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Goddess Remembered
Goddess Remembered (1989)
  • Director:
    Donna Read
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  • Writer:
    Gloria Demers,Donna Read
  • Cast:
    Martha Henry,Starhawk
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This documentary is a salute to 35,000 years of the goddess-worshipping religions of the ancient past. The film features Merlin Stone, Carol Christ, Luisah Teish and Jean Bolen, all of whom link the loss of goddess-centric societies with today's environmental crisis. This is the first part of a 3-part series that includes The Burning Times and Full Circle.
Credited cast:
Martha Henry Martha Henry - Narrator (voice)
Starhawk Starhawk - Herself

Goddess Remembered (1989)
This film is filled with blatant nonsense and pseudo-scientific drivel. Various claims are made in the film which have no scientific or archaeological basis, and are merely assumptions or the result of faulty logic (and wishful thinking).

Claims like (allegedly) Goddess-worshiping Old Europe was an egalitarian, woman-centered society. It was cooperative, non-hierarchical, and non-violent.

This is not true, many fortified prehistoric settlements have been found in Europe indicating the presence of warfare.

David Anthony, an assistant professor of anthropology at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., said that there is also evidence of weapons,including some used as symbols of status, and of human sacrifice, hierarchy, and social inequality. There is also no evidence that women played the central role, in either the social structure or the religion of Old Europe.

Lengyel and Tiszapolgar cemeteries indicate that fighting, hunting, and trading were male activities, because men were buried with flint tools, weapons, animal bones, and copper tools. Pottery was probably made by females and used mainly by them in domestic activities. This is reflected by finds of pottery with female remains. Also no domesticated or wild animals are associated with female burials.

Claims that satellite photographs have shown that the Neolithic monoliths of the Goddess "all stand on energy lines, which criss-cross the earth" is pure pseudo-science. There are no such things as "energy lines" that cross the earth. Also scholars are now disputing the identification of neolithic megaliths with any so-called "Goddess" worship.

The film contains many more such unsubstantiated claims.

Overall this is a nice flick to watch on an all girls night sleepover party whilst honoring your inner goddess with vast amounts of chocolate. The reality is that this mockumentary has no place in women studies, anthropology or archeology, and I am appalled to still see it being taken so seriously.
"Goddess Remembered" is the first film in a three-part series which illustrates how the feminine divine was worshiped historically and how She is now returning to individual and collective consciousness. The viewer is taken on a tour of the time line of the Goddess' presence throughout human existence, from prehistoric Europe to the modern age all over the world. This is an extremely moving film which reveals that, although Western civilization's gradual increase in more warfare and switch to patriarchal social systems forced Her to veil Herself for centuries, the Goddess is indeed returning into many people's spiritual paths and practices.

While some are quick to point to historical inaccuracies, let it be remembered that this documentary is now decades old. Perhaps new knowledge has come to light that was not known at the time of the film's making. And perhaps those who are so quick to criticize have issues with things other than the film itself, for such criticisms are often woven in with statements which suggest attitudes of prejudice or outright hostility towards the movements of women's rights and women's spirituality.

This is a film for everyone with an open heart. No matter your gender, gender identity, social and political views, spiritual background, etc, if you have a heart open toward Mother Earth, the Divine Feminine, the Goddess, whatever you choose to call Her, this movie will move you and guide you on your spiritual path. It did for me. This film helped confirm what I'd always known in my heart--I am a Pagan, a servant of the Goddess and God. Blessed be!