In almost every ancient
are about to enter the shrine of the Mother of Old.
(Entrance at the bottom of this page)
First you shall have and read some information on this goddess of old,
so that you approach her in the appropriate way.
Click here to have only a short info about her.
Her stoneage-names are forgotten, but we know many names of the later ancient cultures.
But even today, we personalize nature as female and call Her Mother Nature or Mother Earth.
Picture by Susan Boulet
Other Names and Titles
|Gaia, Ga or Ge (greek: Mother Earth
Gatumdu (sumerian name)
Picture from Laussel/France
Her Image Representation
|"The Mother of all" is mostly portrayed as a (maybe pregnant) corpulent female person with large breasts and broad hips. Sometimes she carries a horn of plenty and is shown with fruits or children. (click on the thumb to see detailed picture)|
|She represents the fruitfulness and fertility of nature itself. Therefore her corpulent figure, the large breasts and her -sometimes shown- immense vulva must be seen as a sign of these aspects of nature. Also it speaks of another female stereotype than the twiggy of our days. The female sex itself is sacred and holy. The act of birth a mysterium and wonder of itself.||
Mothergoddess from Catal Huyuk
|"The Great Mother" was the only known and worshipped Goddess of the stoneages. In almost all creation myths of all cultures she appears to be the eternal, not born, just existing Beginning of time. She gives the earth the shape it is in. She is the bearer of the world and the population of this planet (plants, animals and humans). Tales of Her are forgotten, but everyone can get a glimpse of Her important role, when reading ancient creation myths of what religion soever.|
THE MOTHER is all
|Another important role of the Magna Mater must have been to guarantee the fruitfulness of nature and to protect the stoneage people from famine or disasters. Back to TOP|
Her Signs and Symbols
Of course the Great Mother had many symbols and signs. On the wallpaintings and engraving of the stoneages symbols can be seen, which must represent the goddess. Some look like shields, others are just a triangle, the vulva of the goddess.
|One surly was the horn of plenty.||Back to TOP|
certain, that the stoneage people did sacrifice and made offerings to the
Mother. Not so sure is, what the sacrifices and offerings actually were:
From everything grown out of nature, flowers, corn, milk, honey, seeds to
parts of the hunted dear, animals or even humans. Today the idea of human
sacrifice is a horror in our eyes, but one could assume that in the stoneages
maybe it was a great honour to be sacrificed to the goddess in order to guarantee
the survival of the whole group.
Personally I don't believe the pink-glasses wearing spiritual people of today that have the opinion in the older ages everything had to be love and loveliness. Human sacrifice just dosen't seem to fit in their thoughts of how the dawn of mankind must have been. But trying to imagine what the stoneages people thought, I would think, that giving the most precious gift -life itself- to the goddess must have been an offering, which was made only for very special purposes and reasons.
Alas, maybe the thoughts on death were much different from today's: Returning to the mother and promised rebirth.
Short Information on Mother Earth
Offerings: Flowers and seeds, corn, parts of the hunted animal.
And now enter her shrine