Earlier versions relate that Medusa was born with serpent locks. 850-8). Harrison, J. Poseidon vanished after he was done and left Medusa vulnerable and weak. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
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As a male, I have always been drawn to Athena as Goddess. -Shahla Khan Salter, “Trista Hendren has done it again. Rigoglioso, M. 2010. Keller (1986:57) affirms that ‘Metis and Medusa are one.’, 4 Stone 1976:199,200,209; see also Gimbutas 1989, Dexter 2010 on the snake and the Neolithic Goddess of rebirth, 11 Pratt 1978:168, quoted in Monaghan 1994:237. Corretti identifies Athena, Metis, and Medusa as aspects of an ancient triple Goddess corresponding respectively to the new, full, and dark phases of the moon. (6). Haarmann, H. 2014. }); Medusa was a priestess to the goddess Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom and battle. Marrakesh: Editions Jardin Majorelle. Cambridge, Mass. (2005). 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Lilith, the forgotten first companion Adam, tells her own love story, and in doing so empowers us to step into the fullness of our divine selves." I will try to add additional hyperlinks as I am able. Cambridge, Mass. 1 by Anna Marie Laforest, Grounding Human Rights in a Pluralist World by Grace Kao, Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen by Mary Sharratt, Making a Way Out of No Way by Monica A. Coleman, Marriage and Slavery in Early Islam by Kecia Ali, Rebirth of the Goddess by Carol P. Christ, Sexism and God-Talk by Rosemary Radford Ruether, When Women Were Priests by Karen Torjesen, Womanspirit Rising edited by Carol P. Christ and Judith Plaskow, Women and Redemption by Rosemary Radford Ruether, Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER). (19). But Medusa’s rape is glossed over, mentioned once at the beginning of the tale, if at all. A remarkable collection of essays, poems, and art by scholars who have researched Her, artists who have envisioned Her, women who have known Her in their personal story—and combinations of all those capacities. She has also dedicated much time to primary research in Balkan and Greek villages, learning songs, dances, rituals and textile patterns which have been passed down for many generations, and which embody an age-old worldview of sustainability, community, and reverence for the earth. The Gorgon Medusa. After all, in those days, the gods claimed their mates as their partner forever, and Medusa was now Poseidon's wife. Despite Medusa’s fearsome appearance, she herself does not personify evil or demonic forces. 1 Garcia 2013; Monaghan 1994:234; Marler 2002:17, 25; Kerenyi 1951:118. The tag team gave her the glamour look we all strive for, and even better, they've given us the hair hacks and tips so we can get Rae's look as well; and it's found in two beauty brands. Keep reading to learn how to actually make a difference in your recycling projects and beyond. New Love allows the platform to free our mind and tune into ourselves.” –Alyscia Cunningham, Author of Feminine Transitions, "What a beautiful, honest and unusual book. The Cult of Divine Birth in Ancient Greece. (13) Athena is depicted as an enemy of women, a traitor to her gender, an impression strengthened by the oft-quoted words put into her mouth by the classical playwright Aeschylus: ‘I am exceedingly of the father…’ (14). However, it also led to snakes hating mankind for worshiping the Olympians. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ‘Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers: Notes Towards a Preliterary History of Women’s Archetypes.’ Feminist Studies 4, February 1978. p.168. Hesiod and Hine, D. 2007. Stone, M. 1976, 1978. But do we really wish to let these great goddesses of wisdom be defined by the authors and artists of patriarchy? We have raised our voices, and we shouldn't lower them now. Athena. He outsmarted Medusa and cut off her head to take back with him to save his mother from marrying a jerk. by Rita M. Gross, Catholic Feminists Meet, Strategize by Rosemary Radford Ruether and Theresa Yugar, Learning from the Nation by Jameelah X. Medina, Sexist Responses to Women Writing About Religion by Sarah Sentilles, The Mask and the Mirror – Part 3 By Sara Wright. Medusa lived in the city of Athens in a country named Greece -- and although there were many pretty girls in the city, Medusa was considered the most lovely. by Tallessyn Zawn Grenfell-Lee, Privilege and Hierarchy in Community Care by Christy Croft, Feminist Parenting Part 3—Les Misérable Mothers, why is this so %$@# haaaaard?! All have spoken with Her and share something of their communion in this anthology. Laura lives partly in Greece and partly in the Findhorn ecological community in Scotland, Categories: abuse, Divine Feminine, Feminism, Goddess, Healing, trauma, Tags: Athena, healing trauma, Laura Shannon, Medusa, Revisioning Medusa, The Girl God. ): Harvard University Press. Learn how your comment data is processed. Medusa, the woman with snake in place of hair is probably the most well known creatures in Greek mythology. The Histories. A book for children young & old, celebrating the Divine Feminine. But President Trump still says he "WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT.". Deacy, S. 2008. if(isFeed1x1){ The Gods Of The Greeks. Mackenzie Cook, Author of Epona: Hidden Goddess of the Celts, "At a time when the rising light of the sacred feminine appears to be suddenly slipping backwards into the shadows, this book is vitally relevant. Medusa’s face was used to protect those who used that image when defending their country. She was a presenter for the 2020 Billboard Music Awards and walked the red carpet rocking the Old Hollywood glamor style by her stylists, Mara Roszak and Allen Avendaño. Keller, Catherine. Athena is not only a Goddess of war. Cambridge (Mass. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Aeschylus. Biden won the popular vote and the Electoral College after an election night of upsets and polling errors. Monaghan, P. 1994. I vote to make my parents proud and to show them how grateful I am to them for everything they've sacrificed for me. Kristen Haddox, Penn State University4. Gimbutas, M. 1989. She was scared of her powers and angry at the gods for cursing her. The essays, by feminists from a number of countries and faiths (or non-faiths) are powerful... Don't miss Whatever Works. Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Fantastic!! A multidisciplinary approach can serve us best, drawing on new scholarship in the fields of classics, archaeology, and linguistics, in combination with an open-ended Jungian approach in which each seeker can find their own sense of meaning in ancient archetypes of the Goddess. Change ). Clare Regelbrugge, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Sign in to comment to your favorite stories, participate in your community and interact with your friends. Cambridge, MA., Harvard University Press. Connelly, J. She is a complex and polyvalent Goddess with many other qualities – as Goddess of healing, of wisdom, of protection and self-defense, of craft and culture, of the olive tree – which can have great significance for all those healing from trauma. Medusa's destiny was a harsh one she had no control over. Jennifer Kustanovich, SUNY Stony Brook5. ( Log Out /  However, the immortal feud between Athena and Poseidon affects much more than just those two; it splits Olympus and ruins many lives. It is way past due that I use this platform for more than entertainment, especially now that I have learned so much since starting my job working for the OSU Sustainability Office. Description of Greece. Medusa was now a monster woman. Portrait of a Priestess. Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by Grace Yia-Hei Kao, 100 Years After Women’s Right to Vote, Our Feminist Struggle Continues by Gina Messina, Netflix Pandemic Show binge-a-thon by Anjeanette LeBoeuf. I suggest we continue to look beyond the distortions of patriarchal interpretations and begin to reclaim ancient Goddesses in their original autonomy and power. 2015. Our voices can be easily ignored or dismissed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Your Friendly Neighborhood Chicana is back, friends, fresh from voting in her first presidential election. (16)  Like Medusa, she was originally a great cosmic Goddess of heaven and earth, the deity of life, death and regeneration who was venerated in Old Europe for thousands of years. Virgin Mother Goddesses of Antiquity. Pausanias and Jones, W. 2002. The problem with love is that it is overrated being generally fleeting, misguided, deceitful and disappointing. 1908. I love hearing about the roots of my deities. The problem with Power, as offered by Hera, is that it depends on the cooperation of Aphrodite and Athena to use effectively. Many years later, Perseus presented the head of Medusa to Athena, who took the severed head and turned it into an ultimate shield with a metal head of Medusa terrifying many enemies with a single look. So, in a twisted series of events, Medusa fulfills her role of protecting Athena. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. The name Medusa means ‘sovereign female wisdom,’ ‘guardian / protrectress,’ ‘the one who knows’ or ‘the one who rules.’ It derives from the same Indo-European root as the Sanskrit Medha and the Greek Metis, meaning ‘wisdom’ and ‘intelligence.’1 Metis, ‘the clever one,’ is Athena’s mother.