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Lesley Rao March 3, 2008 Gender and Spirituality Extra Credit Paper The goddess has represented the identity of the divine feminine as early as the Paleolithic times. Whether being an alchemical, virgin, or vulnerable goddess, each goddess possesses her own unique traits that enable her to thrive in civilization. The significance of women in the early history of humanity was carried out by archetypes of individual goddesses and was evident in many uncovered artifacts. These evidence and inferences that anthropologists have made further supported the idea of the divine feminine in the early days of humanity and the strengths and weaknesses the goddess possesses. From priestesses to head of clans, evidence has shown that women held leading roles in prehistoric society. The identity of the divinity in prehistoric times was female, known as the goddess. Jean Bolen categorizes these goddesses as being alchemical, virgin, and vulnerable. Aphrodite, being the sole representation for an alchemical goddess has focused, yet receptive consciousness. She valued emotional experiences from others rather than independence from others or permanent bonds to
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