"Goddess Remembered" – A Film Reflection

Goddess Remembered,” A part of the Collection, “Ladies in Spirituality” &reproduction; 1989

Nationwide Movie Board of Canada

Produced by way of: Margaret Pettigrew

Directed by way of: Donna Learn

Dispensed via: Wellspring Media, Inc.

Wow, the ones hairstyles and puffy sleeves! The eighty’s – gotta love ’em. Take a look at the adaptation two decades makes in social customs. Now, assume what 2,000 years can imply, and 20,000 years, and again even additional. This documentary will pay homage to the goddess-worshipping religions of the traditional previous. With its dinner-birthday celebration layout, I used to be anticipating Judy Chicago to make an look. It will were nice to peer each and every lady – Starhawk, Merlin Stone, Jean Bolen and others – sitting on the position environment of a goddess. Again in 1979, Chicago had depicted position settings for 39 legendary and ancient well-known ladies during historical past. Through 1989, “The Dinner Birthday celebration” were up and operating for a decade. It kind of feels like a major omission to me, even though I did get pleasure from the goddess statue as a point of interest at the desk.

The dinner birthday celebration topic of “Goddess Remembered” gave the impression installing as it is been ladies who’ve traditionally grown, accrued, ready and shared meals, in particular in a social surroundings. (I do not see why it would now not were each women and men who domesticated animals.) The viewer may just see that those specific ladies are all extremely smart “heavy-weights” within the goddess stratosphere. And they have got now not been lounging round for the remaining two decades.

Jean Shinoda Bolen is the lady who stated how while she used to be giving delivery she felt associated in time horizontally to each and every lady who ever used to be, and that “not anything had ready me for this. It harm!” Bolen is an writer, a Jungian analyst and an activist. She has written many books with which feminists can be acquainted, together with Crossing to Avalon: A Lady’s Quest for the Sacred Female, Goddesses in Everywoman: Tough Archetypes for Ladies and The Millionth Circle: How you can Amendment Ourselves and the Global. Her Millionth Circle, she explains, is a device she makes use of as “an recommend for ladies’s circles with a sacred middle because the way to succeed in a vital mass-tipping aspect to deliver ladies’s knowledge into the arena.”

Starhawk could also be an writer of many works that remember the Goddess motion together with her up to date, The Earth Trail, which speaks concerning the root of our environmental destructiveness, and tells readers the right way to reconnect with the Earth. She describes herself as “a peace, environmental and international justice activist and teacher, a permaculture dressmaker and instructor, a Pagan and Witch.” Apparently sufficient, she and Donna Learn, the director of “Goddess Remembered,” have co-produced a documentary at the lifetime of archaeologist, Marija Gimbutas, referred to as “Indicators Out of Time.”

Merlin Stone, a sculptor and artwork historical past professor, grew focused on archaeology whilst learning historic artwork. In 1976 she wrote a guide referred to as While God Used to be A Lady which delves into matriarchal and matrilineal societal systems that have been suppressed by way of Judaism and Christianity. Her different ebook, Historic Mirrors of Womanhood, (1990) is a selection of tales, myths and prayers concerning the goddess.

Oh to be a fly at the wall at a meeting of such tough ladies. I might have favored to peer the identify and name of each and every lady, each and every time she gave the impression at the display; this will were a great way for audience to familiarize themselves with who those ladies are, however credit weren’t drawing close till the top of the movie, which struck me as bizarre.

The ladies and Olympia Dukakis, the movie’s narrator, mentioned many numerous and fascinating issues. They spoke of ways the serpent used to be a logo of therapeutic and prophecy. They mentioned Malta, the Greek island that may be the oldest recognized repository of the goddess tradition. The folk of Malta at the moment are predominantly Catholic.

The ladies all appeared to percentage the perspective of Luisa Teish who stated she had rejected the perception of the “Nice Bearded White Guy within the Sky.” She laughed, “I hung with Mary!” Afterward she additionally stated one thing significant for all ladies: “I’m an ancestress of day after today.”

Crete used to be discussed as a spot the place the folk had studied astronomy, mapping the celebs and protecting data. Ladies there may well be sea captains and chariot drivers, in the event that they so preferred. The advent of artwork used to be extremely esteemed, and on this non violent society, no proof were discovered of male/feminine inequality. No private mark used to be ever discovered on a work of artwork. Minoan Crete is where the place the worship of the goddess used to be intact for the longest time period.

The Golden Age of Greece marked the start of guys’s energy and the top of girls’s. The warrior cults got here into the leading edge then and thereafter, rampaging the Earth and exploiting her treasures. Greece as soon as had stunning stands of timber and plants. Those have been chopped down to supply warships, and while the timber move down; the sand takes over. Where as soon as referred to as Eden is now a dry and desolate land.

The declare that Antique Europe used to be lady-focused, cooperative and non-violent appears to be a bone of rivalry (the self-proclaimed feminist Cynthia Eller, amongst many others, makes a case towards it).

Following is a contemporary critique of “Goddess Remembered” that I discovered at the Web Film Database (www.imdb.com):

Unsubstantiated claims abound…, 10 Would possibly 2007

Writer: thorn101 from United States – (Charles Sheaffer)

This movie is full of blatant nonsense and pseudo-clinical drivel. More than a few claims are made within the movie which don’t have any clinical or archaeological foundation, and are simply assumptions or the results of misguided good judgment (and wishful considering).

Claims like (allegedly) Goddess-worshiping Antique Europe used to be an egalitarian, lady-focused society. It used to be cooperative, non-hierarchical, and non-violent. This isn’t real, many fortified prehistoric settlements were present in Europe indicating the presence of war.

David Anthony, an assistant professor of anthropology at Hartwick School in Oneonta, N.Y., stated that there’s additionally proof of guns, together with a few used as symbols of standing, and of human sacrifice, hierarchy, and social inequality. There could also be no proof that ladies performed the vital position, in both the social construction or the faith of Antique Europe.

Lengyel and Tiszapolgar cemeteries point out that preventing, searching, and buying and selling have been male actions, as a result of males have been buried with flint equipment, guns, animal bones, and copper equipment. Pottery used to be almost certainly made through ladies and used basically by way of them in household actions. That is mirrored through unearths of pottery with feminine is still. Additionally no domesticated or wild animals are related to feminine burials.

Claims that satellite tv for pc pictures have proven that the Neolithic monoliths of the Goddess “all stand on power strains, which criss-move the earth” is natural pseudo-technology. There aren’t any things like “power strains” that pass the earth. Additionally students at the moment are disputing the identity of neolithic megaliths with any so-referred to as “Goddess” worship.

The movie incorporates many extra such unsubstantiated claims.

General this can be a great flick to observe on an all women night time sleepover birthday party even as honoring your inside goddess with huge quantities of chocolate. The truth is this mockumentary has no position in ladies research, anthropology or archaeology, and I’m appalled to nonetheless see it being taken so significantly.

Fascinating, eh? It brings to thoughts an antique Shakespearian quote, “The person protests an excessive amount of.” I do know that neither he nor I have been round 20,000 years or so in the past, so I consider his argument is moot.

I might say that the primary subject of “Goddess Remembered” is how ladies and nature are one. “As a species, we do not stand except nature,” is one thing that Charlene Spretnak stated, and I consider she is true. It in reality comes right down to this equation:

Ladies = Nature (illustrated via caves, snakes, water, and so forth.)

Guy vs. Nature (which pits Guy towards Lady)

Till Guy honors and respects Nature and therefore, Lady, our downward spiral towards oblivion by means of warfare and the destruction of the Earth, will lift us all down that quick and vengeful river in combination. And that might certainly via the top of His- and Her-tale.

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