Goddesses :Diana Goddess Who Swore Never to Marry.
Paula here. I was once at a weekend gathering of twenty-seven women near Niagara Falls, Canada and I made a discovery. It appeared that only two of us had never married men. Years later, I’m married to a woman and many countries are legalizing same-sex marriage. Lesbians have more choices today in non-homophobic countries: legal marriages, civil partnerships and adoption or natural births.
The Warrior Women
I have been blogging for over two years, and it is my intention to present women in all aspects of life. I would suspect that many of the women warriors were bi-sexual or lesbian, although society would demand that, where possible, they married. When I recently blogged about “The Night Witches (Russian female bomber pilots), I am sure that many were lesbians.
There are examples of women warriors who did not marry (Joan of Arc being one of them.)
Let’s start with Diana (Djana). She is celebrated as the goddess of the hunt, the moon and childbirth. She lived in nature and apparently was able to talk and control the wildlife around her. Her Greek counterpart is named Artemis. Diana had a twin brother Apollo and they were born on the island of Delos. They were the offspring of Jupiter and Latona.
Diana spent her life in the company of women. Her servant and assistant midwife was named Egeria and there was Virbius (seemingly a gay god because he disdained the love of women). Diana hunted with her platonic friend Virbius. Was Egeria like xena’s side kick with the ambivalence that she could have also been her female lover?
Diana and the Light
What do we know about Diana? She was obviously physically strong as a huntress. She was not a ‘party animal’ preferring the quiet of high mountains and gushing streams. Her woods were sacred and the oak was particularly a spiritual symbol. Diana is seen as caring for women in labor. Diana was also a High Priest with a sacred grove beside Lake Nemi. It’s location is Aricia near Rome. The Greeks also worshipped Diana at the magnificent temple of Ephesus (modern-day Turkey) that took over 220 years to construct. It was regarded as one of the seven ancient wonders of the world.
Christianity Denies Strength of Diana
In the Middle Ages, the male dominated Christian Church stripped Diana of her spiritual strength and physical prowess. The most affective way to do this was to brand her as a witch and so associate her with the devil.
Today, women are claiming back their herstory of goddesses, female warriors and mothers who fought wars, famines, droughts and every day hardships. Women now are demanding education and equal rights for their daughters. Female children are growing up to dream of goals and careers, long banned to them. We have a way to go, but each journey starts with small steps.