The unchanging, infinite, immanent and transcendent reality that is the Divine Ground of all being is seen as a masculine potential that is actualized by feminine dynamism in the Tantra Hindu philosophies. The primordial feminine creative-preservative-destructive energy, Shakti is seen as the motive force behind all action and existence in the phenomenal (physical) cosmos.

20th century archeologist Marija Gimbutas, in her 1991 book, The Civilization of the Goddess articulated the differences between the Old European system, in which she considered the goddess- and woman-centered culture and the Bronze Age Indo-European patriarchal one that replaced it. She claimed matriarchal societies were peaceful, honored women, and espoused economic equality, whereas the patriarchal, or male-dominated peoples who invaded Europe imposed upon its natives the hierarchical rule of male warriors.

Although ideas about matriarchal egalitarianism are lately being rejected in academe, that people in extreme antiquity worshiped a Mother Goddess has strong archeological evidence.

This animation is a paean to the Divine Feminine by Nina Paley and is set to the song, “You Gotta Believe” performed by the Pointer Sisters.

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