The Early Venus Figures in Europe – History of Gaia Religion


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.

About Mare Cromwell

Referred to as “The Voice of Earth Mother” by a gifted Shoshone elder, Mare Cromwell is a multi-award-winning author, Medicine woman/Lightworker and healer. She has also been told by another gifted elder that her work with Earth Mother is in the prophecies. Her books include: "The Great Mother Bible"; "Messages from Mother.... Earth Mother"; and "If I gave you God’s phone number.... Searching for Spirituality in America". She has studied with Native American teachers for twenty-one years and sat on the World Council for Wisdom Gatherings for three years. Mare leads workshops on our Sacred Planet-Earth Mother, Womb Wisdom and Sacred Silliness and more. She is the visionary and producer of the 1000 Goddesses Gathering in Washington DC. Mare loves to be involved in Ceremony. She is also a former worm herder. She calls Western Maryland home.
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7 Responses to The Early Venus Figures in Europe – History of Gaia Religion

  1. segmation says:

    Mare, Don’t also forget about Art in Ancient Egypt as well!

  2. Thanks, Beth,
    I don’t know a great deal about art from that time period… you’re encouraging me to research it. Thanks!

  3. segmation says:

    Too much art and education is the best! Keep up your blogging as well!

  4. Hi Beth, I will do what I can… ;~)

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