Guest Post: His-Story Vs. Her-Story

untitled3Is our view of history one-sided?

Of course.

Not only do the winners write the history, but for thousands of years were written by men.

For example, Victorian archeologists were so repulsed by goddess and fertility images, that they were boxed away in museum storage units. The majority of figurines uncovered in archeological history, so far, have been female.

Zeus was Gaia’s grandson, yet he overcame the Titans and proclaimed himself king of the gods. However, Hecate – a Titan and goddess – was honored and kept her titles and power. Even Demeter, whose daughter Persephone was abducted by Hades, convinced Zeus to reverse his approval of the kidnapping.

untitledMany historians believe religion shifted from primary goddess-worship, to a supreme god ruling with goddesses worshiped alongside the males, and finally to a complete patriarchal system of one god-male.

Some might believe this is far-fetched. However, modern day cannot be used to decipher ancient times when science was unheard of – and everything was magic. No one knew how or why women got pregnant and gave birth. They didn’t know about ovulation or fertile days, so how did they explain how coupling didn’t always produce offspring? Women were thought of as powerful and magical.

The myths and stories emerged of gods like Apollo defeating the Python – a serpent or earth-dragon of Delphi and servant of the goddess Gaia. Once Apollo killed the snake, he dedicated the Oracle and Temple of Delphi under his name.  untitled2

Even the Garden of Eden in the Bible has several goddess symbols. The serpent/snake had long been an emblem of the goddess. Asherah was thought to be connected to the Tree of Life. Raphael Patai, in his study of this Hebrew goddess, has calculated that “the statue of Asherah was present in the temple for no less than 236 years, two-thirds of the time the Solomonic temple stood in Jerusalem.” This worship, he asserts, was part of the legitimate religion approved and led by the king, the court, and the priesthood”.(Patai.1990: 38) So is it possible that the Garden of Eden story was created to put down not only the goddess and goddess worship, but her priestesses and women?

El Shaddai, one of the Hebrew words for god, translates literally as ‘many-breasted one’ or ‘double-breasted one.’  Wisdom is personified as feminine in the Bible as well.untitled1

When I discovered all of this history, I wondered if the accounts of the Bible, of people worshiping the goddess and refusing to bow to one male god – were not the minority as the stories would have us believe – but the primary religion of that time?

St. Peter’s Basillica demolished pagan and goddess alters to build on their sacred grounds. Many churches were built on top of or incorporated pagan temples.

Archeology and even the Bible, hint at a time when women were revered and the goddess was worshiped.

How different would the world be if the majority of the population worshiped a loving, nurturing, protective goddess?

 

Bibliography
Nadja Weilert – When God was a Girl – BBC Documentary
When God was a Woman by Merlin Stone
http://www.asphodel-long.com/html/asherah.html
http://goodnewsinc.net/wisdom/shaddai.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianised_sites

Bio:
KarinArya Karin strives to write resilient women—or women who break away from abusive relationships or circumstances to find their inner strength and love. She celebrates the goddess in all women and encourages others to embrace love rather than violence.

During summers, Arya used to sneak into her mom’s stash of romance novels and read them. As an adult, she found erotic and erotica novels not only sexually freeing, but engaging. Writing erotica and erotic romance as Arya Karin liberates her to explore characters and stories to their fullest passion.

www.aryakarin.com

 

New Ardent Books author Arya Karin brings something for the readers with a guest post.  Arya was one of the entries in our Scorching Stories contest whose book I read and had to have as a solid followup to Blue Remy’s first Ardent Books release.

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