Saturday, March 17, 2007

Goddess Worship or Patriarchy: Which is More Bogus?

A question that chronically provokes my curiosity. Some interesting thoughts on it here.

[Birth of Venus, by Boticelli. According to Greek myth, she did not simply appear in radiant beauty out of the ocean, as depicted here. Rather, an enraged Gaia prevailed upon her son Cronus to castrate her husband Uranus. Cronus cut off Uranus's testicles with a flint sickle and threw them into the ocean. The severed testicles grew into Aphrodite (in Latin, Venus), and the drops of blood that fell on the earth grew into her sisters, the Furies. Authenticity in religion can be such a bummer, in any tradition.]