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Lilith, Adam & Eve~

A talk on the CREATION MYTHS of the 

GARDEN of EDEN ~


With ritual to reclaim the myth of the origin of woman.  (This event is for WOMEN ONLY)


Sun April 8, 2018

2-4pm at the Goddess Studio


Presented by
Priestess Kaliani Devinne

 

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Image above:

Artist: Cornelis van Haarlem

"The Fall of Man", 1592


Image below: Burney Relief, Babylon (1800–1750 BCE). Housed at the British Museum. Some scholars (e.g. Emil Kraeling) identified the figure in the relief with Lilith, based on a misreading of an outdated translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh. Modern research has identified the figure as one of the main goddesses of the Mesopotamian pantheons, most probably Ishtar or Ereshkigal.

 

 ABOUT THE EVENT: Our myths form the foundation of our cultural heritage, setting the stage for our worldview: the way we understand ourselves and our relation to each other and the earth. Arising from the creation myth in the scriptures of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are stories of the formation of the earth and its creatures, and how the Creator envisioned the allocation of power and responsibility.

What most people don't know, because it isn't emphasized or taught, is that there are two conflicting creation myths in the Bible, one of which set the precedent for the misogynistic treatment of women for the last two thousand years.


The first creation myth In Genesis 1 suggests that men and women were created at the same time and more equally: “Male and female created he them.” “In our image, after our likeness”. "And then saw it was very good and he rested."


HOWEVER... In Genesis 2 and 3, a different story is told of the creation of woman separately from the man and subordinately to him: In Genesis 2 and 3, we read the story of the formation of Eve, as an afterthought, from the 'rib' bone of Adam. In this story, Adam assists God and names Eve, and is said to have dominion over her.


These are two very different tales with very different implications for how women are seen and see themselves.


So, who was the first woman created, as alluded to in Genesis 1, and where did she go? In the Jewish midrash, her name is called Lilith, and she became one of man's first demons. For centuries, the tribes of  Israel fashioned amulets, charms and spells to keep the evil demon Lilith away from children and out of households. Who was Lilith? In Mesopotamia, she appears well before tales of Eve and the "fall". In many cathedrals and art galleries in Europe, Lilith appears in iconography as the female headed, or female body with a tail, as the Serpent who convinces Eve it's okay to eat the forbidden fruit. Was she Adam's ex-wife? Was she the Serpent? What did she know and pass along to Eve? What does it mean to us, as women, to reclaim Lilith as the first female created?

 

We will explore the myths of Lilith and Eve, and do a short ritual to reclaim our power from the first creation story.


Join us for this edifying and inspirational afternoon!



Lilith, 1887 (oil on canvas), Collier, John (1850-1934) / Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport, Lancashire, UK / The Bridgeman Art Library

About Kaliani

Kaliani first learned of the Lilith stories in the early 70's, when women were beginning to form conscious-raising groups and the feminist/women's liberation movement. It was part of her awakening to the importance of symbols/myths and the cultural/power agenda they create by extension.


Kaliani is a spiritual teacher and blogger, and one of the founders of the Temple Priestess San Diego group. Over the past ten years, her love of sacred sites around the globe has taken her to Glastonbury, Wales, France, Malta, Hawaii, Sedona, Taos, Chaco  Canyon, and a Native American Sundance in Montana. Kaliani's expertise is in Goddess lore and symbology, having dedicated her life to uncovering the lost history and power of the Feminine Divine. 

Kaliani leads a Mary Magdalene Moon Circle at her home in Rancho Bernardo. She is a member of the Goddess Temple of Orange County and a frequent visitor to the Goddess Studio of Escondido. For many years she hosted a Moon Lodge in San Diego in a Native American tradition. She teaches classes on the archetype of the Goddess throughout history and different cultures, and is currently developing an online class on the elements of ritual. 

Cynthia took the name Kaliani Devinne in a Croning ceremony, as her spiritual name for Goddess and priestess work in 2006. She works a day-job as a Transfer Agent for a local Intellectual Property law firm in Del Mar, but her dream is to retire to lead spiritual tours for small groups, to be called Sacred Spiral Journeys. She holds a Master's Degree in symbolic communication from Penn State and an undergraduate degree in Business from Boston University. 

Contact info: 
Cynthia Hupper (dba Kaliani Devinne)