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Spiritual Heritages of Ancient Europe
What are the authentic spiritual traditions of Europe
--and what happened to them?
What can we reconstruct of women's spiritual leadership and practice from historical and archaeological sources? We'll look at reverence for goddesses, ancestors, and land spirits; pagan priestesses, oracles, healers, herbalists, divination; folk ritual, sexual politics, state and church repression, and the faery faiths.
2012 Session Topics Include:
The Tribe of Danu. Celtic goddesses, priestesses, and wisewomen. Italian sibyls. Etruscans. Patria Potestas. Women's Mysteries. Slaves and Witches. Priestesses Under the Empire. The Magna Mater. (See Vol. I book contents.) This course offers more than will be possible to publish in the print edition! There's nothing quite like it out there.
... We'll cover the second half described in this video
HOW THE COURSE WORKS:
It is conducted through the Veleda listserv, a private YahooGroup for subscribers only. Articles, images, discussion, commentary, questions, and other resources such as links to video clips are sent to you by email, which you can access at your own pace, at any time convenient for you. Don't worry about schedules or meeting times: there aren't any, except for the occasional live-cast webinars.
The webinars are like live slideshows on your computer screen.
I show images and comment on them; you are invited to ask questions or add your comments in real time, or close to it. You can either speak via mic or phone-in, or type in questions via the Gotowebinar interface we use. You don't need to download any software. All course webcasts will be announced on the Veleda listserv. Two or three of each webinar will be offered to accommodate all the participants' time zones.
You have access to the course discussion logs and files for as long as you are subscribed.
There are no grades or required papers and no credits for this course. You are invited to contribute your insights, experience, and relevant resources (web pages, books, articles, videos, etc.) but this is up to you.
One month's subscription is $31.
Subscriptions prepaid for three months or more are $25./month. Low-income scholarship subscriptions are available. If you would like to be a Sustainer, supporting the Suppressed Histories Archives, you can contribute any amount above the monthly subscription. Benefactors (anyone who contributes $50. or more a month) will receive two signed posters or print of your choice.)
You can subscribe month to month or get a discount for subscribing three or four months in advance. You are not required to sign up for the whole course, which is projected to run through March, 2012.
Looking forward to having you join us.
Max Dashu on Youtube: Suppressed Histories: Real Women, Global Vision.
Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women's history from an international perspective. She has photographed some 15,000 slides and created 100 slideshows on female power and heritages transhistorically. For nearly 40 years, Max has presented hundreds of slide talks at universities, community centers, bookstores, schools, libraries, prisons, galleries, festivals and conferences around North America. Her work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education, feminism and multiculturism. It foregrounds indigenous women passed over by standard histories and highlights female spheres of power retained even in patriarchal societies.
Max Dashu is known for her expertise on ancient female iconography in world archaeology, goddess traditions, and women shamans. She has also done extensive research on mother-right cultures and the origins of domination. Her critique of Cynthia Eller's The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory (2000) has been influential in opening up space for consideration of egalitarian matrilineages. (“Knocking Down Straw Dolls" (2000) republished in Feminist Theology 13.2 (2005), Sage Publications, UK) The Women's Power DVD has been screened in the US, Britain, Netherlands, Italy, and Australia. Max is now completing a multi-volume sourcebook on women in European folk religion and the witch hunts.
Visit Max's Suppresssed Histories Archives at SuppressedHistoriesArchives.com, and see more of her art at MaxDashu.net.
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