i mean god there could be a great conversation there about the strategy and carnage of war and the performance of it; the fear in the enemy when the sun strikes the white samite, the worshiping footsoldiers; the religion of war within the state
Yesss. And I mean this ties into why I am so excited about Vikings, because I am fascinated by warrior cultures and how they use the performance of war as an almost religious experience; bringing them closer to the divine, and therefore because they are the best warriors, they are elite among humans and more deserving of conquering and victory and glory? That kind of (oft-hubristic) sheer, force-of-will arrogance is like narrative catnip to me.
Then you think about how that might translate into a matriarchal society (and is the world generally matriarchal, or just that one society, in which case it would have to be overtly, extremely performatively warrior-like). Would there still be that tendency to oppress and expand? To erase utterly the existence of the ideological other? For wars to exist, the hierarchical structure has to be just as strong, to facilitate the throwing away of human lives both your own and those of others, but would it have developed/be maintained in the same ways traditional patriarchal modes of monarchical/military power structures are maintained? For one, I think there would be less bureaucracy, less male-ego fuelling the incompetence of opaqueness and shit-rolling-down-hill where officers are never blamed and information never truly accurate because they’re scared of looking bad? I feel like there would be much more brutal, open communication and personal bonds between the officer echelons and their superiors that allowed for wars to be run more efficiently, more competently, without so much damaging personal pride/ego involved?
And yes, how religion would tie into it; how men generally make themselves religious (warrior-priests, priest-kings, using the word of god to back them, performing being religious), while women would be more likely to make themselves divine? To take divinity into their flesh and function as part-embodiments of the holy? Depending on how the society’s evolved, I’m thinking in part like using the tendency of men to put women on pedestals and making that a religious experience of which the women are in control? Or the ruling echelon of women anyway.
And the theatre of war, in a warrior culture, in a monarchy where wars are the means to kingdom, would be a huge part of that. Performing glory and streaming banners and beauty as a terror tactic.
There are all kinds of different ways it could go, I’m just talking about what first comes into my head, but the beauty of it is that the society and its matriarchal ideologies and power structures could have evolved any number of ways. We’re not even getting into how it might affect gender binaries and sexuality and the performance and status thereof.