This tradition origin dates back to the time of ancient Greeks and Romans who held festivals to honour the mother goddesses
Rhea and Cybele.
Some of the exhibits depicting the womanhood are 'Virasati' (commemorating a woman warrior from 13th century AD); a textile installation (of the female genital) by new-age artist Mrinalini Mukherjee; an 18th-century wooden sculpture of a squatting woman giving birth to a baby; the Mother Goddesses
from Harappa; demoness Putana suckling Krishna; Mallinatha (the Jain woman ascetic); Saptamatrika or The Seven Mothers (a 2nd or 3rd century AD terracotta work from Patna Museum); and Surasundaris (a celebration of the body).
Because of this the text is organised by fifteen major themes: creation, the pantheons, the supreme being, mother goddesses
, the world of the gods, the sun, moon and stars, the gods in love, weather gods, the rainbow, messengers of the gods, tricksters, the underworld, demons and 'other supernatural beings' that are not gods which include personifications of natural phenomena (rivers, trees etc), mankind itself (body parts and human attributes such as death, dreams or self-sacrifice), gifts from the gods (love, music etc), animals, symbolic substances (gold, salt, honey), heroes (including miraculous births and monstrous foes), and quests, journeys and epics.
Among the Goddesses" is a blend of epic poem and Libretto, as Annie Finch tells the story of Marie and Lily as they experience all the tragedy and triumph that comes with womanhood, looking to the mother goddesses
that predate Christianity for guidance in the most trying of times.
The twelve consist of the Eight Mother Goddesses (Ashtamgtrika) with the addition of a shrine each belonging to Bhairava, Kumar, Ganesh and Siddhilakshmi (Table 1).
The Eight Mother Goddesses (Ashtamatrika) are worshipped everywhere around the Kathmandu valley as manifestations of Devi, the Goddess, the city of Bhaktapur can be neatly divided into nine sectors corresponding to the Eight Mother Goddesses plus a ninth, central goddess, that are situated at Power-Places around its perimeter (cf.
Rajkumar (some of which appear in this selection), the references to the regional folk religion require not simply an understanding of the various names of the mother goddesses
he lists but an easy sense of comfort within the folk culture described--rather like wearing a cotton sari as if it is part of one's skin and not a costume.
Yes, there are, in many devotions to Mary, echoes of devotions to the great mother goddesses
Ancient carved figurines of women have long attracted speculation as possible fertility symbols, mother goddesses
, gynecological teaching devices, or even Stone Age erotica.
If he is not mother, neither in the last resort is he father, in the quasi-biological sense in which the mother goddesses are mother.
The struggle of Israel against the mother goddesses, today widely thought of as a victory of patriarchy over matriarchy, was in essence something far more profound, even if not all its implications were apparent at the time.
Figurines collectively termed Mother Goddesses
or Venuses emanate from various regions and span an immense time-depth from the Palaeolithic to the Bronze Age and into historical periods, with considerable variability in form, style, decoration and context.