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Yemoja and Sango are the forerunners -essentially prototypes for the planetary evolution of gender-related mythology--of generations of loving and nurturing female deities and mean-spirited and violent male deities ever ready to torture the hapless mortals.
Recent careful considerations of the iconography of Maya goddesses have set aside Thompson's notion of a single moon goddess in favour of strong evidence for at least two deities with moon-related attributes, as well as the recognition that in both Maya codices and highland Maya mythologies of the ethnographic period, the moon and the earth are closely associated with a number of male and female deities (Taube 1992; Brisko 1994; Milbrath 1999).
She also teaches workshops on female deities and symbol reading.
Mellaart's imagery of elaborate rituals involving wild bulls' horns and the worship of voluptuous female deities captured the imagination of the public, particularly feminists whose goddess cults were gaining momentum in the 1970s.
According to the author, "the image of women as protectors has been documented in many cultures as fierce, female deities rising up to defeat demons who threaten the world.
Throughout the Americas, the indigenous peoples worshipped male and female deities associated with nature and its mysteries.
She might come from another continent and have a different faith from mine, but when she talks about the importance of female deities and the difficulties of combining her career with caring for her family, we are on sisterly ground.
As another instance, Revard uses the Renaissance mythographers to reveal complex, constantly shifting interrelationships among the muses, sirens, nymphs, and other female deities that appear in such English poems as "L'Allegro," "Il Penseroso," and "Lycidas.
The main injustice that needs correction is the long-standing neglect of evidence suggesting that Tomb 7 and other Mesoamerican burials celebrated female deities and perhaps contained the bodies of women as well, the McCaffertys respond.
Chapter 1 deals with Hesiod's Theogony and what it reveals about the limits of Zeus's paternal authority, particularly in regard to the female deities who reject and resist his attempts to bring them under his Olympian sway.
As in the preceding scene, the auxiliary figures on the right seem to be female deities, shown emerging from the background without lower torsos and legs.
As Craighead told Heffern: "Both art and anthropology show that for hundreds of thousands of years our Paleolithic ancestors venerated female deities.
He proposes the following development: The early Sumerian pantheon was dominated by female deities who resided in the capital of the city-state; each ruler (en), was considered to be the goddesses' consort and representative in the secular realm.
Most favoured was Venus, mentioned in 66 works, followed by Diana in 42, Minerva in 32 and Juno in 26, with the other ancient female deities trailing far behind.
An abundance of female deities, Nicole Loraux argues, does not mask the continued worship of the "Mother Goddess' if there ever was one, and does not exalt the status of mortals of the female gender.