Journal Article

Countercultural Spiritualists' Perceptions of the Goddess

Jon P. Bloch

in Sociology of Religion

Published on behalf of Association for the Sociology of Religion

Volume 58, issue 2, pages 181-190
Published in print January 1997 | ISSN: 1069-4404
Published online January 1997 | e-ISSN: 1759-8818 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/3711876
Countercultural Spiritualists' Perceptions of the Goddess

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This article explores how the Goddess movement might influence the spiritual worldviews of women and men who do not consider themselves to be exclusively worshippers of the Goddess. Excerpts from in-depth interviews with alternative spiritualists suggest that the Goddess movement can spiritually empower women and help them to articulate gender-based inequalities, even when women do not label themselves as Goddess worshippers in the strict sense. However, these women also believe that the Goddess is one necessary half of a spiritual whole, and so also include non-Goddess images of the divine in their spiritual systems, including images of the male. Men might also seek a “balance” between male and female symbols of the divine, but they might view the Goddess as more nurturing or expressive than self-empowering.

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