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  •  My "turning point" book... (1+ / 0-)
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    Denise Oliver Velez

    ... remains When God Was a Woman by Merlin Stone.

    As a result of the minister lying to me in confirmation class, I read the Bible cover-to-cover; the first time as a teenager, the second time in my 20s.  I touched on religious history and events here and there (Spanish Inquisition, Crusades - ugh!).

    Then along came Stone's book..., and when I finished that, I moved on to the books she mentioned in her bibliography, and books other authors mentioned in their bibliographies.

    Matriarchal cultures and Paleolithic Venus figurines are very fascinating to me, and they were included in my Art History studies.

    I knew about Ēostre before I read Stone's book, but I no longer remember why.  I think I looked it up in a dictionary with word origins at one point....  She's by no means the only Pagan Goddess (or Pagan God or Pagan ritual) to be "borrowed" by the early Christians, but she's probably the most well-known by virtue of her name.  [Pagan in the original meaning of country people vs city people, not the modern pejorative.]

    One of the early popes did give instructions to the proselytizer priests to adopt local deities and rituals into their service to gain converts to Christianity, and to build their churches at sites of local places of Pagan worship "where the people were wont to go."  Another one also said to keep the masses uneducated because illiterate people were easier to control.  The cult of Mary was developed because the most revered Pagan deities were female, so the Catholic church made sure they had a feminine object of worship so early converts could switch allegiances and chose Mary.  To replace the Pagan feminine trinity of Maiden, Mother, Crone, the early Christians invented the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost for their patriarchal trinity.

    Studying early religious rituals and their origins is an interesting avocation.

    Happy Spring!

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Sun Apr 08, 2012 at 08:39:42 AM PDT

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