Goddess History – Quick Version

In ancient times, the initial concept of a higher being was feminine. Most societies worshipped the Goddess, the Great Mother, creator, provider, and sustainer. Civilization was matriarchal, however, there is little archaeological evidence that the female members of these societies held themselves superior overVenus von Willendorf their male counterparts. Humankind was in harmony with nature. The women had the common sense not to become drunk with power and abusive. Generally Goddess worship had been balanced with the honoring of both the male and the female.

Eventually, as societies became less agrarian and more technological, the Goddess was replaced with a mighty but wrathful male god figure, and the ensuing cultural programming of patriarchy separated human beings from the biological reality of the natural world. Thus, the masculine attributes of aggression, greed, and hyper-competitiveness became exaggerated and dominant while the feminine characteristics of giving, nurturing and creativity of the species were repressed. As a result, there arose a violent and pathological imbalance in the culture. This was reflected in the devaluation and gross abuse of women in the culture at large, and the replacement of the feminine values of peace and cooperation by that wayward male ego–manifesting itself in excessive competition, domination and needless violence. Over the years, men accumulated power and wealth without giving proper regard to the consequences. People began dying from heart disease and respiratory illnesses, brought on by psycological stress and environmental degradation. Sadly, in this dark age of declining cultural values concepts such as justice, equality, human rights, and common sense disappeared.

We are now into a time where women are reclaiming their rightful place as equals in society. It is our responsibility as worldly Goddesses to restore health, harmony, and respect as the cornerstone of our cultures.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sarah rlk
    May 17, 2008 @ 16:16:50

    Aren’t there a few good qualities that are “male”? Perhaps both gods and goddesses can be honored and honor each other. Both/and rather than either/or.

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  2. Lisa
    May 17, 2008 @ 16:54:50

    Oh, I hope I did not paint a picture of myself as a man-hating feminist. I am a man lover! Of course there are so many male qualities that I and society honor. But the point here is that we need to bring back a balance between those male qualities that have always been viewed as positive and desirable, (even those that are not actually) and the female qualities that have been devalued over time. When you have a scale, such as the scale of justice that is unbalanced, there is a need to add more weight to the side that is up and/or remove weight from the side that is down to achieve a balance between those two sides. We need to balance the male and female by giving more weight to the female at this point in time.

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