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"Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched." — Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth 

(Source: badjujumamma, via sex-death-rebirth)


Ancient Roman gold bracelet in the form of a coiled snake, 1st century AD, Pompeii (The British Museum)

The ancient nubian pyramids of Meroë in northern Sudan (by opaxir).

Sudan - The Black Pharaohs
The Meroe Pyramids.
The Meroe Pyramids are located in the North-East of Sudan near the banks of the Nile in the area commonly known as Nubia. There are close to two hundred pyramids in a relatively small area, the ancient burial site of the Merotic Kingdom (sometimes known as the Kingdom of Kush). The Pyramids are smaller than their Egyptian cousins but equally impressive due to their number. The first of the Meroe Pyramids were built about 800 years after the last Egyptian pyramids were completed. The Meroe pyramids were constructed from large blocks of sandstone. They’re angled more steeply than the Egyptian pyramids…
(by Retlaw Snellac)

Vishnu um bronze from Nepal

Gold and enamel ear stud
Nubian, Meroitic Period, A.D. 90–220
Around the conical center is a lotus flower fringed by a granulated double band. Stemmed blossoms make up the rim decoration.
via MFA Boston

Two Spiders
Pendant (ca. 700AC); gold/copperalloy
via SMB

Kashan palace facade
by Germán Vogel

The Great Mosque of Aleppo or the Umayyad Mosque of Aleppo was the largest and one of the oldest mosques in the city of Aleppo, Syria.  The mosque was purportedly home to the remains of Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist. It was built in the beginning of the 8th century. However, the current building dated back to the 11th through 14th centuries. The minaret was built in 1090. It was destroyed during the Syrian civil war in 2013, burning its library containing thousands of rare religious manuscripts. Its famous minaret, which had stood for a thousand years, was toppled.

Le chant de fauves | Tinariwen

Ritual chowki with ghungroos (bells)

Lord Vishnu - Hriday Kamal Me Dhyan vintage 1953 Kalyan (Hindi magazine) Gita Press, Gorakhpur. (via ebay:  alphaomegaphilately)