Thursday, October 24, 2013

Slavery is a central institution mandated by this story.

"These three creation stories were shaped in the patriarchal, slave-holding world of early urban civilization in the eastern Mediterranean of the second and first millennia M.C.E. In the Babylonian story that urban world is still new and precarious. Another world, not under male/human control, stands as the earlier beginning, ruled by a huge theriomorphic Great Mother, who gestated all things, gods and cosmic beings, in the mingled waters of her womb. The story mandates her dethronement, and with it a demotion of the female from primal power to secondary consort." ~ 
Rosemary Radford Ruether, Gaia and God: An Ecofeminist Theology of Earth Healing

Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes 

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