Reclaiming suppressed HERstories:
Exploring Irish Indigenous Wisdom in a Global Context.
Join us for a study day excavating and examining indigenous spiritual symbols, ceremonies and stories of old Ireland drawing on the encyclopaedic knowledge of Max Dashu and the large image collection of the Suppressed Histories Archives, in dialogue with writer, Mary Condren, author of The Serpent and The Goddess.
DATE: Sunday 18th November 2018
TIME: 10am – 6pm
Early Bird €45 (until 12th Nov). Full fee: €55
Concessions: Early Bird €20 (until 12th Nov). Full fee: €25
VENUE: Sophia Wisdom Conference Centre, 25 Cork Street, Dublin 8.
https://www.sophia.ie/wisdom-centres/conference-venue. On street parking available free on Sundays.
Tea/coffee available at the Centre. Bring a packed lunch, or use any of the local eateries.
This event aims to do the following
- To excavate and examine indigenous spiritual symbols, ceremonies and stories of Old Ireland
- To recuperate the worldwide cultural memories of the great creatrix, The Cosmic Weaver, and to challenge the dominant narratives that now prevail — World Warriors
- To contribute to symbolic paradigms focussed on inclusiveness and mercy, (symbolised by the cloak of the Cailleach and Brigit) that transcend the divisions and practices of sacrifice (symbolised by blood stained altars).
Some topics for the day
Weavers: Weaving was the first form of writing throughout the world, and in Ireland, embroiderers had a higher honour price than queens. Weaving is also a concept of creation/ creatrix/ and relates to the web of life; spinning, fate and time; metaphors of textile, text, sutra/thread, tissue/flesh.
Cloak: The creation cloak of the Cailleach and Brigit and its relationship to the Virgin of Mercy with the protective mantle, from France to the Russian Pokrov (“she who covers”), and the Vierges Ouvrantes.
Healing and Birthing belts: The Irish crios in birthing and healing rites; its role in oath–swearing; the Moylough Shrine, and rites of “measuring”
Cairns: Cailleach of the Cairns; womb symbolism of the megalithic sanctuaries; images from Loughcrew, Irish vulva petroglyphs; possible meanings of basins within megalithic chambers at the Bru and other sites, and the significance of spiral iconography.
Further information on Resource Persons
Max Dashu: https://www.suppressedhistories.net/
Mary Condren: https://www.tcd.ie/cgws/people/Mary-Condren.php