November 29th  - December 1st    Max Dashu in Melbourne

maxdashuFRIDAY 29  NOVEMBER 2013  -  MELBOURNE


Deasophy: Goddess a visual journey into the female Divine: as Snake, as Mother, as Waters, as Sun, as Spider and Corn and Tree, as Earth or as Heavens. Creatrix, holy Wisdom, the Fates, the Tao, the numinous, primal Mystery. We'll look at ancient figurines in clay and stone and ivory, statues, seals, ceramic plaques, rock art, megaliths, pipes, murals, codices, ancestor carvings and masks. We'll range from Ecuador to Zimbabwe to Iran and China and the Balkans, to Spain, Nigeria, Mexico, Indiana, Eurasia... The presentation draws on the massive collection of the Suppressed Histories Archives, with some 30,000 images..

Tea and coffee will be served afterwards and an opportunity to mingle with the presenter. 



DAY WORKSHOP: Woman Shaman: the Ancients  (Women only event)

A transformative visual journey through images: women as invokers, enchantresses, oracles and diviners, ecstatic dancers, shape-shifters, spirit-riders and sky-walkers, and priestesses of the ancestors. This may be the most comprehensive visual record of female shamanic traditions in the world, a rich international terrain of medicine women and seeresses. "Woman is by nature a shaman," says a Chukchee proverb from Siberia. Yet the female dimension of this spiritual realm has been systematically slighted, even though medicine women have been at its forefront in countless cultures. This will be a rare opportunity to taste their wisdom, reconnect with the Source, and water your visionary dreamscape with spiritual riches. 


EVENING CEREMONY : Celebrating SHE, Who Is

A ceremony incorporating sacramental dance, incantation and movement. Come and be prepared to be transported and transformed.  Led by Max Dashu and Anique Radiant Heart.



Morning: Breasts! sacred symbolism of the Lifegivers (Women only event)

Breasts! we'll see ceremonial breastpots from China, Tennessee, Nigeria, the Philippines, Central America and central Europe. The symbolism of women's breasts as lifegivers in wall murals, doors, pillars, funerary urns, even furnaces; and in votive plaques, jewelry (especially pectorals of beaten gold), figurines, megaliths, wooden drums, and sculptured fountains. A marvelous, fun exploration of a global but overlooked female iconography.

Afternoon: Grandmother Stones of Megalithic Europe  (Women only event)

The female menhir-statues of France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Sardinia are Europe’s earliest monumental art, and yet have been omitted by most histories. We'll look at these rarely-published female statue-menhirs, including a few from Germany, Ukraine, and Greece. We'll explore their recurrent symbolism of breast and necklaces, the "ancestor-face," vulva signs; and note their similarities to Algerian and Ethiopian megalithic statues. These female monuments are the mother-right heritage—and hidden history—at the foundations of European history.



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