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Explore the world of the Dark Feminine in myth, religion, folklore, and magic.

Chthonia Brigid Burke

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8 • 36 Ratings

Explore the world of the Dark Feminine in myth, religion, folklore, and magic.

    Dzunukwa

    Dzunukwa

    Dzunukwa is cannibalistic bigfoot-like ogress in Kwakwaka'wakw folklore, who is feared as a stealer of children, but who is also said to bring wealth. This week's podcast looks at some of the dark feminine associations of this ancestral spirit of the Pacific Northwest tribes.

    • 33 min
    Sedna

    Sedna

    Sedna is the Inuit goddess of the sea and the ruler of the underworld, Adlivun. Her stories vary, but all carry the theme of the goddess angering her creator father, who throws her over the edge of the boat, chopping off her fingers, which then become seals, whales, and walruses. She is considered vengeful, and fishermen must appease her if they want sea animals released for the hunt. We examine the different stories connected to Sedna, and the attributes of the Inuit mythological worldview connecting it to the dark Feminine.

    • 49 min
    Chthonia Conversations: Jake Stratton Kent on Archaic Hecate

    Chthonia Conversations: Jake Stratton Kent on Archaic Hecate

    This month's entry in the Conversations series is with Jake Stratton Kent, who is well known for his writings on ancient goetia, particularly their relationship to the grimoire traditions. Jake's work is an invaluable exploration into pre-Platonic beliefs and magical practices. In this episode Jake and I talk about the different "versions" of Hecate in ancient times, questioning the idea that she wasn't always a chthonic deity. This includes a discussion of goetia, Hecate's association with Apollo, the Athenian Hecate, and the challenge of the more current interpretations of the goddess.

    • 52 min
    Mania

    Mania

    This week we talk about the Greek and Roman daimon called Mania, or sometimes Maniae when treated as a group of spirits. Between the Etruscans, the Greeks, and the Romans, Mania has a variety of associations with madness, rage, and frenzy; she is also associated with the dead and with the Furies. The connection between gods, daimons, and human psychology is especially interesting here.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Nephthys

    Nephthys

    Happy Spring Equinox! Our subject for this week is Nephthys, the Egyptian goddess who is the sister of Isis and the wife of Seth. The psychopomp Anubis is said to be her son from Osiris, and she is connected with lamentation, healing, and guiding the dead.

    • 49 min
    Chthonia Conversations: Daniel Hanley on the Gnostic Feminine

    Chthonia Conversations: Daniel Hanley on the Gnostic Feminine

    In this month's episode of Chthonia Conversations, I chat with Dan Hanley about the Gnostic Feminine, and 4 main figures--Barbelo, the "4 Sophias", Mary Magdalene, and Noraia. We also discuss misunderstandings about Gnostic currents in early Christianity, and the ways in which it is both anti-chthonic and chthonic.

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Momma Dos ,

Baba Yaga

I found this podcast during a search about Baba Yaga. I’m a so very grateful for Bridig sharing her knowledge of folklore, mythology and the “dark feminine”. I have become obsessed. After listening to the Baba Yaga episode I have started from the very beginning to binge listen to all the episodes. And all I can say is thank you, thank you, over and over again.

MadeleineCat ,

Food for my brain

I stumbled over Chthonia looking for material on the Morrigan and was absolutely delighted on the depth and breadth of the women / goddess / heroines covered. (Ragnell!! Black Annis! Nyx!!) This is one of the best, most well-researched podcasts on the subject of women and myths, and the fact that it focuses entirely on the Dark Feminine is SO AMAZINGLY WONDERFUl. My only regret is that I didn’t find it sooner.

Ash Marciano ,

D I V I N E

Amazing information. I’m a Kali devotee and was so happy to see a whole episode dedicated to her and the mahavidyas! If you want you know more about the dark divine feminine look no further!

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