PART III “Aggiornate” Missionary Voices
9. Primitive Societies Are Closer to the Ideal.
From the aforementioned book by Rose Marie Muraro:
“The world of domination [today’s society] condemns nearly everything that might make man happy or feel pleasure: Good food, good drink, sex, substances which can augment his area of perception …
“The great majority of primitive societies, however, were much closer to their humanity with their sacred dances, their sexual permissiveness, their magic rituals, their emotional unity with nature. Thus, they possessed a psychic and physical equilibrium which we are rediscovering now and only now” (Doc. 7. P. 57).
10. Eulogy of Indian Nudity, “Global and Natural”
From the same book by Rose Marie Muraro:
“In primitive society … nudity is a form of adaptation to life and not merely the result of not knowing how to make clothes …
“The child becomes accustomed to nudity from the moment of birth. At each moment he has contact with global nudity ….
“The civilized world is a world of divisions and barriers; since we were born, our clothes separate us from our body just as in childhood the walls of the school separate children of different ages and sex, just as the walls of offices, departments, and factories separate human beings of different classes…
“In Western society, then, the difference between the sexes concerns only differences in clothing, roles, and privileges. But in the society where the differences between the sexes is based on physical characteristics, the infant becomes himself profoundly and unconsciously through his sex … [sic]
“Moreover, erotic and clandestine nudity is the fruit of the denial of the body.
Global and natural nudity, once accepted, opens the way for the acceptance of oneself and the world in a manner still unknown to us” (Doc. 7, pp. 62-63,66).
Indian nudity, so censured by traditional catechists, is seen through rosecolored glasses by the “aggiornati”, and hence they attack our present civilization anew.
What becomes of the passage in the Scripture that considers the shame of nudity to be a consequence of original sin? “And they were both naked: to wit, Adam and his wife: and were not ashamed” (Gen. 2,25) – before the sin. Immediately afterward, they were ashamed to see themselves naked. And God approved of this shame, making clothes for them (Gen. 3,21).