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INDEX


Exhibitions

Fulfilling the Legacy of the Goddess*

Where are the Women?*

Fellowship of Isis

Peruvian Woman AD450

Divine and Human: Women in Ancient Mexico

Stone Age Basque Women

Women Surpassing Men in College

Mandala

Goddess Gallery: Awaken my Beloved

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Fulfilling the Legacy of the Goddess:
A journey of empowerment and new beginnings


At the META CENTER 214 W 29th St # 16 New York, NY 10001 (212) 736-0999

Choose from 4 sessions:
10:00am – 11:30am / 12:00pm – 1:30pm / 2:00pm – 3:30pm / 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Kimberly Berg has awakened the ancient goddess! A male pro- feminist artist, Berg’s work challenges the patriarchal system that has evolved to dominate our world by exposing it as a system that is not only unworkable and unsustainable, but also unjust.

Guided by the prehistoric record, which shows evidence that pre-patriarchal Neolithic societies respected and honored their women, Berg believes that we are approaching the tipping point of patriarchal dominance as women gain the confidence to reclaim their inherent birthright. And just to be sure a feminist transformation is underway, Berg has heaved the final stones necessary to tip the scale by launching a campaign to educate the public on the history of women’s culture and the factors that led to its unfortunate subjugation.

Berg has recently unveiled The Legacy of the Goddess, a power point presentation which outlines the forgotten pre-history of women’s culture and highlights the revered role of woman in Neolithic societies. By bringing his message to classrooms and community centers across the country, Berg hopes to restore the female voice so that she may dance once again into the wind.

Join Kimberly Berg Saturday, September 7th at the Meta Center, 214 W 29th St # 16, New York for a special presentation of The Legacy of the Goddess and begin your journey to empowerment!

Together, we will challenge the status quo and lead the charge toward a future of peace and enlightenment. Together, we will fulfill the legacy!

Beautiful change begins with a conscientious choice. Join the legacy and be part of a world where all men and women have a chance to live in harmony and peace.

Suggested donation of up to $20 will be collected at the door. Prints of Kimberly Berg’s art work will also be available.

Please RSVP on Facebook or call Genesis Global Media at 1-855-229-6860.

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WHERE ARE THE WOMEN?

I recently received emails from Ellie Smeal, Nancy Pelosi,and Kelly Ward:

"Where are the women? That’s what we were all asking about yesterday’s House Oversight Committee hearing where Republicans had the gall to convene a panel on birth control coverage with five men and no women.

It’s absolutely insane." (Kelly Ward, DCCC Political Director)

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If you are sick and tired of the way women's issues are treated, help us fight back.

"Who's not being heard? Women. All witnesses on the pictured panel were men - led off by Bishop William E. Lori of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Republican majority rejected the witness for the sole Democratic slot, a Georgetown Law student who had a riveting story in support of birth control access. In protest, Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), members of the committee, courageously walked out.

What's also missing? Equal representation of women in Congress. The Committee itself has only 4 women out of its 40 members.

This is an Anita Hill moment. After the outrageous Anita Hill hearings of 1991, women made the 1992 elections the Year of Women. We doubled the numbers of women in Congress from 5% to 10% in 1992. But women have been stuck for years and are only 17% of the members now, which places the U.S. 71 from the top for representation of women in the national legislatures of the world.

We must turn our anger into action. We must stop women's issues from being made into political wedge issues." (Ellie Smeal, Feminist Majority president

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FELLOWSHIP OF ISIS

If you are looking for a way to begin your spiritual path toward the goddess, the Fellowship of Isis offers a helpful guide.Click here to read excerpts taken from the Introduction to "Dea, Rites and Mysteries of the Goddess" by Olivia Robertson. Also seeLinks Page for link to Fellowship of Isis.

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Two reports have been published recently that show evidence of active leadership roles that women once exercised in Pre-Columbian Mexician and Peruvian cultures.,

PERUVIAN WOMAN OF AD 450 SEEMS TO HAVE HAD TWO CAREERS

by John Noble Wilford

>A woman buried with a golden bowl on her face was wrapped in mummy cloths and buried with military items, hinting at a role as a ruler.

She was a woman who died some 1,600 years ago in the heyday of the Moche lculture, well before the rise of the Incas. Her imposing tomb suggests someone of high status. Her desiccated remains are covered with red pigment and bear tattoos of patterns and mythological figures.

But the most striking aspect of the discovery, archaeologists said yesterday, is not the offerings of gold and semiprecious stones, or the elaborate wrapping of her body in fine textiles, but the other grave goods.

She was surrounded by weaving materials and needles, befitting a woman, and 2 ceremonial war clubs and 28 spear throwers — sticks that propel spears with far greater force — items never found before in the burial of a woman of the Moche (pronounced MOH-chay).

Was she a warrior princess, or perhaps a ruler? Possibly.

"She is elite, but somewhat of an enigma," said John Verano, a physical anthropologist at Tulane University, who worked with the Peruvian archaeologists who made the discovery last year.

"It's among the richest female Moche burials ever found," said Dr. Donnan, an archaeologist of Peruvian culture. "The tomb combines things usually found either exclusively in male or female burials — a real mystery."

The National Geographic Society announced the discovery and is publishing details in its magazine's June issue. The excavations, more than 400 miles northwest of Lima, were supported by the Augusto N. Wiese Foundation of Peru.

Moche culture flourished in the coastal valleys of northern Peru in the first 700 years A.D. The people were master artisans and built huge adobe pyramids. The woman's tomb was near the summit of a pyramid called Huaca Cao Viejo, a cathedral of the Moche religion.

Dr. Verano's X-ray examination revealed that the mummy was a young adult. Lying near her was the skeleton of another young woman who was apparently sacrificed by strangulation with a hemp rope, which was still around her neck. Such sacrifices were common in Andean cults.

Radiocarbon analysis of the rope indicated that the burial occurred around A.D. 450. (New York Times, May 17, 2006)

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DIVINE AND HUMAN: Women in Ancient Mexico and Peru

This is the title of an exhibit currently on display at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC from March 3 to May 28, 2006.

"In ancient Mesoamerica and Andean civilizations, women had daily roles in both the spiritual and actual worlds. They were not only daughters, wives, mothers, and grandmothers, but also healers, midwives, scribes, artists, priestesses, warriors, governors, and even goddesses.

DIVINE AND HUMAN brings together 400 archaeological treasures from the unparalleled museum collections of Mexico and Peru. Magnificent sculptures, textiles, pottery, and jewelry style="line-height:200%" explore the feminine “sphere” in cultures as varied as the Aztec, Mayan, Zapotec, Moche, Mixtec, and Incan."



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STONE-AGE BASQUE WOMEN

Stone-age Basque Language Remains a Mystery,
Sinikka Tarvainen, San Sebastian, Spain (MAIL&GUARDIAN, online, 03 June 2006 07:53)

Scientists remain puzzled by the Basque people of northern Spain and southern France, believed to be the oldest Europeans, whose language appears to date from the palaeolithic age and whose origin is a mystery.

Researchers are also looking into traditional Basque culture to find clues into what Europe was like before the arrival of the war-like, patriarchal Indo-Europeans.

Certain traditions, such as the strong position of women and the worship of the goddess Mari, have led some scholars to conclude that old European societies were at least partly matriarchal and that life was remarkably peaceful.



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WOMEN SURPASSING MEN IN COLLEGE

A recent New York Times article (July 9, 2006) reports in a series of articles on education that women are not only enrolling in college in larger numbers than men but also are surpassing men academically with higher grade- point averages.

"A quarter-century after women became the majority on college campuses, men are trailing them in more than just enrollment.

Department of Education statistics show that men, whatever their race or socioeconomic group, are less likely than women to get bachelor's degrees — and among those who do, fewer complete their degrees in four or five years. Men also get worse grades than women.

And in two national studies, college men reported that they studied less and socialized more than their female classmates.

Small wonder, then, that at elite institutions like Harvard, small liberal arts colleges like Dickinson, huge public universities like the University of Wisconsin and U.C.L.A. and smaller ones like Florida Atlantic University, women are walking off with a disproportionate share of the honors degrees.

It is not that men are in a downward spiral: they are going to college in greater numbers and are more likely to graduate than two decades ago.

"The boys are about where they were 30 years ago, but the girls are just on a tear, doing much, much better," said Tom Mortenson, a senior scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in Washington."

For the complete New York Times article see,Women are Leaving Men in the Dust

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MANDALA

The mandala is an ancient religious symbol used in India to aid in meditation practices. It was designed to center the mind and to provide a graphic map of one's spiritual journey toward God, the Buddha, the Ultimate Reality.

Traditionally, the mandala consists of circles which symbolize various stages in ones spiritual journey. The outer most circle depicts the gates by which the seeker enters a sacred enclosed space which will eventually bring him/her to the center (God, Buddha, the Ultimate Reality). The first barrier that is encountered is the circle of fire. Each successive concentric circle symbolizes another stage on the path to enlightenment, heaven, nirvana.

The mandala design is not entirely a product of man's imagination. It can often be found hidden in nature, from the radiating spokes of galaxies or the radiating petals of a flower to the inner design found at the core of sliced fruit, such as an apple, orange, onion, pepper, or kiwi. It is like the hidden mathematical equations that serve as a skeleton for the universe.

In the paintings shown here the mandala is used to create a sense of the Spiritual Cosmic Energies that permeate the Universe. I believe these Cosmic Forces can be known and experienced by every individual. I use the nude figure in these paintings to emphasize the fact that we can not approach these Divine Fields of Energy so long as we cling to masks, disguises, or subterfuges. The nude figure is a metaphor for a certain mental nakedness that is required of us before we can enter through the first gateway into the Mandala.



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GODDESS GALLERY: AWAKEN MY BELOVED

The image at the top of AWAKEN MY BELOVED is an ancient representation of a Paleolithic goddess that has been called the Venus of Laussel. It was carved in rock guarding the opening to a cave in France ca 25,000 BC. You can also find a reference to it in Layne Redmond's book, WHEN THE DRUMMERS WERE WOMEN, p. 32. Redmond states that "This is the oldest image so far discovered associating a Paleolithic goddess with a moon symbol." The bison horn that she is holding symbolizes the crescent moon. It has 13 vertical marks inscribed on it which may represent the 13 months comprising a lunar year.

The triptych of three paintings called AWAKEN MY BELOVED is an attempt to provide a way for women of the 3rd Millennium to make a connection between who they are today and that part of their spiritual self that is 25,000+ years old.I believe such a connection is important because the patriarchal system we live under has tried to completely demolish the origins of women's past identity. Redmond describes the herstorical roots of this lost very well and I was first made aware of it after reading her book. I believe that unless you know who you were herstorically when you first became a conscious being, you can't fully know who you are in the present or who you can be in the future. AWAKEN MY BELOVED is the call of the ancient goddess speaking to the heart of the spiritual seeker.(Also see Willendorf Goddess.)

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