Snake Women: a global perspective
This is a visual presentation on goddesses, ancestors, shapeshifters, priestesses and shamans around the world, with the focus on snake iconography. Among the sources we’ll examine are rock art from Australia, Brazil, Utah, and South Africa; seals from eastern Iran, Canaanite gold, Egyptian stelae, Aztec statues, and masks from Nigeria to Ivory coast. We’ll look at the continent-spanning theme of the woman who grasps serpents in both hands, and also she who is belted with snakes, and discuss the python oracles of Greece, Malawi, and Surinam. We’ll also view snake goddesses from Egypt, Mexico, Germany, China, India, Benin Republic; and snaky women from Mali’s Inland Delta of the Niger, Argentinian bronzes, Frankish ivories and Romanesque churches. It’s a free-for-all of fairies and saints, Chinese shamans, Mami Wata and Santa Marta la Dominicana.
Max Dashu founded the Suppressed Histories Archives in 1970 to research global women’s history and heritages. From her vast collection of images, Dashu has created over 100 visual talks. Her books are Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion (2016) and Deasophy: A Coloring Book of Goddesses, Spirits and Ancestors (2017). She has produced two videos: Woman Shaman: The Ancients (2013) and Women’s Power in Global Perspective (2008). www.suppressedhistories.net