Sacred Feminine: Discovering the Goddess

For every human society around the world, throughout prehistory, ritual and religion formed an intrinsic, inseperable element of daily life. Far from being a separate domain of activity, it was woven intimately into economics, politics and social relationships. To understand ourselves, we need to understand the supernatural. Ready to explore?


Venus of Brassempouy
At 25,000 years old, the ‘Venus of Brassempouy’, carved from mammoth ivory and discovered in France in 1894, is one of the earliest known sculptures of a female face. (Photo: public domain)

We’ve got an exciting new course coming up in March here at Atikkam, called Supernatural: The Anthropology of Ritual, Magic and the Occult.

The programme is based on the course that I teach at Oxford University, but with a special emphasis on exploring the worlds of shamanism, pagan practices and witchcraft – both African and European.

The course is open to anyone, anywhere, and is delivered completely online.

To whet your appetite, here’s a recording of one of our classes, in which we start to explore the world of goddess worship and the sacred feminine – a feature of religious worship that seems to have been deeply ingrained within the prehistoric psyche, and which is currently experiencing a resurgence among modern pagan groups.

But who is the goddess, and what does she mean for women and for society? Join us on our journey into the supernatural world as we try to find out …