While at the library the other day I happened on a book about the origins of religion. In it I read that many early gods were not gods at all but rather goddesses. There were pictures of numerous pre-historic goddess figures, an image of the Egyptian cow goddess Hathor and many more from various cultures around the world.
The text went on to say that these early nature oriented peoples recognized the relationship between a woman’s reproductive cycle and the phases of the moon upon which they determined their agricultural activities: planting, harvesting and such and from this associated a certain super-natural aspect with womankind.
I guess overtime woman has lost some of her magical association. But, when I think about it there are still women out there who continue to radiate goddess-like qualities. Lady Gaga, Madonna and Sinead O’Connor all seem to think quite a lot about religion.