Snake Goddess Of Crete  

Posted by Stella Clark

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THE MINOAN RELIGION FOCUSED PRIMARILY ON GODDESSES AND HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS A "MATRIARCHAL" RELIGION. IN ANCIENT TIMES, THE ONLY PEOPLE ALLOWED TO DIVINE THE FUTURE OR TO ACT AS SEERS WERE WOMEN. FURTHERMORE, STATUES OF PRIESTESSES IN MINOAN CULTURE SHOW DEPICT MEN AND WOMEN PARTICIPATING IN THE SAME SPORTS SUCH AS BULL-LEAPING LEADING TO THE BELIEF THAT THAT MEN AND WOMEN HELD EQUAL SOCIAL STATUS. INHERITANCE WAS THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN MATRILINEAL.

THE "MINOAN SNAKE GODDESS" DOMINATED CRETE, YET NONE OF US KNOW HER NAME. SHE WAS A MOTHER GODDESS, THAT MUCH WE KNOW. SOME SAY SHE WAS A FERTILITY DEITY WHILE OTHERS BELIEVE THAT SHE WAS A HIGH GODDESS AND PRIESTESS, A POWERFUL SORCERESS. SHE WEARS A LONG, FLOUNCED SKIRT AND BARES HER ROUND BREASTS PROUDLY. ON HER HEAD IS A SACRED CAT; IN HER HANDS WRITHE TWO SNAKES. HER AMPLE HIPS ACCENTUATE HER FERTILITY AND HER STARING EYES HINT THAT SHE MAY BE IN A TRANCE. HENCE, IT IS BELIEVED THAT SHE REPRESENTS A FEMALE ORACLE SINCE SNAKES ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE MAGIC POWERS. THUS, THE SNAKE GODDESS REPRESENTS THE FEMININE MYSTERIES AND HOLDS ALL THE MAGICAL POWERS OF THE SERPENT.

Her 3600 year old figure was discovered in the temple of Knossos on the island of Crete. It is dated to before the eruption of Thera, which destroyed the temple. She holds a snake in each uplifted hand, and from Her appearance, it is obvious that She is presiding over an important ceremony. She is truly magnificent.

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Goddess Xilonen  

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XILONEN (pronounced she-LO-nen) is the Aztec Goddess of corn. She is the wife of Tezcatlipoca, God of the night sky and the earth. She represents the young corn, just reaching tenderness. She is the maiden aspect of the corn Goddess, Chicomecoatl as the mother aspect, and Ilamatecuhtli as the crone. Her name means "the hairy one," referring to the silk tassels on new corn. In summer, maidens were sacrificed in Xilonen's name to ensure a good harvest of corn.

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