Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Women Conducted Sacraments

“Prior to the Old Testament, there did not exist any society that prevented women from conducting significant sacraments, but the first religion based on a book, and all subsequent Western literate religions banned women from officiating over important ceremonies. With the sudden rise of literacy, the requisite spirituality necessary to conduct a religious ritual became the sole province of males.”

~Leonard Shlain, The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image

Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes

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