The myth of the moon goddess - Cynthia Fay Davis
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Still, Ix Chel is not an easy goddess to describe. Over her thousands of years of existence, her names, the names of her husbands, her forms, her powers, and the stories told about her, all continually changed or coexisted. This next site and the following one allow a beginner to get an overall view of all that has been attributed to her.
Yet many disagree with these findings. Even though the Maya codices gave us as an enormous amount of visual information about her, they still needed to be interpreted. Some believe that the 19th century Romantic Movement in Europe and the United States allowed archeologists of the time to arrive at idealized assumptions and conclusions. In their search for a poetic moon goddess, they might have actually rolled two goddesses into one!
Perhaps the most amazing remaining evidence of the goddess is her 2,000-year-old shrine at San Gervaio. Not only is it still standing, but continues to attract worshipers and tourists from far and wide.
In many cultures goddess worship has been all but forgotten. Yet, the ever-changing Ix Chel has once again been transformed to meet modern-day needs and desires. Weavers appreciate her as much today as they did in ancient times, and her name is still closely associated with Maya healing. If you are interested in discovering more about moon goddesses from other cultures, the this site will provide you with a long list of names and regions to help you get started.
If you would like to discover more goddess and heroine folktales, you are invited to visit Cynthia Davis’ website, Goddess and Heroine Folktales from around the World, to listen to audio stories with texts.
Today's lesson was inspired by the research and writings of the archeologist and feminist author, Merlin Stone. Her first book on ancient goddess worship was called When God Was a Woman. In writing this book, her hope was to give women back their long-lost identity as leaders, by showing the world that females had once been seen as powerful and deeply respected.
Stone went on to write another book, Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood, about goddess and heroine folklore from around the world. The Myth of Ix Chel was one of the many beautiful tales that she chose for her collection.
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