Jacquetta Hawkes – A Land – Of Menhirs, the Great Mother and women turned to stone
Type of Spiritual Experience
Venus of Hohle Fels 37,000 BC
The cross reference to the Egg is because the breasts are made egg shaped deliberately
The Venus of Dolní Věstonice Czech Věstonická Venuše ceramic 29,000–25,000 BCE Moravian basin south of Brno
A description of the experience
Jacquetta Hawkes – A Land – Of menhirs and women turned to stone
Up and down the country, whether they have been set up by men, isolated by weathering, or by melting ice, conspicuous stones are commonly identified with human beings.
Most of our Bronze Age circles and menhirs have been thought by the country people living round them to be men or women turned to stone. The names often help to express this identification and its implied sense of kinship; Long Meg and her Daughters, the Nine Maidens, the Bridestone and the Merry Maidens. It is right that they should most often be seen as women, for somewhere in the mind of everyone is an awareness of woman as earth, as rock, as matrix.
In all these legends human beings have seen themselves melting back into rock, in their imaginations must have pictured the body, limbs and hair melting into smoke and solidifying into these blocks of sandstone, limestone and granite.
Venus de Von Gagarino, Tambour, Ucarania, ca.22,000 BCE
The source of the experienceThe Ancestors
Concepts, symbols and science items
Masculine and feminine
Mother and Father
Mother and Father in different cultures
Activities and commonsteps