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Women & Religion. The Goddess Cultures. The political, economic, social and religious foundation of matriarchal society was the agricultural year. Fostered a cyclical view of life birth, death, re-birth The Great Goddess or Mother Goddess personified Mother Earth as is the supreme deity.

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women religion

Women & Religion

The Goddess Cultures

the great goddess
The political, economic, social and religious foundation of matriarchal society was the agricultural year.

Fostered a cyclical view of life birth, death, re-birth

The Great Goddess or Mother Goddess personified Mother Earth as is the supreme deity

The Great Goddess
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To survive societies need to produce both children and food

They worshiped the Great Goddess to receive these blessings

All women are considered daughters of the great goddess, are highly valued and hold important positions including the head of family

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During the Paleolithic period, the art forms are directly associated with the stone and bone industries Cave paintings with animals and statuettes of women, often pregnant--have been found suggesting the practice of hunting and fertility rituals
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The annual King
  • Transformation of ritual
  • Reinterpretations and emergence of Patriarchy
ancient egypt
Isis is associated with the star Sirius, rising just before the flooding of the Nile and was seen as a bringer of fertilityAncient Egypt
mesopotamia
Ishtar is a goddess of fertility, love, and war. In the Babylonian religion she "was the divine personification of the planet Venus".[Mesopotamia
indo iranian religion
Ushas is an exalted divinity and the medium of the awakening, the activity and the growth of the other gods; she is the first condition of realization

By her increasing illumination the whole nature of man is clarified; through her humans arrives at the truth

Indo-Iranian religion
graeco roman religion
Hera's importance in the early archaic period is attested by the large building projects in her honor.

The temples of Hera, were the very earliest monumental Greek temples constructed, in the 8th century BC.

Was originally the goddess of a matriarchal people, presumably inhabiting Greece before the Hellenes.

Graeco-Roman religion
celtic religion
Brigantia "high, lofty, elevated". Meaning "the high goddess".

Associated with Spring, plants, animals and fertility

Celtic religion
hinduism
Devi, the mother goddess.

one presiding female force, one in truth and many in expression, giving the world and the cosmos the energy for motion.

Hinduism
hawaiian
Haumea

a goddess of fertility and childbirth in Hawaiian tradition

Hawaiian
dineh
Changing Woman

Creates the dineh nation by rubbing her body

Gives birth to twin heros

Dineh
lakotah
Lakotah
  • White Buffalo Woman
the woman s bible
Woman's Bible, written by famous 19th Century feminist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a "Revising Committee", is one of the first attempts by women to evaluate the Judeo-Christian legacy and its impact on women through history. The Woman's Bible
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Stanton concluded that 'the Bible in its teachings degrades Women from Genesis to Revelation'.
  • However she and the other contributors found much to admire in the Bible, particularly some of the Old Testament women.
  • While many of her views are still controversial, time and advances in womens' rights have lessened some of the shock value of this book.
  • Stanton doesn't go as far as some modern feminist theologians and proclaim 'God is a woman', but there are several contributions which discuss the gender of the 'Elohim' and the female aspects of the Kabbalah.