At the time, Greek, Roman, and Celtic Goddesses were dominating their male counterparts and a large following of literature, art, and masonry were dedicated to them. In our current world scenario, mass level worship of these Goddesses has declined and been given mostly in favor of patriarchal societies and monotheistic genderless Gods and religions. Today, the roles of Greek and Roman Goddesses can be found sprinkled in whole chunks throughout media and pop-culture. The Greek goddesses such as Aphrodite and Hera are famously seen being used in movies and television references as a kind of female empowerment and assertion of their right to be counted among mortal if no longer Divine discourses.
Similarly, their Roman equivalents Venus and Juno can be encountered as often one switches on television. The Celtic Goddesses, who I would like to slightly narrow my focus on, have played a more sub-textual and implicit role in their impact on the lives of mortal, believing or unbelieving, men and women. The modern-day phenomena of magic, occult, natural and pagan oriented religions have arisen from the resurfacing of the Celtic mythologies in the mid-twentieth century.
The rise in this neo-paganism and its outgrowths has steadily infiltrated contemporary space for culture. Moon worship, Wicca (white magic), and ‘ deviant’ female sexuality have come to be considered the staple diets for modern-day Goddess culture. However, unlike the Greek and Roman deities, these figures have not been used in their entirety in modern-day cultural traditions as blatantly. Instead, they maintain a subtler grasp on mainstream ideologies. For instance, Catherine M. Roach, in her book, writes of the constant references to Goddesses in her studies of sex workers and strip cultures.
“ More specifically, certain sex-workers and strippers were claiming that they were living out a connection between sexuality and spirituality in an embodiment of a Goddess – figure… ” (Roach, p.137) Clearly, the idea of female sexuality which is explicit, exposed and celebrated in Goddess Cultures, and the Celtic female ideals of The Maiden and The Mother Goddess have caught on to at least some parts of society. These deities, because of their openness to sexual experience as a divine experience form a kind of justification and support system for sex workers in modern society.
Moreover, they come to regard themselves as followers of an ancient tradition and model themselves after these alternate ethics.
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