"Matter" comes from the root word "Mater" or "Mother" and is Ultimately the "Great Mother" which gives form to all of Creation and consequently has historically been legitimately worthy of the highest respect and veneration.
Sadly over recent centuries the role of "Matriarchy" in many circles has been an object of denigration.
The denial and rejection of "Matter" constitutes the ultimate psychological sin violating the injunction to: "Honor thy Father and thy Mother" and is the reason why the "Veneration of Ancestors" is so important in the East.
One can only hope that at the Dawn of the 21st Century that the utterly majestic role of The Feminine will be more widely embraced and Understood. ~Lewis Lafontaine
Image: Artemis of Ephesus - Great Mother Goddess