Holy Well and Sacred Thread by Nancy Vedder-Shults

I usually share this myth as a storyteller and singer.  After introducing each of the goddesses, I sing a verse pertaining to that goddess from Starhawk’s chant, “No End to the Circle.”  When I’ve finished the tale, I sing the chorus one more time: “There is no end to the circle, no end.  There is … Continue reading “Holy Well and Sacred Thread by Nancy Vedder-Shults”

Tiamat’s Tale by Nancy Vedder-Shults

About 15 years ago, I was writing a book entitled Embracing the Dragon: A Myth for our Times.  In it I critiqued the so-called heroic myth, which I call the dragon-slaying myth.  My research led to the discovery of many Western dragon tales, which I retold from the dragon’s perspective. “Tiamat’s Tale,” transcribed below, was … Continue reading “Tiamat’s Tale by Nancy Vedder-Shults”

Kali Ma (Part 3 of 3) by Nancy Vedder-Shults

In contrast to the linearity of our time concept in the West, Indians view life as infinite and cyclical.  Although Hindus, like ancient Greeks, believe in four ages of humanity (the so-called yugas), these occur not just once, but repeat cyclically every several million years.  Similarly, the creator god Brahma is said to have a … Continue reading “Kali Ma (Part 3 of 3) by Nancy Vedder-Shults”

Ramakrishna Devotion to Kali-Ma (Part 2 of 3) by Nancy Vedder-Shults

Ramakrishna was one of the major poets who popularized Kali’s worship in Bengal, the northeasternmost province of India. Born in the early part of the 19th century, he was a Hindu saint in a tradition known as bhakti, where devotees lovingly surrender their hearts, minds and spirits to their chosen deity in a practice which … Continue reading “Ramakrishna Devotion to Kali-Ma (Part 2 of 3) by Nancy Vedder-Shults”

Kali Ma, The Dark Creator and Destroyer by Nancy Vedder-Shults

In contrast to our dualistic thinking here in the West — thinking that separates light from dark, life from death, and chaos from order –there are a number of Eastern philosophies and religions that have retained a more holistic approach to reality. One religion that has done a good job of preserving the awesomeness of … Continue reading “Kali Ma, The Dark Creator and Destroyer by Nancy Vedder-Shults”

“Seeking Harbor in Our Histories” – ASWM 2016 Conference

The Association for the Study of Women & Mythology (ASWM) will be hosting this year’s Conference, “Seeking Harbor in Our Histories: Lights in the Darkness” at the Boston Marriot Burlington Hotel on 1-2 April 2016. ASWM conferences strive to support the scholarship, artistry, & practice of those who explore and engage the sacred feminine through … Continue reading ““Seeking Harbor in Our Histories” – ASWM 2016 Conference”

And Then There Was Sita by Vibha Shetiya

We have been hearing a lot about Kali and Durga lately, manifestations of the great goddess (“Kali Ma,” by Jassy Watson, July 3; “What Would Durga Do?” by Barbara Ardinger, August 2). Nancy Vedder-Shults’ three-part series on Kali (August-October, 2014) too helped shed light on an often misunderstood deity. Both Kali and Durga personify the … Continue reading “And Then There Was Sita by Vibha Shetiya”

How Shall We Then Live? by Esther Nelson

President Obama, responding to the beheading of American journalist, James Foley, by ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), said, “ISIL speaks for no religion…and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents….ISIL is not Islamic” (August 20, 2014). I don’t believe President Obama realizes the tangled thicket he’s entered with those words. We don’t … Continue reading “How Shall We Then Live? by Esther Nelson”

We are Worth the Time it Takes to Create a Practice by Xochitl Alvizo

Recently, in response to the excellent conversation following Nancy Vedder-Shults’ post on the goddess Kali, Carol Christ commented to Nancy, “I too love our conversations, wish there was more in depth talk on our blog [FAR], maybe there will be.” Carol’s comment* struck a deep chord within me. One of the main objectives that the … Continue reading “We are Worth the Time it Takes to Create a Practice by Xochitl Alvizo”

Are Buddhist Women Happy? Part II by Oxana Poberejnaia

In Part I of this post I started asking questions about whether Buddhism in the West is part of patriarchy. Today I offer a possible link between practices of men’s Initiation Rites and some of the elements of Buddhism. Men’s Initiation Rites When we consider principle practices of Western Buddhists, primarily daily meditation and meditation … Continue reading “Are Buddhist Women Happy? Part II by Oxana Poberejnaia”