What Is Sacred Feminine?

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Most of us were introduced to the term "Sacred Feminine" by Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. The book became a major bestseller and a cause for much debate all over the world. Still, the term is quite vague in our minds.

History of Sacred Feminine
Over the years, there have been many interpretations drawn from the term. Most simply, it refers to the divine Goddesses who rule our lives. The strength and power of these Goddesses have been depicted all across the world and in different periods of time. She is Venus in Rome and is responsible for important functions in a human's life such as love, beauty, fertility, prosperity and even their military outcome. In Tibet, she is known as Tara, the Goddess of wisdom. In Greece, she is Aphrodite, the Goddess of love and desire and was deeply rooted in most important festivals conducted in the country. She was a God of Nature and was greatly feared and worshipped. In India, she is Shakti, referring to life's energy and is often prayed to as a Shiva- Shakti, the power of Shiva. In fact, early Indian scriptures such as the Bhagavad Gita point out that "Without Shakti, Shiva is nothing".

Sacred Feminine

Another interpretation of the "Sacred Feminine" was that the female body was considered sacred due to the ability to give birth, continue life on earth, and transform her body to such great lengths. In many sculptures all across the globe, Goddesses have been portrayed naked, with her breast, stomach and navel given due prominence and this was to draw attention to her innate sensuality- as her ability to give birth was considered auspicious. In fact, there are certain pagan rituals followed, where a man mating with a woman was thought to bring him closer to God.

The Sacred Feminine also sometimes refers to the revolution to give women an equal role or importance in religious functions all over the world. There is a lot of evidence stating that initially, women were considered very important in festivities and religion, and were worshipped much more than their men counterparts. Women were given a lot of respect while conducting rituals, but over the years, their importance declined drastically and "The Sacred Feminine" was a revolution to bring back their importance.

What's now?
The most modern interpretation of the term, however, is to make women all over the world understand that they do not need to fight for their rights. They should not put up a war in the household or in their work place to prove they are better than men. Instead, they should embrace their womanhood and inner strength, and aim for a life of cooperation with men. Women have been blessed with qualities such as resistance, loyalty, multi tasking, creativity, empathy, etc. And women should make the most use of it in both their personal and professional lives.

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Story first published: Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 16:20 [IST]
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