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Getting To Know The Goddess Series
The Scythian & Nordic Deer Mother: Images and Lessons from the Ancient North
Presented by Kathryn Henderson
Reverence for the Deer Mother as nurturing mother of life and death spanned Eastern Europe and the Steppes in prehistory. Evidence ranges from Scythian depictions in gold and mundane materials, dating from 600 BCE and prior, preserved in the permafrost, in which she
appears as a deer with antlers sprouting birds, to later images as a powerful antlered woman, and finally as a human-form Goddess, adored by worshipers. Examination of such representations in light of Nordic shamanic beliefs reveals myths of the earth's formation from the loving heart of the golden-hoofed doe in a planet that quakes when her children engage in violence, a timeless lesson, applicable today.
KATHRYN HENDERSON, PhD, MFA, Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University, teaches in Sociology and Women's Studies and is also ordained clergy in the Reformed Congregation of the Goddess, International.
Following paths of scholar teacher, ritualist, creatrix, and healer, her research has included the heritage of the Scythian and Nordic Deer Mother (published in Patricia Monaghan's Goddesses in World Cultures, 2010) and making known the voices of practitioners of living spiritual traditions in order to engage them with respect.
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