posted on May, 11 2009 @ 10:25 AM
"S&F. Thanks for the thread. IMO as soon as God was assigned gender it was down hill for women. Ancient cultures revered both sexes with equal gods
This is the basic tenant for what is wrong with society, imho, when god was assigned gender to support patriachal current political, religious and
monetary societal structure.
The first statues made were of women. For thousands of years the largest statue in the world were of the great Goddess, the most powerful guilds
(organized Unions) in the middle ages were midwife Guilds. Nature was God, and Mother Nature was its representative. The male figurehead was in the
stars ( heavens) and both Ruled in equal measure. The earliest hebrew texts refer to god as
The Previous poster referring to the Witches Hammer ( malefactorium) is correct, read this book to understand the hatred ruling class had towards
The Political and religious structure in middle ages colluded to eliminate power women had in society, and used cold and calculating methods; The
witch was portrayed with instruments we associate with them to this day, A broom, a couldron, a cat, healing with herbs and potions.
What woman in the middle ages did not have these items...all required to maintain a household and health of the family unit. It was easy to accuse
someone of being a witch, especially when the witch's estate was divided up between the church, government and the accuser. It was a money making
scheme as well as eradicating the influence of a group that sustained society.
The church organized witch hunts, and hysteria took over. We can see the same mass hysteria on websites, such as the end of the world fear regarding
2012. Add to hysteria the ability to execute and confiscate estates of the accused by a group focused on destroying their influence, it was a self
reinforcing movement bent on murdering powerful women wholesale across Europe...we live today with results of what the Church and ruling parties did
hundreds of years ago.
An interesting side note, the salem witch hunts in USA ended when one woman was smart enough to implicate the mayors wife as a witch...when the
ruling powers were threatened, the salem witch hunt stopped.
The Crone ( grandmother, wise woman, goddess) is a lost part of our human history. All ancient cultures incorporated her into their beliefs and
venerated her as healer, spiritual leader, and arbitrator. It is our loss that this system was destroyed and replaced.