Understanding Goddess Religion
There was a time, long before the advent of organized religions, when nearly all of mankind instinctively perceived deity as a loving and benevolent Mother Goddess. An overwhelming amount of archeological evidence has been found to support this, throughout the Middle East, Europe and Asia. How then did spirituality evolve from that simple and peaceful concept, into the rigid formalized religions that we see around us, in the modern world today ?
The transformation began when barbarian warlords from the area of southern Russia and the Ukraine invaded the ancient world. They were called Proto-Indo-Europeans (also "Kurgans"), and they brought with them a blatantly self-serving religion, based on the worship of a violent war-god, which they used to justify their acts of conquest and domination.
From the chaos which resulted, various pantheons of deities evolved. They were invariably lead by a war-god archetype, but also included a Mother Goddess archetype in some lesser role. After several millennium, the followers of the most agressive and intolerant war-gods (Yahweh and Allah) attained political power, and quickly persecuted and destroyed the other religions. Thus, the last remnants of peaceful Goddess culture disappeared from Western consciousness, and the path that humanity was destined to follow would be one of spiritual exploitation and strict contol.
Recently however, some very revolutionary changes in the area of religion have started to occur. In the west (but unfortunately not yet in the Arab world) the rule of law now prevents religious authorites from persecuting and silencing those people who object to their political domination. In addition, an ever-increasing body of historical and archeological evidence has begun to surface, which reveals a totally different account of human spirituality than the self-serving lies which they have forced upon us for so many centuries.
This website is dedicated to the spiritual re-awakening which is now in progress. The first section is intended to provide a well-documented and accurate history of Goddess religion, without the sort of deliberate distortions and bias so often found in other sources. The second section presents suggestions for the modern practice of the religion, in a traditionally correct and non-feminist way.
I invite you to take an intellectual journey with me, to discover the true nature of our spiritual heritage, and learn why modern people are once again embracing an ancient, peaceful and rewarding form of spirituality.
Part 1 - Our History
Part 1 - Our HistoryChapter 1 - Paleolithic Artifacts
Chapter 2 - The Neolithic World
Chapter 3 - The Bronze Age
Chapter 4 - Greece and Rome
Chapter 5 - The Final Years
Chapter 6 - The Nature of Yahweh
Chapter 7 - Transgender Persons
Chapter 8 - The Goddess in Sumer
Chapter 9 - The Goddess in Egypt
Chapter 10 - The Goddess on Crete
Chapter 11 - The Goddess in India
Chapter 12 - Understanding History
Part 2 - The Modern Revival
Chapter 13 - Our Basic Beliefs
Chapter 14 - Some Comments About Feminism
Chapter 15 - Preparing for a Modern Practice
Chapter 16 - Meeting The Goddess
There are over 100 clickable reference links in the history section of this website. Nearly all of them will take you to a Wiki page, which provides some useful basic information. Wiki pages have the advantage of simplicity and convenience, however they sometimes also contain a certain amount of misinformation. Please be assured that many far more authoritative sources were also employed, during the preparation of this website.
The following is a partial list of those sources...
The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
The British Institute of Archeology
The University of Chicago
The University of Liege
For Furthur Reading
Here are a few more links to some related reference material...
Final Remarks by the Author
Today we see around us a world that is deeply troubling. Hatred and violence are commonplace; the lives of animals are treated without respect, and the very Earth itself is torn up and destroyed with no regard for the future. While much of the world's population seeks guidance in war-god religions, it fails to produce positive results.
Clearly, we must change our philosophy and our behavior if we are to survive as a species. I believe that through the Goddess we can find a path of true spirituality, and the wisdom to adopt sustainable lifestyles. Ultimately, I believe the Goddess desires that we evolve to a higher level of consciousness, so that we may someday join with Her on a higher plane of existence... but that can never happen if we foolishly destroy ourselves and our planet.
The challenge that we face seems overwhelming. It's tempting to bury our heads in the sand, and focus only on our own personal affairs. Taking a broader view of the world can be painful and frustrating... however, once you've seen the greater reality of existance, turning away from it can never be anything but a shallow and unsatisfying solution.
I urge you to adopt a path of genuine spirituality and environmental activism in your own life. The wisdom of the Goddess is still readily accessible, when we view the world with an enlightened heart. Find that wisdom... and then join me, in doing what you can to make this world a better place.
Thanks for visiting, and Bright Blessings !
Priestess Cornelend is a historical scholar and author who has been in the service of the Goddess for many years. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail her.
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