by Eric Whollem
iron oxide on white earthenware clay
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Bird Woman, an Ancient European Archetype
The Goddess is described in the Rig Veda as 'Bird.'
This Hindu scripture is the oldest written human
record, believed to be about 6,000 years old.
The metaphysical system in this poetic document
hearkens to that era when the old matriarchal forms
of social life had begun to give way to the patriarchal
Aryan cattle raising and raiding cultures of the Steppes
of Central Asia.
Nevertheless the Vedic Bird Goddess remains as a remnant
of the preshistoric Goddess Cultures of Eurasia.
My small figurine above has the beaked face of Bird. The
red color is frequently associated with the Goddess in
many cultures. It symbolizes the menstrual cycle and
stands as a symbol of the Matron aspect of the Goddess.
In many interpretations of ancient lore, the Goddess is
said to have three aspects: the Virgin, the Matron, and
the Crone. These correspond to the colors white, red,
and black. The Triple Goddess is thus a highly revered
concept even today.
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