"With every stage of technological culture relevant mythologies develop. With the Neolithic Revolution came a completely new complex of myths and symbols associated with the cultivation of plants and animals. Likewise, we find the origin of many myths in the discovery of metallurgy. The central metaphor is this: metals 'grow' in the womb of the earth. Ore that is extracted from caves and mines is a sort of 'embryo' and must be 'ripened'. The skill of the metallurgist is likened to the wisdom of Mother Earth, that is, to the feminine powers of gestation. It has a sacred knowledge; it is knowledge that transforms."


Published in: ‘De Re Metalica’, CIDEM, Turin, 1994.