Goddess Worship with Z. Budapest
Throughout the history of mankind, motherhood has been revered. Lineages were traced through the mother of each family, the chivalry of the middle ages taught a respect and treasuring of all women, and pagan religions were filled with Goddess worship.
As a consequence, in Christianity based religions and out, there is a mother figure given spiritual respect present in each faith system. Even those without a preferred faith base can be heard at some point over their lifetimes to use the word ‘Mother' in reference to the planet we live on (I.e. Mother Earth.)
It is important to note that not all female deities can be referred to as ‘mother goddesses.' What specifically defines a mother goddess is representation of her as a fertile Goddess, whose domain and aspects are based in the lushness of the feminine and growth of spiritual, mental, and emotional self.
Greek and Roman Goddesses
Closely related in pantheon, the Greek and Roman people revered goddesses of the bounty as their matron Goddesses. Among these were Cybele, who was the Magna Mater (Great Mother) of the Greek people, and the Magna Dea of Rome, which referred to pretty much any Goddess of the era, though arguably Minerva, the head of the Roman pantheon, could be connected to this title.
In the Egyptian pantheon, mother Goddesses are depicted with features relating to animals who are good mothers, protective and nurturing of their young. Thusly, Goddesses such as Isis and Hathor are revered as mothers. The image of Isis caring for her son Horus was the inspiration for the famous ‘Madonna and Child' painting.
Rather the catch-all for reference to Earth Mother worship, Mother Earth/Gaia is a representation of our planet in a diety form. She is the nurturing presence who shelters and protects with rocks, soil and plantlife. Our food, our air, our homes and companions are born from her belly - so to speak. Many of the goddesses represented in religious cultures share aspects of this universal life and motherhood.
In the Christian faith, though there are many minor female figures of importance, none holds the sway of the Virgin Mary. Said to have received the Immaculate Conception, the son of God born of her womb, Mary was also said to have remained a virgin after the birth of Jesus Christ. Christian belief holds that the sanctity of the Virgin Mary was an affirmation of God's love and that her duty and love of God in return shows His divine forgiveness of the female species after the transgressions of Eden.
Why Goddess worship?
The connection between the human spirit and the Divine is an extremely personal one made on emotional and mental levels and seated deep in the heart and soul of a person. While some people tend toward worship of a masculine figure who is both guiding and stern, while loving with the capacity of a father, others identify their connection with the omniscient powers above, below and throughout as a more gentle, steady and motherly type of affinity.
Goddess worship evokes sensitive feelings, such as unconditional love, the safety of the womb and the warmth of a mother's embrace. It is easy to love our mothers more openly, being that we are the product of their loving care and a part of their bodies for nine months. Similarly, the Mother Goddess loves us for being ourselves, and creates us with the same love and care as our human mothers.
shaktilove from nearby You - just behind 2 screens on September 08, 2011:
Thank You for last paragraph, especially ~
Denny Lyon from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA on April 08, 2009:
Lovely historical summary! According to Kabalah, there is basically the Emanation of spiritual principles, divided into duality and personified in Father God and Mother Holy Spirit. Very creative idea for a hub, thanks, enjoyed it!
Frieda Babbley from Saint Louis, MO on April 08, 2009:
How beautiful is this! Nice history.
MarloByDesign from United States on March 08, 2008:
Cool hub! And we cannot forget Mother Nature, especially in the Northeast!! (I don't know if she is considered a 'goddess'...)