Feminine symbols and religion
In India, the same early reverence for the female as the source of life is evident from the archaeological remains, and here it would seem that the Goddess remained undiminished, with the cult of the Goddess still being of paramount importance, especially for Śaktas (see e.g. DEVĪ, ŚAKTI, KĀLI, DURGĀ, RĀDHA, SARASVATĪ, LAKṢMĪ, GAṄGĀ, PĀRVATĪ, amongst many). Yet still the Goddess has often been brought into a relationship with the God, which means that most of her activities are expressed as extensions of his power, except, usually, when the power is negative.
The reassertion of the feminine imagination of the sacred is gaining ground, but usually against much male resistance in the historical religions (hence the importance of Wicca and witchcraft). The loss in the intervening centuries has been a kind of intellectual genocide—the eradication of the vision of half the human race.
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