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

Chthonia Brigid Burke

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 50 Ratings

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

    Durga: Creator and Destroyer of Difficulties

    Durga: Creator and Destroyer of Difficulties

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    This week, we take a look at Goddess Durga. It is strange that I have covered almost every other major Shakti figure on this podcast, but have not done an episode on the star of the Devi Mahatmayam, Durga herself. Beholden to no one, Durga is a warrior called in when she is invited to battle the draining forces of greed and power. We look at the paradox of a goddess who represents both the causes of our violent and angry impulses and also the remedy to those same impulses. 

    • 47 min
    The Banshee: The Magic of Ancient Lamentations

    The Banshee: The Magic of Ancient Lamentations

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    This week's podcast looks at the Banshee, a Celtic/Gaelic female phantom fairy figure that is heard and sometimes seen weeping and wailing to portend the death of a member of an ancient Irish family. Is the Banshee an omen, a guardian spirit, or both? We look at the elements of Banshee lore and the art of keening and lamenting at funerals, comparing Irish funerary practice to that of ancient Greece. 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Sheela Na Gig: Symbol of Fertility or a Warning?

    Sheela Na Gig: Symbol of Fertility or a Warning?

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    This week we look at the architectural grotesque figure known as the Sheela Na Gig. No one really knows why they were placed on churches, castles, and other secular buildings, but academics have many theories. They seem to originate on the European continent, with later appearances in Ireland and the UK. The lewd image recalls Greek portrayals of Baubo, and the key to understanding these figures might lie in the power of anasyrma (skirt-lifting) to avert evil. But no one really knows!

    • 1 hr
    The Harpies: Chthonic Heralds of Famine

    The Harpies: Chthonic Heralds of Famine

    In this week's episode we discuss the Harpies, creatures with the head of a woman and the body of a monstrous bird that represent storm winds. This episode was created in the wake of a huge storm that knocked my power out for 2 days, so there's discussion of the impact of storms, unpredictability, and sudden change. The name refers to "snatching", and in the myths this refers to the snatching of food, of children--and of souls. 

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    • 58 min
    La Llorona: Wailing Women and Betrayal of the Feminine

    La Llorona: Wailing Women and Betrayal of the Feminine

    This week we look at the Mexican folkloric figure of La Llorona, the wailing woman eternally searching for her dead children. She is generally seen as a dangerous figure who is alternately a child stealer, someone seducing men to their deaths, or an omen of death. While the image of La Llorona may have its roots in Aztec myth, her story is very much a variant of the European "White Lady" narrative. We explore similarities to myths about the Sirens, the Banshee, the Lamia, and even Macha of Ulster. We also look at keening or wailing as a funerary art. Ultimately the various stories of La Llorona represent a betrayal or misuse of primal Feminine power. 

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    • 58 min
    Agdistis: the Root of Masculine and Feminine Separation

    Agdistis: the Root of Masculine and Feminine Separation

    This week's topic is a loaded one! Agdistis is a Phrygian hermaphroditic daimon that is so powerful the gods fear them, and Agdistis is castrated and becomes female only, with the discarded member becoming either an almond or pomegranate tree. This myth and it's related ones (Myrrha/Adonis/Aphrodite, Gaia/Ouranos/Kronos) give us a lot of insight into why the uniting of Masculine and Feminine is considered so threatening, our culture feels the need to enforce the separation of the sexes biologically and psychologically. We also look at Agdistis' connection to Kybele, the origin of the term "hermaphrodite," and the theme of Masculine and Feminine merging as Sky and Earth. 

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

Ky Russ ,

Mr Russ n Ky

I think more men could benefit from hearing this very insightful podcast. Well thought out, presented and thoroughly researched. Again very highly recommended for all.

Carolina cubanita ,

Please never stop making episodes !

You manage to cover such a broad range of topics to such interesting depths that trigger mental and spiritual awakenings for a lot of people, never stop doing what you do ! we’re all thankful 🙏🏽

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.

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