Comments on Goddess Cultures
What struck you about the video depicting ancient Goddess-centered cultures (The Goddess Remembered)?
That the women’s time (Goddess era) was more peaceful – more fair, egalitarian, fair to the earth – why haven’t we got back there more? Also, what they were talking about in 1989 is also going on now – economics, warfare, capitalism, “domination culture".
Interesting they were talking about the ecological aspect of things – now that’s talked about a lot more – almost a trendy thing – they popularized it – so now “going green" is a slogan. They made their point enough that it’s mainstream. The serpent was a symbol of the goddess – that was interesting.
The snake goddess – seemed like it was a phallic symbol in how they were held – the male symbols seemed to be circumcised – and this was before Abraham. Why did they focus on Crete and Malta and Greece, rather than other places in the world? Also, in Western/Christian culture sex is seen as “bad".
How the images of women from very ancient times to more historic times – the images carry the same energy / power of femininity / womanhood – this same energy seems to be present in the contemporary women at the table (in the video).
In the book, womanhood seems to be tied to having children – then how would women who were childless be seen?
The whole serpent as a symbol of goddess is interesting – because when Biblical times began, it was a symbol of Satan – anything where Goddess/female was revered was rewritten and vilified – in Greece, the Amazon was an image that was seen as negative (women’s power seen as negative).
Question about the assumption of “women’s time" – in other cultures, there have been egalitarian societies closer to our own time – (some Native American cultures, as an example) – and in cultures where shamanistic spirituality exist, this power isn’t limited to either gender – historically, this understanding of women’s spiritual gifts was lost in Western culture.
All of these Goddess figures – were they related? Were these cultures in touch with each other, interconnected?