The Lost Goddess; An Exploration of Herstory
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The Lost Goddess; An Exploration of Herstory

An Introduction to Rediscovering the Feminine Divine Through Ancient Mythology
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Created by Heather Kaminski
Last updated 12/2015
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 5 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify Joseph Campbell's four types of Goddess Sublimation myths
  • Categorize particular myths according Joseph Campbell's four types of Sublimation myths
  • Compare and contrast common definitions of myth with Joseph Campbell's broader definition of myth
  • Deconstruct myths in order to comprehend the "meta -myth"
  • Identify Goddess symbols cross culturally in both myths and archaeological artifacts
  • Think critically, compare and contrast, ancient mythology with current mythological paradigms
  • Explain the process of the changeover between ancient matriarchal / partnership model societies to patriarchal / dominator model societies
  • Explain Raine Isler's definitions of "partnership model" vs "dominator model" societies
  • Explain Joseph Campbell's four functions of myth
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Requirements
  • An interest in mythology and archeology
  • An open and curious mind
Description

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:

  • Over twenty lessons (Approximately 2 hours)
  • Links to video interviews with experts in mythology and archaeology (Each video is approximately one hour long)
  • Lecture handouts for printing and note taking
  • Links to resources (Audio of the story "Math son of Mathonwy" or read the story approximately one hour)
  • A List of resources
  • Audio/visual recital of myths
  • An Audio/visual Goddess Meditation
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for students who are interested in learning about the role of the Feminine Divine in ancient mythology and who feel drawn to rediscovering the Feminine Divine in their own spiritual path.
  • This course is meant for students who are curious about the role of the Feminine Divine through the ages, and how the change over from matriarchal to patriarchal social and religious paradigms took place.
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Curriculum For This Course
29 Lectures
01:23:21
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Examining the Definition of Myth
6 Lectures 09:53

Welcome to this class! In this lecture we will have an overview of what I hope to accomplish through this course.

Preview 03:10

Websters definition of myth vs Joseph Campbell's definition of myth. Identifying the types of myths.

Preview 02:13

The Legend of the Blue Bonnet by Tomie de Poala
00:21

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.

Preview 01:56


Compare and contrast Websters definitions of myth with Joseph Campbells definitions of myth

Definitions of Myth
2 questions
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An Archaeological / Cross Cultural look at the Feminine Divine
5 Lectures 14:06

Archaeological evidence of world wide Goddess worship.

Female Icons A Look at Paleolithic Evidence of the Feminine Divine
00:23

A Cross Cultural exploration of Goddesses and their influence on their cultures.

Preview 08:29

Two main points indicate why the original concept of divinity was viewed strictly as feminine for 10,000 years.

How Would Your Life Have Been Different?
02:14

An interview with Archeologist Marija Gimutas on her work with Goddess iconography and viewing the Goddess as Creatrix.

An Interview with Marija Gimbutas; Goddess as the Creative Principle
00:54

Section Two Summary
02:06

The Divine Feminine as a Complex Religious and Social System
2 questions
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The Great Cultural Shift
3 Lectures 11:00

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 Shift from Matriarchy to Patriarchy
09:18

The similarities between the stories of Tiamat and Marduk, and Apopphis and Ra.

Tiamat and Marduk / Apophis and Ra
00:35

Section Three Summary
01:07

The Shift from Matriarchy to Patriarchy
2 questions
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Examination of the Purpose of Myth
2 Lectures 07:49

A closer examination of Webster's second definition of myth, and the ways in which our Grand Myths shape our culture.

The Purpose of Myth
06:22

Section Four Summary
01:27

The Purpose of Myth
2 questions
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Types of Cultural Change Over Myths
3 Lectures 14:28

Joseph Campbell's four types of change over myths, plus one he did not identify.

The Five Types of Cultural Change Over Myths
07:40

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 Story of Demeter and Persephone
05:32

Section Five Summary
01:16

Five Types of Cultural Changeover Myths
2 questions
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Catal Hoyuk and Joseph Campbell's Fourth Type of Changeover Myth
3 Lectures 10:20

The importance of, and the archaeological / anthropological debate over the city of Catal Hoyuk.

The Importance of Catal Hoyuk
07:25

The city of Jericho as an example of the fourth type of change over myth.

The Secrets of the City of Jericho
02:13

Section Six Summary
00:42

Catal Hoyuk and the Fourth Type of Changeover Myth
3 questions
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Caught Between Mother Right and the Patriarchy
4 Lectures 05:58

Celtic myths are good examples of myths caught between two worlds.

Robert Graves concept of Iconotropy. Another Type of Sublimation Myth
00:50

Arianhrod, an example of a culture caught between two systems of thought.

The Story of Arianhrod
00:49

Arianhrod as mother, displaying the possibility that there is much more to her story that we know.

A Discussion of the Myth of Arianhrod
03:12

Section Seven Summary
01:07

Myths that portray cultures caught between two systems.
2 questions
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Conclusion
3 Lectures 09:57

Concluding the course with a message of hope from White Buffalo Woman

Conclusion
01:09

Section Eight Summary
00:40

A meditation to reconnect with the divine feminine

Re Connecting to the Lost Goddess: A Meditation
08:08
About the Instructor
Heather Kaminski
4.5 Average rating
6 Reviews
62 Students
1 Course
Holistic Practitioner, Minister, Certified Teacher

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.