For nearly 30,000 years the primary concept of the Divine was feminine in form. Join us on this walk through HERstory as we take a multidisciplinary approach and examine the META myth to uncover the mysteries of the disappearance of the Goddess culture and the rise of the patriarchal model of society.
This course is comprised of a series of slides and lectures and includes:
Welcome to this class! In this lecture we will have an overview of what I hope to accomplish through this course.
Websters definition of myth vs Joseph Campbell's definition of myth. Identifying the types of myths.
Joseph Campbell's important definition of myth and how it effects our world view.
Please find a link to a youtube video of an interview with Joseph Campbell in which he discusses his definition of a myth and the importance of myths in culture.
Compare and contrast Websters definitions of myth with Joseph Campbells definitions of myth
Archaeological evidence of world wide Goddess worship.
A Cross Cultural exploration of Goddesses and their influence on their cultures.
Two main points indicate why the original concept of divinity was viewed strictly as feminine for 10,000 years.
An interview with Archeologist Marija Gimutas on her work with Goddess iconography and viewing the Goddess as Creatrix.
Three waves of invasion from northern tribes occurred approximately through the years of 4000-1000 BC, bringing with them the transition to hierarchally based culture.
The similarities between the stories of Tiamat and Marduk, and Apopphis and Ra.
A closer examination of Webster's second definition of myth, and the ways in which our Grand Myths shape our culture.
Joseph Campbell's four types of change over myths, plus one he did not identify.
The myth of Demeter and Persephone in a version thought to be closer to the original, Goddess centered story of the cycle of womanhood.
The importance of, and the archaeological / anthropological debate over the city of Catal Hoyuk.
The city of Jericho as an example of the fourth type of change over myth.
Celtic myths are good examples of myths caught between two worlds.
Arianhrod, an example of a culture caught between two systems of thought.
Arianhrod as mother, displaying the possibility that there is much more to her story that we know.
Concluding the course with a message of hope from White Buffalo Woman
A meditation to reconnect with the divine feminine
Heather is the owner of Arts of Avalon Holistic Healing Ministry, she has been, and always will be, both a student and a teacher at heart. Once a public school teacher, she now puts her teaching skills to use leading women's spirituality groups, creating classes on holistic health topics and presenting them both in person and online. She is a certified aromatherapist, and is also a certified Reiki Master, Crystal Reiki master. She is also certified in Reflexology, NLP , Holistic Counseling, and Holistic Health Coaching.