The primal Akkadians were, according to Rudolf Steiner, the sixth subrace on ancient Atlantis. The preceding fifth subrace, the primal Semites, had begun to develop combinative thinking, but this was at the expense of the domination of the life force, which was still very widespread at that time.
„The people of the sixth sub-race (the Akkadians) formed the thinking power even further than the fifth. They differed from the so-called primal Semites in that they used the aforementioned faculty in a more comprehensive sense than the latter. - It has been said that the development of the power of thought did not allow the claims of the selfish personality to have the devastating effects which were possible in the earlier races, but that these claims were not destroyed by it. The primal Semites at first regulated their personal relations in such a way as their power of thought gave them. Cleverness took the place of mere desires and appetites. Other living conditions arose. Whereas previous races were inclined to recognise as leaders those whose deeds were deeply imprinted on the memory or who could look back on a life of rich recollection, now such a role was assigned to the wise. And if before that what lived in good memory was authoritative, now that was considered the best which was the most obvious to the mind. Under the influence of memory, one used to hold on to a thing until it was found to be insufficient, and then, in the latter case, it followed of its own accord that he who was in a position to remedy a defect would succeed with an innovation. Under the influence of the power of thought, however, a desire for innovation and change developed. Everybody wanted to carry through what his intelligence gave him. Troubled conditions therefore began among the fifth sub-race, and in the sixth they led to the feeling of the need to bring the wayward thinking of the individual under general laws. The splendour of the states of the third sub-race was based on the fact that common memories brought about order and harmony. In the sixth sub-race, this order had to be brought about by devised laws. Thus it is in this sixth sub-race that one must look for the origin of legal and legislative systems.
- And during the third sub-race the segregation of a group of men only happened when they were, as it were, forced out of their community because they no longer felt at ease within the conditions existing by memory. In the sixth it was essentially different. The calculating power of thought sought the new as such, it spurred on ventures and new foundations. Therefore, the Akkadians were an enterprising people, inclined to colonisation. In particular, trade had to give nourishment to the young burgeoning power of thought and judgement.“ (Lit.:GA 11, p. 41f)
- Rudolf Steiner: Cosmic Memory, translated by Karl E. Zimmer, Harper & Row Publishers 1981, ISBN 0-06-067572-1 rsarchive.org
- Rudolf Steiner: Aus der Akasha-Chronik, GA 11 (1986), ISBN 3-7274-0110-9 English: rsarchive.org German: pdf pdf(2) html mobi epub archive.org
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- ↑ The term subrace originates from the terminology used by the Theosophical Society at that time and was later no longer used by Rudolf Steiner, just like the term "root race". Steiner repeatedly pointed out that the term "race" is actually no longer justified in the post-Atlantean period, since now it is no longer the physical but the soul-spiritual development that comes to the fore. The division of humanity into races will gradually be completely overcome and is already meaningless for the spiritual development of humanity.