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patriarchs3imagesPatriarchy did not begin with the Bible, but its practice was adopted and reinforced by the biblical authors. The more male centered and male identified a tribe or society becomes, the more oppressed its female population is. What happens in religious cultures that have their focus centered upon the male is that their gods take on an increasingly male identity and all traces of the feminine side slowly fade away. The ancient goddesses were revered for their life giving qualities, but as the status of men was elevated female attributes were degraded and male attributes elevated. The sperm became the life force of continuance, whereas the female was relegated to only being the fertile soil in which life grew. Read the rest of this entry »

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