1Jeremiah Myer = "
Various religions in the past held that "God" was
a female deity, as only females are the creators of life. There is
anthropological and archaeological evidence which suggest that the earliest
religions were those with a female deity. It wasn't until Indo-European
religions (which eventually developed the Judeo-Christian cultures) came
through with their male-dominator culture, that the Goddess was first suppressed.
This is also demonstrated when we look at the Judeo-Christian (Abrahamic)
religions, and we see the subjugation of women. On top of this, we see women
blamed for the fall of man (as in the Old Testament of the Bible), and this is
believed to be an artifact of the patriarchal religions' suppression of the Goddess.
The fig tree was a symbol for the Goddess in many areas around the Fertile
Crescent, as well as the serpent. If we look at the book of Genesis (in the
Bible), we can "coincidentally" see these symbols (namely the
serpent) as something representing "evil" or "deceit". On
top of this, it was "Eve" that ate the fruit first, so not only is
the serpent symbol demonized, but also women in general.
2Shawn Bose = "Mother goddesses are indeed are some of the earliest and most revered form of deity that we have on archaeological record. The most famous of which may be the 'Venus of Willendorf' which dates to about 25,000 BCE."