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Mother Goddesses
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1. History

In a special way the mother is a figure in whom people see great power. The result in religion has been the worship of mother goddesses.

1.1. Early Paleolithic and Ancient Greece

Already in the European and Near Eastern Early Paleolithic (40,000–25,000 b.c.), the ability to give life found expression in many female figures with heavily emphasized sexual features, as well as in snake and bird deities (Serpent; Sexuality). By 6000 b.c. we find the Anatolian Great Mother, or Magna Mater.

In the early Greek period we …

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Elsas, Christoph, “Mother Goddesses”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 06 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_M876>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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