When the primitive war god Yaj (Yahweh-Allah-Jehovah) took over Europe, the Great Mother – like any sane Goddess -- went underground to wait for better times. She hasn’t abandoned us – She’s just taking a major siesta until we come to our senses again.
You think I joke? Here’s Barbara Walker on the subject:
“The fairy tale of the cinder-maid originated as an anti-ecclesiastical allegory repeated by real “fairies” – that is, pagans. Ella was Hel, or Helle, daughter of Mother Earth, the Goddess with her regenerative fires reduced to cinders. Her ugly stepmother was the new church. Her ugly stepsisters were the church’s darlings, the military aristocracy and the clergy.
“An early German version of the story said Cinderella’s real mother, the Earth, though dead, sent from her grave a fairy tree in answer to her daughter’s prayer. This tree produced golden apples, fine clothes, and other gifts. Thus the ‘fairy godmother’ of later versions seems to have been a ghost of the mother, the dispossessed Great Goddess in retirement underground.
“Beautiful with her new riches, Cinderella won the ‘prince’ (humankind), ever easily impressed by the display of finery….
“Like other secret medieval prophecies of the overthrow of the rich, powerful theocracy, the downfall of Cinderella’s ugly stepmother and stepsisters may have been intended as a prophecy” (Walker, Barbara, 1996, Women’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, p. 168).