Mother's Day - A surprising violent history - Talk to us and Win!
With Mother’s Day approaching in about a month, and the weather finally feeling like Spring, I thought it would be a good time to turn shift focus to all things Mom. This blog will be a first in a series of Mother’s Day. In this series you will find information about the history of Mother’s Day, ideas for Mom, and how to best spend time with the family etc.
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Celebrating Mothers rooted in Antiquity
Mother’s Day as celebrated in North America, is a day set aside to celebrate being a mother. Some have a cynical view of Mother’s Day (and other such holidays) as creations by Hallmark or related businesses such as flower companies to drive sales.
Actually, celebrating the maternal figure through a Goddess or symbolic figure is rooted in antiquity. While shifting the focus to humans is a modern phenomenon, females and female figures have been revered throughout history.
Blood and Murder Associated Ancient Mother Celebrations
For instance, one of the earliest records of celebrating mothers belongs to the Egyptian civilization. Egyptians held an annual festival for Goddess Isis, who is considered the mother of pharaohs. Isis’s husband-brother Osiris was slain by his jealous brother Seth. Isis reassembled her Osiris’s dismembered body and impregnated herself. As an adult, her son Horus defeated his uncle and became the first ruler of unified Egypt and Isis became the Mother of pharaohs.
The Romans also celebrated Isis and the annual Isis festival marked the commencement of Winter. The three day festival involved mainly female singers, musicians and dancers. But the truer Roman root is in the celebration of Cybele. Cybele, represented the fertile Earth, goddess of mountains, walls, nature, wild animals and caverns. Her festival occurred during the Vernal Equinox and is associated with a lion throne and a chariot drawn by lions. Like Isis, Cybele is associated with male death and resurrection. Her son and consort, Attis. In an ecstasy, he castrated himself and died, but a devastated Cybele resurrected him.
In Greece, Rhea, is considered the mother of Gods including the great deity Zeus and was also celebrated during the Vernal Equinox including games, procession and an extensive display of arts and crafts.
Revering the female isn’t only a Western tradition. Asia also recognized women. In India, the female God Durga has been celebrated with a ten day festival of Durga Puja. Families share food, clean and decorate their houses for social gatherings.
Coming Up - More about the Evolution of Mother’s Day in North Americal
In our next blog, we will talk about the evolution of the mother figure and the history of celebrating closer to home.
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