Heavy stuff going down in the Goddess world, my friends. An amazing new Goddess figurine has been discovered, at perhaps the most famous and most controversial Goddess site of them all: Turkey’s 7,500-year-old Catalhoyuk. The excavators admit this figure has stunned them, and that it might “… force us to change our views of the nature of Catalhoyuk society.”
A little background on this site might suggest some of the irony in that last statement: James Mellaart, the British archaeologist who discovered Catalhoyuk in the 1950s, felt fairly convinced that the Mother Goddess was a major force among the ancient Catalhoyukians. However, Mellaart’s excavations were closed down in the 1960s, due to politics, and for 30 years the site sat dormant. It wasn’t until the 1990s that archaeologist, Ian Hodder reopened the dig. Unfortunately, Hodder’s stood on his head to deny even the possibility of Goddess worship at Catalhoyuk. Want a good laugh? Read him sometime and get a gawk at the lengths he goes to in order to explain away the complex, finely made figurines with bulbous breasts. Or to explain why there are no male figurines at Catal Huyuk, let alone anything remotely resembling a god. Religion? What religion? Hodder appears never to have heard the word, making Catalhoyukians the only people in time or space who didn’t have any.
Here’s what Hodder has to say about this stunning new figurine:
“This clay figurine was found in 2005 in … the fill of a burnt house. Immediately on finding the figurine we were all taken aback by its very strange and unusual imagery. The front of the figurine looks very much like the so called 'Mother Goddess' figurines that are so well known (though rare) from Catalhoyuk. There are full breasts on which the hands rest, and the stomach is extended in the central part…. [T]he arms are very thin, and then on the back … one sees a depiction of either a skeleton or the bones of a very thin and depleted human. The ribs and vertebrae are clear…. The figurine can be interpreted in a number of ways - as a woman turning into an ancestor, as a woman associated with death, or as death and life conjoined. [NOTICE HOW THE WORD ‘GODDESS’ IS PAINFULLY AVOIDED?] Whatever the specific interpretation, this is a unique piece that may force us to change our views of the nature of Catalhoyuk society….”
Eat your hat, Hodder! I’d say, yes, you need to change your views! A “woman turning into an ancestor”??!! You know, human beings typically have words for people who turn themselves into other beings, and they all have to do with otherness, with the spiritual world. “Fairy” comes to mind. Or “god.” Or “witch.” Or “Goddess.” Spit the word out, boy, it won’t burn you: “Goddess.” “Goddess.” “Goddess.”
Go HERE to see pictures of this awesome new Goddess, which is shown from several angles.
thnx to IstanbulPortal for the foto of one of the most famous Goddess figurine found by Mellaart at Catalhoyuk.