The oldest cult known to man is so ancient, that no written word or Bardic song is left to speak of its practice. All that remains of this primeval myth is a series of small figurines scattered across the European continent.
Yet as vague as these statutes are in revealing their primordial Secrets, some fragments of truth can still be gleaned from their primitive features.
The figurines depict a full and curvaceous woman, suggesting its use as a fertility symbol, (woman who were full and healthy were more likely to give birth and mother children). However, the voluptuous form may also have symbolised female perfection, something our ancestors saw fit to sculpt and immortaliste.
They appeared in mans timeline at around 35,000 BCE. These statuettes (known as Venus figurines) were likely to have had a ritualised use in tribal society, and may even have been worshipped as effigies of a mother goddess.
If this were the case, then the Gaia figure would have been the first deity ever to enter mans consciousness. What’s more impressive is that she would have been worshipped for over 30,000 years before the advent of any other Gods. It wasn’t until the late Neolithic that we saw the arrival of divine beings like Tiamat (Mesopotamia) and Ra (Ancient Egypt).
This would make her the most ancient of all the gods, a legend who has been venerated longer than any other deity including Yahweh (who has only been worshipped for a sixth of her entire reign).
This graphic and brief essay on the Venus figures from archeological sites throughout Europe were circulating FaceBook. They surfaced on my newsfeed just as I’m putting together a talk on the Sacred Feminine and writing the notes on the history… not a simple coincidence, I’m certain. Facebook is a treasure trove of info. Not always accurate but certainly entertaining. Grateful for this piece to share.