We are thrilled to host our academic heroine at Soul Seed. Max Dashu has dedicated the last 40 years to offering us the substantial ‘herstoric record’, the archeological evidence of the culture, power and wisdom of women around the world.
1. Cosmic Weaver
Premiere of a new presentation on Goddesses who weave the fibers of being, shape lives and the fabric of existence itself: Neith of Egypt; Xi Wangmu of China; Ix Chel among the Maya and Ixcuina / Tocí / Tlazolteotl in Mexico; the Seventh Nummo of the Dogon in Mali; the Moirae, Parcae, Laimas and other European spinners of Fate; and Spider Grandmother among the Pueblos, Mississippian and South American peoples.
2. Legacies of the Priestess
Women’s spiritual leadership in cultural heritages around the world: invokers, ecstatic dancers, snake women, drummers, libators. A rich collection of images from the ancient art in Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Crete, Greece, Anatolia, Cyprus, Tibet, China, Japan, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Dahomey, Nigeria, Russia, Norway, Malawi, and Eritrea. And photos from some of the living priestess traditions.
3. Woman Shaman (Options below)
Invocation::: gestures of calling in, benediction, gathering power, from Australia, Baja California, Algeria, Niger, Arabia, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Crete, Ukraine, Canaan, Germany, Central African Republic, Peru, Italy, Nigeria, Mexico, Britain, Japan, Czech Republic, Spain, Ecuador, and Apache Nation.
Ancient Shamans::: The oldest known shaman burials (in Central Europe, Israel/Palestine, Siberia); Egypt, Anatolia, China, Korea, Mexico, Greece, Italy, the Black Sibyls, Python oracles of southeastern Africa (and Surinam); Chuvash and other Uralic shamans, central Asia priestesses, and the sacred mirror of Bactria and Tibet.
4. Witches and Pagans: Down to the Roots
explores female spiritual heritages in early medieval Europe, including seeresses, cauldrons, crystal balls, and witches’ wands. We look at the völur, “staff-women” of Scandinavia, and their oracular seið ceremony. “As the witches teach: ceremonies of weavers, spinners, and healers recorded by priestly penitential books. The Fates, Norns, Wyrd, and Three Weird Sisters (remember MacBeth?), and Women Who Go by Night with the Goddess, riding on spirit animals, brooms or distaffs.
More on Max Dashu
Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research and document women’s history from an international perspective. She built a collection of 15,000 slides and 30,000 digital images, and has created 150 slideshows on female cultural heritages across human history. Dashu’s work bridges the gap between academia and grassroots education. It foregrounds indigenous women passed over by standard histories and highlights female spheres of power retained even in some patriarchal societies.