Friday, October 09, 2009


From the album "Old Wives Tales," one of my favorites of all time, Exene Cervanka (also of the band X) prophetically sings:
"Now we want to rule the moon...leave heaven alone!"
I can't believe this album was recorded in 1989. So ahead of it's time.

Exene Cervenka from modi Frank on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Turkey Unearths 16,000-year-old Mother Goddess Figurine

Excerpted from:

ANKARA, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- Archeologists have unearthed a 16,000-year-old mother goddess figurine during a cave excavation in south Turkey, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported on Monday.

The clay figurine was found during the excavation work of the Direkli Cave in the Kahramanmaras province, which started on July 15, Gazi University Archeology Department lecturer Cevdet Merih Erek told the agency Monday.

The finding showed that women had a high social status in the region 16,000 years ago and that the method of using fired clay in making figurines was older than previously thought, Erek was quoted as saying.

Before the discovery, the oldest fired clay god or goddess figurines unearthed in Mesopotamia, Anatolia and other Near East regions were found to be made in 5,000 BC, said Erek.

In a separate report, the Anatolia news agency said broader archeological excavations have started in the Sabuniye Tumulus, in the Sutasi hamlet of Samandag town in south Turkey's Hatay province.

Archeologists had discovered artifacts belonging to the Egyptian and Mycenaean civilizations in earlier excavations of the tumulus, which was found to be a major commercial and cultural port city in the Bronze Age, Hatice Pamir, chairperson of the Mustafa Kemal University (MKU) Archeology Department, told the agency on Monday.

Nearly 30 people including 16 scientists are participating in the excavation work, which was organized jointly by Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry and the MKU, Pamir was quoted as saying.

Editor: Mu Xuequan

Friday, August 14, 2009

From Salt Lake City Weekly

Sunstone Symposium
By Dallas Robbins

The Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium is an annual gathering of scholars, historians, novelists, feminists, activists, and anyone intellectually curious about Mormon culture and history. Now in its 30th year, the symposium is a forum for liberals and conservatives, heretics and orthodox, atheists and believers, a place where free and open discussion is explored and encouraged.

This year’s theme, “Zion’s Sisterhood,” focuses a number of presentations on feminist topics, ranging from “Sex and the Heavenly Mother,” women and the priesthood, and “The Achievements and Ironies of Women’s Religious Creativity” (the free opening lecture Aug. 12). With more than 300 sessions, there is something for everyone. Highlights include presentations on Utah County’s Dream Mine, Gnostic retellings of Adam and Eve, discussion of the temple ceremony depicted in Big Love, the controversy over Book of Mormon witnesses, polygamist wives talking about their experiences, and even a panel on the mythic and religious elements of vampires and Twilight.

Along with a wide variety of challenging history and thorny theological debates, the symposium isn’t afraid of tackling the increasingly important issues of homosexuality and religion. Stephen Williams will screen his short film Voicings, a story about a devout Mormon husband and his secret gay life. The Gay Mormon Literature Project is a panel exploring Mormon and gay themes in film, books and plays. And pioneer researcher Dr. Caitlin Ryan discusses the influence of families on their LGBT children.

The Sunstone Symposium offers a unique experience for the adventurous and those curious enough to challenge their mind—and maybe stretch their soul.

Sunstone Symposium @ Salt Lake City Sheraton, 150 W. 500 South, Aug. 12–15. Registration and ticket prices vary.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Check out the NEW online Magdalene Circle! (updated)

The inaugural episode, launched on Mary Magdalene's Feast Day, July 22nd, 2009. Every 22nd of the month is a new episode: 

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New Updates!

Some of the "Suggested Reading" lists in the sidebar to the right have been updated so check for the NEW articles!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Ancestral Stones of the Elder Kindreds - FREE webinar

1) Wed. July 8, 7:30 pm US Eastern time (=4:30 pm Pacific)
Reserve your place for July 8 at this URL:


2) Thurs. July 9, 7:30 pm GMT (London time) (= 8:30 western Europe, or 11:30 am US Pacific) Reserve your place for July 9 at this URL:

The megalithic sanctuaries, stone circles, and statue-menhirs are the foundational culture of ancient (PRE-INDO-EUROPEAN) Europe. In this webinar Max Dashu will provide a visual overview of these womb-tombs and especially the female menhir-statues of France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sardinia, and more. We'll also look at similarities to Algerian and Ethiopia menhir-statues, and the ancestor-face motif.

This is a rare chance to look at these early monumental women, which nearly all histories omit, and which are minimized even in most archaeological surveys. Yet this neolithic cultural focus on ancestral grandmothers points toward matrilineage, and the communal burials in the megalithic "passage graves") reflect a collective clan-oriented society.

Join Max Dashu for this free webinar which kicks off an online course, Spiritual Heritages of Ancient Europe.


Suppressed Histories Archives: Real Women, Global Vision

Women's Power DVD

Thursday, May 14, 2009

World's Oldest Sculpture discovered - a Venus figurine

(Fair use via Wikipedia)

Most of the interpretaions are pretty patriarchal and sexist but this would have been identified as a goddess by archaeologist Marija Gimbutas. See video on Gimbutas in the post below.

Click here for links:

UPDATE: Great New Article - God the Mother or Paleolithic Porn? by Dale Allen at the Huffington Post

AP: Ivory sculpture in Germany could be world's oldest

Video from Nature

Venus of Hohle Fels from Wikipedia

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Signs Out of Time

The Story of Archaeologist Marija Gimbutas

A documentary on archeologist Marija Gimbutas, who found that Europe’s origins lay in a cooperative, peaceful, neolitihic Goddess culture. Her theories challenge conventional archaeology, spirituality, theology, and religious studies, while inspiring artists, feminists, environmentalists and activists
-- From Belili Productions (where you can order a copy on DVD).

To view full-screen, and parts 2-7 (listed under the "related videos" box to the right) CLICK HERE

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Taking China Galland's class on Black Madonnas and the Dark Mother at the Graduate Theological Union: Art, Darkness, and the Womb of God (!)

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