The spiritual heritages of pagan Europe: wisewomen, healers, seers, enchantresses and nightfarers. We'll look at folk names for the witch, and female sacraments of spinning, weaving, herbcraft, divination, incantation and sacred dance. Fatas, faeries, and the “good women who go by night” with the Old Goddess: Diana, Holle, Nicnevin, Abundia, Andra Mari, Perchta. Though the bishops fought to suppress it, this ancient veneration persisted in Europe: Norns, the Weird Sisters, Befana, faerie godmothers, Eorthan Mother and her serpents, Sapiente Sibillia, the Baba Yaga, Diana—and shamanic myths of the witches' flight and ecstatic dances.
a visual talk by Max Dashu
90 minutes, with extra time for discussion. Requires digital projector, screen
or white wall, mic, and extension cables where necessary