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  Goddess - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A goddess is a female deity, in contrast with a male deity known as a "god".
Indeed, in the great shakta scripture known as the Devi Mahatmya, all the goddesses are shown to be aspects of one presiding female force, one in truth and many in expression, giving the world and the cosmos the galvanic energy for motion.
This might be a "Dark Goddess" or "Wisewoman", perhaps as suggested by the missing dark of the moon in the symbolism above, or it might be a specifically erotic goddess standing for a phase of life between Maiden (Virgin) and Mother, or a Warrior between Mother and Crone.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Goddess   (1781 words)

The following excerpt from “The Great Goddess Calls Her Daughters” is on the theme of Awareness.
The Goddess in you is the Awareness in you.
It is the great paradox, my daughters, that each of you dwells in that Center, in an infinite universe of infinite directions and infinite Center.
www.youareyourpath.com /greatgoddess.htm   (1079 words)

 Devi: THe Great Goddess
Carved images of the Goddess and her Yoginis formulate the visual language which conveys the essence of the philosophy lying at the core of her worship, which is so little understood by most Westerners.
One of the most ancient cults of the Goddess is that of Sarasvati, who is both worshipped as a sacred river of the same name and as the instigator and protectress of the spoken word, as well as all intellectual and artistic pursuits.
At the height of this great cosmic battle, Durga was aided by the awesome Kali, who burst from her forehead to devour or crush the army of demons.
www.adishakti.org /new_age_children/devi_the_great_goddess.htm   (3417 words)

Many enthusiasts of the recent "Great Goddess" movement are looking to archaeology in the hopes that it will provide validation to their theories of what they would consider a former religious and societal utopia.
The leading pioneer of the goddess movement is the archaeologist Marija Gimbutas, who has spent thirty years studying patterns and symbols of cult objects and also developed the field she refers to as "archeomythology," which embodies the fields of archaeology, comparative mythology, and folklore.
Whether the "Great Goddess" cult was a matriarchy or not, it is clear that evolution of civilization does not necessarily mean a shift towards patriarchy.
uts.cc.utexas.edu /~gloria/Goddess.html   (2888 words)

 completelest   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Great Hippopotamus Goddess of childbirth and nursing.
Goddess of Wisdom, totem the owl, Mother Goddess of the city of Athens, the Holy Virgin.
Great ancestral Goddess of the Chibcha from Columbia.
www.mothergoddess.com /completelist.htm   (5777 words)

While originally it was probably the case that goddess traditions were quite separate from one another throughout the subcontinent, from the early centuries of the Common Era there is evidence in the textual record of attempts to fashion a single, all-India notion of the Great Goddess.
Kali as the great goddess is dramatically ambivalent, her left side signifying her destructive powers along with the garland of heads and girdle of severed hands and the blood-dripping tongue, her right side signifying peace and life-giving nourishment.
Finally, a third interpretation suggests that Kali is generated from the forehead of the great goddess Durga when she is struggling against the demons Chanda and Munda.
www.indiana.edu /~isp/cd_rom/mod_07/mod_07_x.htm   (1433 words)

 Near-East Goddesses Realm Inanna and Ishtar
Hebrew scholars now feel that the goddess Ashtoreth mentioned so often in the Bible is a deliberate conflation of the Greek name Astarte and the Hebrew word boshet, "shame," indicating the Hebrew contempt for her cult.
Also spelled NINHURSAGA (Sumerian), Akkadian Belit-ili, in Mesopotamian religion, city goddess of Adab and of Kish in the northern herding regions; she was the goddess of the stony, rocky ground, the hursag.
As the sorrowing mother animal she appears in a lament for her son, a young colt, but as goddess of birth she is not only the goddess of animal birth but the Mother of All Children, a mother-goddess figure.
inanna.virtualave.net /neareast.html   (1611 words)

 Durga - Narrative Art of an 'Independent' Warrior Goddess
One of the most invoked forms of the Great Goddess is her manifestation as the youthful, multi-armed deity who successfully battles the mighty buffalo demon that symbolizes among other things, the elemental powers of brutish ignorance.
The Great Goddess Durga was born from the energies of the male divinities when the gods lost the long drawn-out battle with the asuras (demons).
As Harding further observed of 'The Virgin Goddess': 'Her divine power does not depend on her relation to a husband-god, and thus her actions are not dependent on the need to conciliate such a one or to accord with his qualities and attitudes.
www.exoticindiaart.com /article/durga   (1834 words)

 Great Goddess : Mother of Us All   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Her power was expressed in the image and stories of literally thousands of Goddesses from cultures around the world.
Although many historians and archeologists place the heyday of Goddess worship 35,000 to 5,000 years ago, the feminine divine was actively worshipped in some cultures just 2000 years ago.
Her presence was expressed in the images, and stories that were passed along through many generations.Some of the most famous Goddesses - such as Ishtar, Innana and Astarte -- once breathed life into the holy lands of the middle-east many millennium ago; some of the old temples still stand.
www.goddessgift.com /great-goddess.html   (1107 words)

 Goddess Mandalas
My use of symbols is inspired by prehistoric art and the work of archaeologists who developed the theory of a "Great Goddess," an all-encompassing divinity.
This website also hosts information about Goddessing, an international newspaper which is a valuable resource for goddess research and events.
Goddessing has subscribers in 25 countries, but is not as well known in the U.S. as it should be.
www.goddessmandala.com   (220 words)

 The multiple forms of the great goddess
The goddess is not only the force which gives and shares its Flood of the Knowledge (Sarasvatî), but it is also the guide of the internal forces of our microcosm.
Girl and wife of Brahmâ, it is the goddess of the word, the union of the power and the intelligence from which is born creation by the Verb.
Goddess of the eloquence, wisdom and the knowledge, it reveals with the man the music, the writing and poetry.
www.historel.net /english/orient/14inde.htm   (1099 words)

 Great Goddess in "Women, Church and State"
I have seen the great Temple of Vesta in Rome; though it is now in ruins, the attraction of this great sisterhood, which lasted 1,100 years, is obvious.
Some of these Great Goddesses are ancient, such as the Paleolithic and Neolithic Goddesses and the Mesopotamian Great Goddess Bau, chief Goddess of the city-state of Lagash, whose famous King Gudea honored Bau as his divine Mother and Father.
Other Great Goddesses are worshipped today, including Amaterasu of Japan; the Sun Goddess Tcho of the Native American Yuchi people; and Diana, the Roman deity whose colorful image has appeared in 1998 on a United States postage stamp aimed at helping women by raising funds to research and cure breast cancer.
www.awakenedwoman.com /gage.htm   (2705 words)

 Great Mother Goddess on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The later forms of her cult involved the worship of a male deity, variously considered her son, lover, or both (e.g., Adonis, Attis, and Osiris), whose death and resurrection symbolized the regenerative powers of the earth (see fertility rites).
Although the Great Mother was the dominant figure in ancient Middle Eastern religions, she was also worshiped in Greece, Rome, and W Asia.
Many attributes of the Virgin Mary make her the Christian equivalent of the Great Mother, particularly in her great beneficence, in her double image as mother and virgin, and in her son, who is God and who dies and is resurrected.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/G/GreatM1ot.asp   (473 words)

 The Great Goddess And Darkness at Noon
A study of the primordial figure of the Great Goddess and her continued worship through time as shown by the myths, shrines, and sanctuaries around the world that honor this powerful symbol of creation.
She is the Great Goddess, the Goddess of Beginnings, the symbol of Earth and the giver of life, the Vast Mother, who represents all the powers and mysteries of creation for early humanity.
Yet, as shown by noted scholar Jean Markale, the Goddess did not simply disappear when her position was usurped, and the power she represents has been the source of continuous religious devotion from ancient times through the Middle Ages up to the present day.
www.distantriserecords.com /ireland.htm   (302 words)

 Habitations of the Great Goddess
This book, however, is for readers with an interest in the Great Goddess and the feminine principle, who want answers to questions about life, death and rebirth, about the concept of deity and the role of religion in ancient society.
Only when the Great Goddess is moved from the margin of prehistory to the center do we recognize a context and an explanatory power that gave rise to the structures that even now, across the centuries, amaze us.
To commence this account of the Great Goddess with the tombs and temples in which people celebrated the great recurring cycle of birth, death and rebirth puts the lay readers at a disadvantage, asking them to accept the Goddess at the height of Her power without evidence of the earlier growth of Her religion.
www.goddessmound.com /xpages/atgcbk3.html   (1311 words)

As the goddess of the harvest she was Renenet.
As the great lady of the Underworld, who assisted in transforming the bodies of the blessed dead into those wherein they were to live in the realm of Osiris, she was Ament - the "hidden" goddess.
At a comparatively early period in Egyptian history Isis had absorbed the attributes of all the great primitive goddesses, and of all the local goddesses such as Nekhebet, Uatchet, Net, Bast, Hathor, etc., and she was even identified as the female counterpart of the primeval abyss of water from which sprang all life.
www.crystalinks.com /isis.html   (2696 words)

 The Fallen Temple of the White Goddess
The White Goddess is one of the names given to the Earth Mother; the Moon goddess, to Venus, Astarte, Lilith, Belili, the Muses, the Three Graces and to innumerable other female deities.
The stories and attributes of the white goddess are remarkably similar in nations as far apart as Ireland and China, and this points to a very ancient common source for the myths, which appear to have come out of Africa with Homo sapiens 100,000 years ago.
The goddess-temples are of great importance to scholars, for they are the source of the alphabet we use; the musical scales we use, of the concept of poetry, of the calendar, of astronomy and history, and of formal mathematics and the sciences.
www.big.com.au /fallen   (657 words)

 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 1999.10.03
The Goddess is distinguished in these images not for her wit or moral strength or vengeful anger, but for her prominent breasts, gaping mouth, and her swollen belly, as if she were synonymous with her reproductive organs.
According to Campbell, Goddess religion was an expression of "that primordial attempt on humanity's part to understand and live in harmony with the beauty and wonder of Creation" in contrast to the story of creation in Genesis, and the "manipulated systems of the West".
By the 1960s archaeologists had begun to question the existence of the Goddess, in part because they saw what extravagant deductions were being made on the basis of a fragmentary body of material evidence.
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /bmcr/1999/1999-10-03.html   (2278 words)

 Great Mother Goddess
Great Mother Goddess, in ancient Middle Eastern religions, mother goddess, the great symbol of the earth's fertility.
Fierce goddesses, great mothers, and Yoginis: the Archaeomythology of devotion.
The Neolithic great goddess: a study in modern tradition.
www.infoplease.com /ce6/society/A0821675.html   (380 words)

 The Great Goddess
Aphrodite, for example, was a “Virgin Goddess” -- and trust me, she was no prude.) During the matriarchal period, all three aspects of the Goddess were revered, but with the coming of the patriarchy, only the Mother received any respect at all.
Another difference between the god and goddess is that the god is a linear thinker, while the goddess emphasizes the cyclical nature of reality.
· Sexuality honors the Goddess: “Among the most sacred customs of the Goddess, in all three of her manifestations, were the sexual rites in which her priestesses would have ritual intercourse with the members of the community who came to the temple to worship Her.
www.halexandria.org /dward379.htm   (1516 words)

 Devi Khuit :Herstory The Great Goddess   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Reconnecting with the goddess is important not only for women and their spiritual journey.
The great social challenges of our times demand that all of us, women and men, to become more sensitive to the suffering of others.
All Goddesses are one Goddess The Earth Goddess, the Bright Goddess and the Dark Goddess.
www.rahoorkhuit.net /goddess/herstory/ancient_index.html   (161 words)

 The Great Goddess Rediscovered
Many statuettes and votaries of the Great Goddess were found at the Maltese sites but the most impressive is a colossus of a figure, (see plate), which must have at one time stood nearly 8 feet tall and weighed many tons.
All that remains now is the ceremonial skirt and legs of the Goddess figure but the awe it once must have generated on the Neolithic peoples who built this temple is easy to imagine as you will see from the photograph of an adult sat by its side.
The priest created the environment but the Priestess was the only one that could conjoin with the Goddess to divine her Will reaching the full possession state, via the masculinity of the Priests voice the potency of the sound activated the trance state in the Priestess and she received the guidance of the Gods.
www.sorcerers-apprentice.co.uk /maltamss.htm   (4502 words)

 The many forms of the great goddess
The goddess not only gives and shares her bountiful KNOWLEDGE, (Sarasvati), but she is also the internal guiding wisdom of our microcosm.
Daughter and wife of Brahma, she is the goddess of the spoken word, the union of the power and intelligence from which the WORD was created.
The goddess of eloquence, wisdom and knowledge, she reveals to us the beauty in music, writing and poetry.
members.tripod.com /historel/orient/14inde.htm   (994 words)

 The Moon - Great Goddess
Earth is the body of the Goddess, but the gleaming Moon, waxing as Maiden, Full as Mother and waning as Crone is Her celestial manifestation.The Moon rules menstruation and the tides of life.
This is a great time to perform Drawing Down the Moon, the ritual of invoking the Moon Goddess and drawing on her energies to heal, put into positive actions or to empower tools.
This is a great time to go and get yourself a full body massage to help you release stress and body aches :-) The Waning moon is associated with the woman past menopause, old age, deep secrets, wisdom, divination, prophecy, death and resurrection and endings.
www.fortunecity.com /victorian/verona/569/religion/themoon.html   (815 words)

The Goddess came from nowhere meaning that there was never a time She did not exist.
It is an invitation to step into the heart of the Goddess - the all-pervading Divine Mother of the Universe.
The Goddess is ready to shower Her love and affection on any who care to turn their gaze toward Her luminous heart.
www.goddess.ws   (510 words)

 THE GREAT GODDESS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Considering that many of the female divinities in Mesoamerica are associated with the agriculture, the earth, or the moon, the Goddess may be a prototype of one of these roles.
Some myths accredit her as the mother of humanity or as a figure synonymous with the feminine aspect of the Divine Pair.
She often portrayed with a bare chest and with her hands at the hips, in a representation of fertility.
members.aol.com /emdelcamp/goddess.htm   (378 words)

 A Great Goddess Altar   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
May you be filled with the ancient wisdom of the Goddess.
Goddess Names * Discovering Yourself * Ritual and Renewal * Goddess Lands * Great Goddess Altar * Asherah Altar * Altar of Astarte * Aphrodite's Altar * Brigid Altar * Breathe Deeply * A Goddess Garden *
* Goddess 101 * Pagan 101 * Healing Altar *
www.goddess2000.org /Altar.html   (212 words)

 The Great Goddess Page
The Great Goddess Page will tell the stories of and/or describe Goddess in varying cultures and time periods, so that women may be able to have a female role model, to see the spiritual in themselves, and/or just enjoy the "herstory." Please read with an open mind and enjoy.
When her uterine waters broke, it caused a great flood which created the oceans of the earth.
I like the connection of the uterine waters to the ocean as today it is recognized that the moon affects not only the tides but a woman's cycle.
cissyann.itgo.com   (354 words)

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