Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Saturday, July 28! The Once and Future Bee Priestess
Saturday, July 28! 8:30 AM University of Utah / Sunstone Symposium Session # 314 Paper: The Once and Future Bee Priestess
Presenter: Elizabeth Russell Quick has an M.A. in women’s spirituality from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA. Her previous Sunstone sessions include presentations on female shamanism in Judeo-Christian and Mormon traditions and on Emma Smith as shaman.
This session will examine the emblem and symbol of bee/hive, noting the connections between bees and their hives as symbolic of the feminine divine and a matriarchal society, the ancient bee priestess as shaman, and the idea of contemporary Mormon woman as bee priestess. It also examines the connections between the nineteenth- century restoration movement and its restored symbol of bee and hive, and the parallel emergence of the women’s movement and feminist spirituality from the nineteenth century into the twenty-first century.
Respondent: Doe Daughtrey has a PhD in religious studies and teaches courses on women and religion, religion in America, religion and popular culture, and Mormonism.
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