In a time when male leaders of religions and governments worldwide are posturing, tweeting, and threatening to war us into oblivion in the name of machismo and religion, it seems to us a sanguine time to take a step back and consider similarities between faiths, rather than their differences, refocusing on the stories and mythologies of the SACRED FEMININE: the spark of the divine in woman.
Join London Drawing Group as we step back into the British Museum for SACRED FEMININE 2, where we will explore the many stories of female divinity we couldn’t fit in the first time around! Through Africa, Meso America, and the Aztec civilizations, Asia, Polynesia and the Arctic, from shamans to Norse Goddesses, this class will explore notions of feminine divinity from all over the globe, with lectures from our resident Drawing Tour tutor and Anthropology enthusiast, Luisa-Maria MacCormack on topics ranging from female roles in the very birth of religious practices, to Women’s conspicuous absence in religious leadership roles in organized religion today. We will explore the female presence in the worldwide practice of Shamanism- birthplace of all religions, as well as investigating the academic debate that has raged for the last thirty years, around the tantalizing possibility of an ancient, pre-patriarchal all encompassing mother-cult.
Through discussion and drawing of the many incredible artefacts in the museum, students will explore the visual history of the roles women have played in religion across the centuries, and across the world, from feminine magic, all-woman priesthoods, female roles as shaman, even the gendered creation of Totem poles and the making of pots, expect a drawing class with a serious twist! Drawing and discussion are interspersed throughout the day, so those students who wish to just come along for the ride (without the drawing), are totally welcome too, as well as beginners and amateur artists, male and female!