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A Historical PerspectiveJanuary 25, 2003
Published under: What is a Warrior Priestess?
Whenever I hear references made to Greece being the cradle of our civilization — or when someone mentions the European Renaissance ushering in our modern era — I’m reminded of another part of our history. A part that’s almost never mentioned — that’s kept hidden in our collective shadow.
There was a time long ago when feminine wisdom was supported — and, the Goddess was revered. Her wisdom was taught to men and women in the mystery school traditions throughout the ancient world. And these matriarchal cultures flourished for countless millennia. (Matriarchally-based cultures worshipped the Mother Goddess as the supreme deity. Both men and women ruled during these times.)
Beginning around 1200 B.C. (and continuing to about 800 B.C.) Greece was overrun by barbarian warriors who brought with them their new patriarchal vision. And so began the suppression and co-optation of the goddess religions in Greece.
The assault on the feminine continued through Roman times and during the early Christian era. And, then we had 500+ years of gynocide during the Inquisition (beginning in the 12th Century) and the witchcraft persecutions. Millions of women were put to death — and this was sanctioned by the Church.
This is the actual backdrop to our march toward civilization. Many were left behind. Its part of our collective past experience — and yes, its mostly held in our shadows. No wonder women and men are so reticent about re-discovering the feminine.
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