Classical Mythology Images and Insight, Third Edition

Great Goddess

Ancient parthenogenetic goddess (worshiped in Old Europe and many other cultures) whose functions included overseeing the cycle of life, death, and regeneration.  Originally a creator deity, she eventually acquired association with agriculture and was worshiped as an earth goddess.  Gaea is the oldest form of the Great Goddess specific to Greek Mythology.

Web Links

"The Goddess and the Church" by Russ Wise:  An essay written from a Christian perspective.

Spiral Goddess Grove:  “An online temple of the Great Goddess”—a modern day devotee’s perspective.

The Goddess in History:  A look at the evolution of the Goddess. 


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