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Symbols of Minoan Culture

There were a number of distinctive symbols the Minoans cultivated that had significant importance in their rituals and way of life. These distinguishing elements were not unique to the Minoans, which distinguished historians have identified were more cross-cultural, much like the representation of the Mother or Earth Goddess. The origins and similar features are evident…

Hera, why did she get such bad press?

I wrote a post about Hera as part of the Olympian Gods series titled The Price of Love and focused on the mythology for which she was famously known. This article will be more about her pre-history. Thought I’d better get in first before she takes over! ancient greeceargivesargoscataclysmic destructioneternal questfemale deitiesflora and faunagreek goddessGreek…

The Huntress Has Thorns

Since the dawn of time women have been regarded as the ‘fairer’ and ‘weaker’ sex, aphorisms which are out-dated. However there were a number of role models who rallied against these stereotyped terms. Cleopatra, a strong and intelligent woman who ruled a country; Joan of Arc, who was burnt at the stake because men (the…

The First Domestic Goddess

In recent years due to the increasing popularity of cooking shows, a number of ‘cooks’ have become famous, with Nigella Lawson as prime example. Of course Julia Childs must be included, she did pave the way for cooking shows on television. But credit must be given to Hestia, Goddess of the Hearth. If it wasn’t…