I challenge you: name one Western or Middle Eastern Goddess not splattered in some way under the thumb of violent male gods. Hera, Ishtar, Hecate, Minerva, Diana, Demeter, Freya, Brighid, Cerridwen, the Morrigan, Kali, Aphrodite -- all of them existed in pantheons with brutal male gods hanging over their heads, raping them, tearing them to shreds, killing their beloveds, or otherwise beating them up in some way, shape or form.
To find Goddesses free of this tripe, how far back do we need to go? The answer: To 1450 BCE and the ancient Minoans:
"… The most apparent characteristic of Minoan religion was that it was polytheistic and matriarchal, that is, a goddess religion; the gods were all female, not a single male god has been identified until later periods.
"Many religious and cultural scholars now believe that almost all religions began as matriarchal religions, even the Hebrew religion (where Yahweh is frequently referred to as physically female), but adopted patriarchal models in later incarnations.
"… The Cretans … do not seem to have evolved either gender inequality nor adapted their religion to a male-centered universe. The legacy of the goddess religion seems to still be alive today. Both Greece and Crete are Greek Orthodox Christian. In Greece, however, only women regularly swear by the name of the Virgin Mary, while in Crete both men and women swear by her name, particularly the epithet, "Panagia," or "All-Holy."
"The head of the Minoan pantheon seems to have been an all-powerful goddess which ruled everything in the universe. This deity was a mother deity, that is, her relationship to the world was as mother to offspring, which is a fundamentally different relation than the relationship of the father to his offspring.
"This is an impossibly difficult difference to really understand, but Sigmund Freud in Moses and Monotheism hints at its fundamental aspect. The relationship between a mother and offspring is a real, biological relationship that can be concretely demonstrated (the child comes from the mother).
"The relationship to the father is also a biological relationship, but it can only be inferred (because the child doesn't come directly from the father's body). It is inferred symbolically, that is, the child looks like the father. One aspect of goddess religion, then, is a fundamentally closer relationship, kinship and otherwise, to the deity, whereas god religions tend to stress distance. These, however, are only guesses because so little comes down to us about goddess religions of antiquity.
"… There are numerous representations of goddesses, which leads to the conclusion that the Cretans were polytheistic, while others argue that these represent manifestations of the one goddess. There are several goddesses we can distinguish, though. The first one we call "The Lady of the Beasts," or the "Huntress"; this goddess is represented as mastering or overcoming animals.
"In a later incarnation, she becomes "The Mountain Mother," who is standing on a mountain and apparently protects the animals and the natural world. … Most scholars believe that the principle female goddesses of Greek religions, such as Hera, Artemis, and so on, ultimately derive from the Minoan goddesses. …"
From a learning module at Washington State University
The above is one of the best images we have of the/an ancient Minoan Goddess. This is a 15th-century BC wall painting from the island of Santorini. Interestingly, even books on the Minoan culture on Santorini often do not show this fabulous piece of art. Why do you think that might be the case, hmmmmm?