HELLO! I hope you enjoy the rebirth of your TRUE SELF & the Oneness and Eternal Love that we are ALL made of. Let's look at the fascinating prehistory of the Jesus resurrection story. It's a long and fascinating tale! At the end of this article, we have a feminist interpretation of Jesus's behavior as wildly Divine Feminine. As radical as it sounds at first, when we contemplate the concepts of Jesus, we see the Divine Feminine everywhere. And the pagan roots of pre-Christian Easter are full of goddesses.
Pop culture can be very misleading. Forget the guilt and shame for not fitting into the Hallmark or television portrayals of what the holidays are supposed to be. Each holiday that may seem meaningless in our materialist culture today actually has deep roots that tell an important, ancient and lost part of the human story.
The following is a compilation from an interview between Valerie Tarico and Tony Nugent, a Presbyterian minister and a professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University.
Some say the crucifixion and resurrection narratives simply retell the cycle of seasons, the death and return of the Sun. Others say that these stories are literal histories. But you say the reality is more complicated than either of these. You argue that the Easter stories - the death and resurrection of Jesus have very specific mythic origins.
While the story is told as if it happened, it is a theologically and mythically constructed history. The conclusion of the story, the account of Christ’s crucifixion, resurrection and ascension to heaven, has many layers. But at its core I would say it is an historicized version of a very ancient myth from Mesopotamia, the Cradle of Civilization, the land we today call Iraq. In the Sumerian tradition, in which much of the Bible is rooted, the story is called,“From the Great Above to the Great Below” or “The Descent of Inanna.” There is also a Babylonian version of the myth, which is called “The Descent of Ishtar,” and she is known elsewhere as Astarte.
DEATH & RESURRECTION OF ISHTAR
The Sumerian goddess Inanna is the personification of the planet Venus the “Queen of Heaven” and a major deity in the Sumerian pantheon. A long, long time ago, before humans are even created, Inanna, takes a journey to the Underworld, a realm under the control of her sister Ereshkigal. Before heading out Inanna gives instructions to her assistant about rescuing her if she runs into trouble, which she does. In the underworld, she enters through seven gates, and her worldly attire is removed. “Naked and bowed low” she is judged, killed, and then hung on display. The result of Inanna’s death is that the earth becomes sterile. Plants start drying up, and animals cease having sexual relations. Unless something is done all life on earth will end. After Inanna has been missing for three days her assistant goes to other gods for help. Finally one of them Enki, creates two creatures who carry the plant of life and water of life down to the Underworld, sprinkling them on Inanna and resurrecting her. She then prepares to return to the upper realm.
WAS JESUS ACTUALLY A FEMININE SYMBOL?
The real story is yet complex. It's an attack by the masculine virtues embodied in the hierarchy – certainty, strength, power, reason – on the feminine ones embodied in Christ – love, compassion, self-sacrifice and unreasoning trust.
If we were to cast Jesus as a woman instead of a man, the Christ story may make more sense. At every turn, the Jesus version inverts the heroic male mode into its yielding, female counterpart. Any numinous reading of the given shows that, psychologically and symbolically, the Jesus figure is profoundly female. Jesus' sacrifice is of self, not of others. It is accepted but assiduously not willed. His resurrection results not from his warrior skills or strategic cunning, but from his refusal to exercise power that is in his grasp. His godly promise is not to help mortals win in war or life, as Zeus or Heracles might, but to teach us to reconceive the paradox of loss.
At every point – pun notwithstanding - Jesus is the penetrated, not the penetrator. This was the revolution. Christ doesn't simply oppose male power structures. He insists that the old power model – aggressive, domineering, objectifying – is illusory; that real power is openness, vulnerability, love. This is what made them so angry. It's why he had to die. Even the way the death itself is turned into a parodic test, where the official lynch mob mocks the dying man by suggesting he prove his divinity by saving himself, became, in history, the woman's test - the ducking stool. Only by dying can Jesus show his persecutors their mistake. The point is that might cannot equal right. Torture cannot produce truth. Force can produce the appearance of harmony, but not its fact. You can't force the land into fertility, women into love or children into goodness. This is self-evident. Yet for 2000 years we have accepted religious structures based on might.
In her book When Women Were Priests, writer and scholar Karen Jo Torjesen argues convincingly that the early church, until the 3rd century, included numbers of women priests, but that this was stamped out by the hierarchy of 4th century Christian polemicists by exploiting the idea that a public woman was a sexual woman, and therefore to be derided.
The pre-existence of these paradigms might explain the church's perpetuation of them, but also makes more blindingly obvious that Jesus' virtues – the humility, modesty, chastity, patience, compassion and love he consistently opposes to male agency - are the virtues of womanhood. The church's exile of women is surely itself a heresy, exiling Jesus.Everyone needs a go-to, cozy sweatshirt to curl up in, so go for one that's soft, smooth, and stylish. It's also perfect for cooler evenings!
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