Venus of Galgenberg – no facial features, appears to be dancing, vulva is indicated due to the crease between her legs which means it’s female. No idea if used in ritual.
Venus of Willendorf – large breasts, maybe pregnant, covered face, clear vulva
Venus of Laussel – fingers are clear, etchings into horn (indicates wicca), found in a cave entrance, clearly holding belly *cornicopias indicate fertility today
Venus of Gagarino (looks like Willendorf) - This figure was found in western Russia, dating to about 22,000 BCE
No male figures found yet from this time period
Focus not on features, but on representation
The images aren’t focusing on individual features or even the erotic, but the power to create life.
Real issue may be the power of women to create life
*LATER – women seen as the field that males plow to create life. Ex) men seed the soil and women are nothing but receptacles to hold sperm (which are like tiny people) and are dominated.
Female figures of Catal Huyuk Found in shrine Act of birthing
Lady of Pazardik Head is weird shape She’s covered in designs Clear vulva Tell us that humans are becoming more ritualized
Female figure from UR
Triangles by vagina
Reptile features (may be because of egg relation)
Symbolize snake as feminine before although today we may see them as male due to penises
Ex) medusa is bad, but serpent healing is good
Serpent seen as positive, female nurturing, wisdom, then the association becomes negative, cunning
Eye Goddesses Enormous eyes (eyes in back of head see all) Not sure if positive or negative
Female figure of mergarh Can see nipples (clear features) Prominent breasts and hips
Found in India, this female figure has hair in large buns, large hips and breasts
Notice the very clear features
Mohenjo-Daro Dancing Girls
Dancing girls in traditional dancing postures
Found in Mohenjodaro, close to a fireplace in