Guest Post: Re-Examination of Human History for Gender Roles

It is with great pleasure that I open up the room to a guest post today. Welcome to Linnea Tanner! Linnea is an intriguing writer who pens blog posts and books about history, mythology and more. Here is her guest post about the re-examination of human history for gender roles.

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Introduction

To understand the present and the alternative pathways for future social evolution, we must re-examine human history to understand how religion supports and perpetuates the social order it reflects. Earlier ancient legends spoke of a more harmonious and peaceful age that the ancient Greek poet, Hesiod, wrote of as “a golden race” who tilled the soil in “peaceful ease” before a “lesser race” brought in their god of war. These legends tell of a time when women and men lived together harmoniously in partnership.

Today, many of us view these legends as fantasy. But did this Golden Age actually exist?
The Chalice and the Blade, written by Riane Eisler, provides a new perspective, based on piecing together ancient art, archaeology, religion, mythology, social science, and historical records, that the current presupposition that women are dependent and secondary to man has not always been divinely ordained.

World of the Goddess

Archaeological findings and mythology point to an era where our prehistoric ancestors worshipped the Goddess. Neolithic art portrays a rich array of symbols from nature that is associated with the worship of the Goddess and attests to the awe and wonder of the beauty and mystery of life. Everywhere—in mural, statues, and votive figures—there is the image of the divine Mother cradling her child. In the shrines of the Neolithic settlement of Catal Huyak (approximately 7000 BC), female figurines were found near the shrines.

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Artists: Female Victims of Poverty & Violence

As Resa on the Graffiti Lux and Murals blog explains, “Local artists make art with women who are marginalized by social/injustice issues.” This is a powerful, artistic post that I wanted to reshare today.

Graffiti Lux and Murals

This bird, in a Canadian aboriginal style, is by the Crossing Communities Art Project“.

Artists: Crossing Communities Art Project - founded by: Edith Regier Artists: Crossing Communities Art Project – founded by: Edith Regier

Local artists make art with women who are marginalized by social/injustice issues. They’ve either been in conflict with the law, in prison or at risk of offending due to a past history of poverty or violence.

Pics taken by: Resa  – October 27, 2014

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

The Murals of Winnipeg

Artists: Crossing Communities Art Project - founded by: Edith Regier Artists: Crossing Communities Art Project – founded by: Edith Regier

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What is Your Story of the Christmas Season?

Merry Christmas to you

Sharing Positive Stories of the Christmas Season. Photo: Bobby, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr.

Are you taking stock of the Christmas season, collecting in your mind the stories that are happening all around you? Or are the days whizzing by and you feel you barely have time to breathe? I hope you are taking time to relax and let some happy Christmas stories sink into your souls.

Being Grateful

Sometimes I will stop, in the middle of the day, and just think about all that I have to be grateful for in life. It might be a friend’s email, an unexpected Christmas card in the mail or the smile of a stranger as I was running an errand. It can be a life-changing event or a smaller one.

I think that I am able to tune into appreciating the smaller things because I have been in some deep valleys. Now that I am on level ground, I can deal with downtimes and know that my stability will never let me get to such low depths as in the past. There is comfort in that feeling of strong health. Plus, seeing deep downs helps me to appreciate positive moments so much now.

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