Friday, February 12, 2016

Goddess Cults

“Goddesses may have become important symbols to many feminists. …But, warns Cynthia Ozick, ‘Let’s not romanticize them. Their purpose was often human sacrifice. Babies were killed to appease them. Mothers were brainwashed to want their children chosen for death.’” [1]

[1] Quoted by Letty Cottin Pogrebin, “Anti-Semitism in the Women’s Movement,” 1982; Dawn Keetley and John Pettegrew, eds., Public Women, Public Words: A Documentary History of American Feminism, Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005, p. 328.


  1. Purpose Of Religion, Cults Is Romanticization, Glorification

    Not sure what's pt. or purpose for this blog posting; perhaps u might clarify, but Goddess cults often seem to invoke domesticity and agrarian societies, though we know the Amazons and Athena were pointedly active and even quite war-like for personality and qualities.

    Of course, for political purposes, the female must necessarily have some representation within any religious pantheon.

    So there were females fronting for satanism, as in way of human/child sacrifice?--but so what?--for there were surely many male "gods" who were satanistic. And if sacrifice is necessary part of religion, then all any gods or goddesses would have to partake. Further, such child/human sacrifice might not necessarily indicate satanism (extreme subjectivism).

    But what then is and should be "romanticized"?--well everything as that's what religion is all about, isn't it?--romanticization, religion being most exalted, sublime sort of romanticization of whatever qualities are to be worshipped. Thus Christian philosophy is romanticized in New Test. literature and aestheticalism and in and for person/figure of our dear Lord, Christ (= TRUTH, Gosp. JOHN 14:6).

    So a "cult" is for purpose of romanticization--that's the purpose of religion, and it would surely seem the evolution of religion and civilization is towards ever-greater rationalism, the pinnacle reached in dear Christianity, worship of TRUTH (= Christ), hence objectivity of reality, basis of truth, as ONLY way to Godly happiness. But perhaps our blog-meister could provide further guidance for the proper thesis here.

  2. Where are you going with this logic? Assuming that we're working within the logic of a God who is "both male and female", mythical "goddesses" represent universal functions, no? To personify goddesses as having features that have ANYTHING to do with innate"womanhood"/"motherhood"/females seems like a fallacy.