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  • Fertility CultsAn Ancient Practice & Pedigree

    Wide Anthropological Appeal

    The Basis of Human Life

    Reproduction

    Varieties of Fertility

    Human, Agricultural, Livestock

    Rituals & Times

    Examples of Pagan & Medieval Cults

    Cult of Diana/Venus/Perchta/etc.

    The Furious Horde

    Association of Fertility with Witchcraft

    Female Reproduction Natural (+)

    Carnal Lusts of Women (-)

    Demonization of the Fertility Cult Venus of Willendorf, Fertility

    Symbol, ca 23,000 BCE

  • An Ancient Practice & Pedigree Wide Anthropological Appeal

    Fertility Gods Everywhere in Myth

    Armenian: Anahit

    Baltic: Laima

    Celtic: Epona

    Catholic: St. Anne (Xs Gma)

    Greco-Roman: Demeter/Ceres

    Norse: Freyja

    Slavic: Svetovid

    Fertility Often Associated w/ War

    The Basis of Human Life

    Reproduction of the Species

    Dependent upon Food Sources

    Looking to Gods for Assistance

    Divine Favor for Obedience

    Cerne Abbas Giant, Dorset, England

  • Varieties of Fertility Human

    Ability to Produce Offspring

    From Insemination to Growth

    General Health of the Population

    Agricultural

    Sowing & Reaping the Harvest

    Dependent on Land (Mother Earth)

    Livestock

    Propagation of the Herd

    Food Source Protein, Calories

    Source of Income Trade, Wealth

    Rituals & Times

    Sacrifice; Festivals w/ Dance & Music

    Turning Points of the Calendar & Stars

    The Ember Days

    Roman Festivals/Oblations

    July: Good Harvest

    September: Good Vintage

    December: Good Seeding

    Christian Adaptation/Fasting

    Wed/Fri/Sat. After:

    March: 1st Sunday in Lent

    June(ish): Pentecost

    Sept: Holy Cross Day

    December: St. Lucys Day

    Fertility Festivals Transformed

    Redirecting Devotion to God(s)

  • Examples of Pagan & Medieval Cults Cult of Diana/Abundia/Perchta/etc.

    Diana Goddess of the Hunt & Moon

    Virgin, but Associated w/ Birthing

    Abundia/Perchta & Followers at Night

    Associated with Abundant Life

    Nocturnal, Female, Life/Fertility

    Greek, Roman, Germanic, Nordic, etc.

    The Furious Horde

    Wild Hunt of Women on Animals

    Good Acts & Providing for Community

    Various Others

    Croatian Shaman vs. Vampires

    Serbian Weathermen Protecting Crops

    Hungarian Tltos Curing Illnesses

    Livonian Werewolves Protecting Seed Grain

    Diana, Greek Goddess, One of Many, Louvre

  • Association of Fertility with Witchcraft Female Reproduction Natural (+)

    Mothers of Society; Nursing Health

    Many Children a Strong Signal

    Symbolism of Womb & Milk

    Fathers of Power; Virility

    Strong Phallic Symbolism

    Be Fruitful & Multiply (Gen. 1:28)

    Carnal Lusts of Women (-)

    Women the Weaker Sex

    Prone to Sensual Temptation

    Looking for New Power Position

    Seduction & Love Potions

    Demonization of the Fertility Cult

    Fornication for Pleasure w/ the Devil

    Immoral Orgies Multiplying the Conspiracy Washington Monument, Obelisk