Paleolithic Goddesses
by Stephen Gerringer
published on October 8, 2009

In this month's MythNow Blog you can listen to author Karen Tate interview JCF Associate Stephen Gerringer for her program, Earth's Sacred Places, aired over local affiliates and online at CBS Radio's Psychic Radio. They discuss Joseph Campbell, the JCF, and what we can learn from the hundreds of paleolithic Goddess  figurines discovered in Europe dating back 35,000 years. 

Are these ancient female figurines nothing more than paleolothic porn? Do they indicate the existence of a prehistoric matriarchal utopia lasting tens of thousands of years? Or might they echo enduring mythological themes still relevant today?

For over two decades, Karen's work has been fueled by her intense interest and passion for travel, comparative religions, ancient cultures, and Goddess Spirituality. She is the author of Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 Destinations, and Walking An Ancient Path: Rebirthing Goddess on Planet Earth. Visit the archives at Earth's Sacred Places for other myth-oriented interviews.

Stephen Gerringer first discovered the world of Joseph Campbell when he noticed the cute, tie-dye clad blonde sitting in line next to him absorbed in The Hero With A Thousand Faces while waiting for the gates to open at a Grateful Dead concert. Joseph Campbell's work proved transformational in Stephen's life, providing the succor and guidance needed to help him through a life-threatening illness. Fascinated by the practical role myth plays in individual lives, Stephen continued to study Campbell's work, which led to a role as one of the co-moderators of the Joseph Campbell Mythology Group on Yahoo. This brought Stephen to the attention of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, which brought him on board as primary author of JCF's Practical Campbell essay series.

Today, Stephen is part of the leadership team that helps steer the Joseph Campbell Foundation, and may be reached at stephen.gerringer@jcf.org.

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Venus of Laussel, c.23,000 B.C., in the Musée d'Aquitaine, in Bordeaux, France


Stephen Gerringer

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