Visual talks / events with Max Dashu

Sunday Dec. 10, Noon (San Francisco time, live)

The Wu: Female Shamans of Ancient China:

Ancient sources show the Wu carrying out invocation, divination, dream interpretation, healing, exorcism, driving off evil spirits, and performing ecstatic rain dances. Old sources describe the powers of the Wu in their ecstasies– speaking in spirit tongues, spitting fire, flying on clouds, and slashing themselves with knives yet no blood flowed. This visual show looks at ancient imagery of the Wu, especially as depicted in bronzes of the Warring States period, in the _Chuci_, and in more recent icons of the deified shaman / adepts Chen Jinggu and Mazu.

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Previously this year:

Jul 28-30  Witches and Pagans: Down to the Roots, and another show TBA, at the Green Spirit Festival, Circle Sanctuary Nature Preserve near Barneveld, Wisconsin.

Wed Aug 2, 7 pm Canaanite and Hebrew Goddesses
Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren
2810 Beacon Street (at Kenwood), Fort Wayne, IN 46805
$15. Register at (260)-482-7402 OR kuanyin011@
Sponsored by Sophia Sanctuary, Ft. Wayne

Aug 25-30 I'm presenting two new visual talks,The Wu: female shamans in China, and Xi Wangmu, at Immortal Sisters: Taoist Women's Conference, a historic meeting of female Taoists at the Menla Center in Phoenicia, NY. See Contact:

Sept 7-10 Witches and Pagans: Down to the Roots and (new show) The Cosmic Weaver, at Goddess Spirit Rising International Goddess Conference, Simi Valley CA.

Fri Sept 22, 7-9 pm Woman Shaman: The Ancients
A transformative visual journey: female invokers, chanters, ecstatic dancers, shapeshifters, spirit-riders, oracles, diviners and healers. View a rare array of medicine women, drummers, and dreamers, of staff and serpents, and water your dreamscape with spiritual riches.
Nalanda Events Center, Naropa University. 6287 Arapahoe Ave, Boulder CO 80301
Free to Naropa students (with ID). Advance tickets ($15) here, or $15-$25 sliding scale fee at the door. (303) 245-4785 Sponsored by Naropa University

Sun Sept 24, 2 pm Witches and Pagans: Down to the Roots. Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver, Colorado 80205. $15. Please note afternoon time of this event!

Thurs Oct 26-Sun 29, Witches and Pagans: Down to the Roots, and Female Icons, Ancestral Mothers, at the Daughters of Diana Gathering, San Bernardino mountains.

Oct. 29-Nov. 5, Building Pathways not Walls, in Xicotepec De Juárez, Puebla, and Teotihuacan, Mexico. A conference sponsored by The Kolo: Women's Cross-Cultural Collaboration, Natural Learning Foundation, Mago Academy, and Anthropological Research in cooperation with Mexican organizations and communities. There will be dance! Early Bird Registration by 7/31/17 is only $250.00 or pay $325.00 afterwards. Includes shared dormitory lodging, meals and conference.

Thurs Nov 16, 7 pm. The Cosmic Weaver, at the San Francisco Public Library. Main Library, Civic Center, 100 Larkin. Free admission, sponsored by the Library. (415) 557-4400.

Nov 27-Dec 4. Shifting Loyalties a residential gathering for women in the heart of Pendle, Lancashire, established by idle women in collaboration with Silvia Federici. It is a space for women to hold critical conversations, build connections and friendships, excavate our histories and forge a different future. What can we do to address the urgency of global violence against women, from domestic violence to wars, media representation to pay gaps, reproductive rights to the silencing of creative and political voice? Shifting Loyalties is an open space for self-organising with some invited guest speakers. All women are invited to bring something to share, to discuss, to do or make together, a story of your experience or the work you are involved in. Coldwell Activity Centre, Back Lane, Burnley, BB10 3RD

Watch this space for other events in Britain in Nov/Dec, TBA.