“Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.”—
Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (via thewaking)
Literally the most important thing you will read today.
can we talk about how basically everyone in a top leadership position in Okami is female
Sakuya is the protector of Kamiki; Fuse rules Kusa Village alone since Yatsu’s death but was always top dog when it came to the Canine Warriors; Himiko is unquestionably the reigning power in Sei-an and highest-ranking person in all of Nippon, while the Emperor who succeeds her doesn’t seem to know much about handling power; everyone in Sei-an and Ryoshima also respected Rao, for her actual teachings and advice as well as her body; the Dragonians used to be led by a king but you (under Otohime’s orders) kill him to save Ryoshima from his rampage and Otohime succeeds him no problem; Kemu and Samickle are the leaders of Wep’keer but Kai and Tuskle are the ones who actually lead you and help you do things, and Lika is like six but massively powerful and successor to Kemu as controller of volcanoes.