[Gina Lollobrigida as Queen Sheba]
Although standards of female beauty have varied over the ages and from place to place, one of the common estimates of fertility and desirability in women is commonly taken to be when the ratio of the waist to the hips is in the realm of 6 to 9 or 7 to 9. This is the common ratio in Africa and Europe, in the Orient the ratio is more like 8 to 9 because the degree of physical differentiation between the sexes is less. In Oceana and in the Americas, women are shaplier again (one of the commonly-noted contrasts between Eastern-Asiatics and Americans or Oceanics) A woman with a waist at 24 inches and hips at 36 inches has a ratio of 6 to 9. And although Neolithic Goddess figures regularly honor a portly matron as ruler (often enthroned), there is a consistent representation of the more shapley younger women as well (See Nile Goddess at upper right)
|Triple Goddess, Arabian Version|
Now what occurs to me is that the standard measurements of the Atlantean realm started out being basically women's measures and especially based on the cloth yard. Originally a cloth yard measured out enough to go around the hips and make a simple sarong-type skirt. Later that hip-girdle measurement of 36 inches became the common unit of measure. This was independantly of the Megalithic Yard which was used by men in construction. Presumably the 36 inch girdle is the magic girdle of Venus (She is also associated with nets)
That the 18 inch thigh garter equals the later cubit commonly used in Egypt and the Bible requires little more comment. However since we are on the subject of ropes and knots, it also seems to me that the Atlanteans had use of the Peruvian accounting system done by knotted strings or Quipus. This would be most useful in the Agrarian stage of development when they had something of a Socialistic system later mirrored in Egypt and Peru: goods would be stockpiled at a central location and shared out to all of the inhabitants of the land. Plato's description of Atlantis hints at this, and the central circle-city was meant to be the commercial hub. The story also definitely specifices a carefully subdivided and fully administrative state in control of the "Great plain of Atlantis" Needless to say, few of the alternately suggested locations ever showed any indication of this political and economic organization.
|The Quipu Code|
|A Sumerian Talent Weight|
|Worth Her Weight in Gold|