spiritual development and descent...

I have become intrigued with learning more about how women develop spiritually, especially in Western culture which is inherently patriarchal. Its a thread woven into the topic of women artists who create sacred art and where that comes from inside them.

I am reading Sylvia Brinton Perera's Descent to the Goddess which is her analysis from a Jungian viewpoint of the Inanna and Erishkigal myth. I am finding the sections on Erishkigal and what she represents very intriguing.

Erishkigal is the one in the myth that I usually gloss over - and now I know why. Because she is the power of the myth, the power of woman in a way that Western culture cannot acknowledge without admitting how repressed women are in our culture. She is the mother who has to be cold and hard to teach her child how to survive in the world. The woman who strips her sister of all her cultural bindings and leaves her to die before piercing her with a new life that makes her sister whole in a way she was not before her descent.

There is an oscillation between Erishkigal and Inanna that seems to corrollate to what women naturally do to truly connect to themselves and to grow spiritually. More to explore here....

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