New Online Course starts Jan 2, 2016
Secret History of the Witches, Vol II:
Primordial Goddess cosmologies. The Moirae. Pythias, Black Doves, and other oracular women. Greek patriarchy: Athens, Sparta, and persistence of older cultural substrates. Priestesses, temples, women's ceremonies; constraints, appropriations and displacements. Mythic conquests: goddesses under rape culture. Demonizing the women of Lemnos and Libya. Mysteries of the Two Goddesses: Demeter and Persephone; Kybele and Rhea; maenads. Female philosophers and poets. Greek witches, and the sexual, ethnic, and class politics of persecution. Circe, Medea, and Hekate.
Read more about what the course covers
(outline of topics in a timeframe of roughly 1300-300 bce)
Subscribers to this course are the first to preview early volumes in Max Dashu's (forthcoming series) Secret History of the Witches (see book outline). We'll go into more than is possible to publish in the print edition, with live visual talks and teleconference discussions.
HOW THE ONLINE COURSE WORKS:
It's conducted through the Veleda listserv, a private yahoo group for subscribers. Articles, images, commentary, discussion, and links to other online resources are sent to you by email. You access these materials at your own pace, at any time convenient for you, and participate in discussion as you desire. Don't worry about schedules or meeting times: there aren't any, except for occasional real-time webcasts of slideshows. There are no grades, no required papers, and no credits for this course. You are invited to contribute your insights, comments, questions, and relevant resources -- but this is up to you.
One month's subscription is $31. (No refunds.) For a reduced rate of $25/month, you can prepay your sub for three months or more (but keep in mind the hiatus from Nov. 1- Jan 3.) Low-income scholarship subs are available; please honor our intention of making the course accessible to women who are truly low income. If you would like to be a Sustainer, sponsoring a low-income subscribe while also contributing toward the Suppressed Histories Archives, you can contribute $50. a month and in thanks, receive a signed poster or print of your choice.
You can join the course at any time. You are not required to sign up for the entire course, but can subscribe month to month, and sign off whenever you want. This session runs from January 2 2017 through May 2015, with occasional breaks.
The webcasts are live slideshows on your computer screen; I show images and comment on them; you are invited to ask questions and make comments. You can either speak via headset mic or a phone-in interface (VOIP). Or you can type in questions/comments via a comments box. (Webcast info link for minimum computer system requirements, including DSL will be updated later this year, once I settle on a new and better webcast service.)
All course webcasts are announced via the Veleda listserv. Two or three showings (of the same visual presentation) will be offered to accommodate time zones of all participants. (Other non-course webcasts will also be offered on other topics, by separate one-off subscriptions. Descriptions of these will be linked at Webcast Schedule at the upper left column of this page.)
You get access to all course discussion logs and files, including those for previous courses, for as long as you are subscribed. (All are copyrighted to Max Dashu or the various participants who post.) There is a condition for access to the old course logs: Yahoogroups now requires people to create a Yahoo ID and give a mobile phone number to access the web interface where the message logs are stored.
As far as I know as of this writing, you can still participate in the Veleda listserv (through which the readings, discussion, and course business all happen) without a Yahoo ID. You will not be able to use the other features of the yahoo page. The webcasts are run through a different service, where none of this is an issue.
When it's time for you to renew, use the Subscription link on this page. I'll post it periodically on the listserv. Looking forward to having you join us.
Witches and Pagans:
Women in European Folk Religion,
Vol VII of the Secret History series, is now in print!
View trailer for the double disc video
"Woman is by nature a shaman," says a Chukchee proverb of northeast Asia. Many ethnic traditions say that the first shaman was female. Experience this expansive visual record of female shamans worldwide, from ancient times to the present,in Saharan and South African rock art, Greek ceramic paintings, Aztec manuscripts, Chinese bronzes, clay sculptures from ancient Ecuador and Iraq, soapstone sculptures from Alaska and ivory from Greenland, and modern photos from around the world.