name used for an ancient west coast village known as
Santa Barbara, perhaps a Mecca for Barbie worshippers.

Each Barbie figurine also held strange numerical markings, $24.99.
This explains the current custom where Barbie worshippers tattoo
themselves with this number! It was obviously the number most
sacred to the Goddess. The $ symbol was used in many ways
by the ancient culture, and was considered both a scourge and salute
to religious society.

It was also discovered that ancient Barbie had a consort known as
Ken. Close examination of plastic Ken figures explain why today's
modern Barbie worshippers allow only eunuchs to participate in
religious rites, with no other males allowed. Since many fewer Ken
figures were found, we can assume that the ancient Barbie worshippers
were a matriarchal tradition.

Our team of linguistic researchers have determined through study
of the ancient language that Ken was renowned in many parts of
the world. This explains the origins of ancient places like Kenya,
Kentucky and even the variation of Canada.

An in-depth study of the Ken mythos also links Him to the ancient
clan known as Kennedy. Note the amazing facial similarities! Stories
surrounding this ancient Kennedy cult seem to be a unique mixture
of the "slain God" stories (similar to the Egyptian Osiris) and the
revelry of the Roman Bacchus. This seems to fit all three aspects of
the Triple Kennedy myth.

Other research shows a related figure, an ancient warrior God known
as GI Joe. Since GI Joe had no known female consort, and was also a
eunuch, it is obvious that both Joe and Ken competed for the Goddess
Barbie. One theory links this to the surviving Oak King/Holly King
myths of earlier times.

Researchers also uncovered other mythical characters, known as
Shakespeare, Einstein, Gandhi, and Ralph Nader. But since the
ancient culture held these in much lower relative importance than
Barbie, they obviously were mere minor demigods of the era. We
are thrilled to have discovered these Old ways, since they shed
light upon many unexplained traditions of today. We can use this
clear view of history to put our present-day customs in perspective!

After this significant success in discovering the ancient Barbie
myths, our archaeological efforts have been approved for additional
funding to research the ancient Ninja Turtle myths as well. Since
many plastic artifacts of the Ninja Turtles have been found in
North America, perhaps they are linked to the ancient Native
American cultures of Turtle Island? Only time will tell.


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