Goddess is at the foundation of every religious and spiritual tradition from earliest times. The origin of everything is the Divine Mother. This is certainly a bold statement to make, and yet it does warrant consideration. What if the roots of yogic philosophy go even further back and extend outside of South Asia? Who are the Goddesses of the Kaula and Shakta traditions who share symbols, iconography, and qualities with much earlier and cross-cultural forms? What can we learn from early Goddess civilizations in Africa, Old Europe, Anatolia, the Near East, Ancient Greece and the Indus Sarasvati Valley?
In this course, we will look at the evolution of Goddess beginning with our human origins in Africa. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will examine archaeology, art, mythology, history, and ritual in our consideration of Goddess connections between Paleolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age cultures into the early Kaula and Śakta period of South Asia. We will also look to textual sources (Rg Veda and Devi Mahatmyam) and the prevalence, significance, and function of Devi (Goddess) within these texts. Over 30,000 years of non-textual evidence will offer an alternate and essential understanding of prehistory, history, and goddess-centered cultures across continents and millennia.
History may have been written “by and for the victors”, however this much-needed course opens the conversation to include more than half of the human race and more than 80% of our human history that, for the most part, have been omitted from the discussion.
Laura Amazzone, M.A. is a teacher, writer, intuitive healer, yogini and initiated priestess in the Shakta Tantra and Kaula Sri Vidya traditions of India and Nepal. She is the author of the award-winning book, ÒGoddess Durga and Sacred Female Power.Ó She has published numerous articles within the fields of Hinduism, Tantra and WomenÕs Spirituality in many different encyclopedias, anthologies, journals and also online publications. Laura teaches in the Yoga Philosophy Program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She offers a diverse array of authentic and undiluted lineage-based rituals and spiritual practices as well as pilgrimages to Nepal that promote spiritual empowerment and divine embodiment. Lauraamazzone.com