To Understand Were We Are Part 2

We Have To Know Where We’ve Been

 

In the new “Father” based religious practices, men, were the son’s of God, made in his image, to rule over all the living things on the earth. The concept of possession rather than partnership shaped man’s relationship with women and sexuality. Wives and daughters became chattel to be utilized and exploited for personal or financial benefit. In this time period a new word entered the Egyptian language, a word that meant both “wife” and “slave.”

Sex ceased being a sacred rite and was gradually taken out of the temple and separated from religion.  Subjugated women were often forced in to secular prostitution to serve their conquerors.  Stories of the Amazons, women who resisted the new order come down to us as the myths. The defeat of the Amazons is a recurrent theme in Greek literature and artwork from around 500 B.C.E.

The Gnostic gospels of early Christianity tell of a more benevolent, egalitarian view of the feminine. In these gospels Mary Magdalene, is acknowledged as an apostle, and by some interpretations, consort, of Jesus. Gnostic Christians recognized the right of both sexes to participate and lead worship. In early ceremonies, menstrual blood is once again a sacrament, and Tantric practices expressed Divine love. Gnostic Priestesses were honored with the sacred name of Magdalene.

Peaceful coexistence with the new religion and the Devine Feminine was not to last long. As the early Christian sects became absorbed into more hierarchal forms of worship, the feminine aspect of the Christian mysteries was expunged. By 400 A.D.E., under uncompromising male leadership, Christianity had metamorphosed into THE CHURCH. Powerful Councils used their influence to defame all practices relating to sacred cycles.  The doctrine of cyclic reincarnation, the observation or celebration of lunar cycles and ceremonies concerning woman’s personal menstrual cycle were all outlawed as heresies.

Excerpted with permission:

Goddess of Wonder, Goddess of Light, by Leslie C. Botha and H. Sandra Chevalier-Batik, 2004 Pleiades Publishing, ISBN 0-9716968-1-0

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Author: H. Sandra Chevalier-Batik

I started the Inconvenient Woman Blog in 2007, and am the product of a long line of inconvenient women. The matriarchal line is French-Canadian, Roman Catholic, with a very feisty Irish great-grandmother thrown in for sheer bloody mindedness. I am a research analyst and author who has made her living studying technical data, and developing articles, training materials, books and web content. Tracking through statistical data, and oblique cross-references to find the relevant connections that identifies a problem, or explains a path of action, is my passion. I love clearly delineating the magic questions of knowledge: Who, What, Why, When, Where and for How Much, Paid to Whom. My life lessons: listen carefully, question with boldness, and personally verify the answers. I look at America through the appreciative eyes of an immigrant, and an amateur historian; the popular and political culture is a ceaseless fascination. I have no impressive initials after my name. I’m merely an observer and a chronicler, an inconvenient woman who asks questions, and sometimes encourages others to look at things differently.