Unveiling of the Grand Sekhmet, fifteen feet high, on Her step pyramid" -- collaborators: Karen and Roy Tate, Don Kinda, Oberon, Ava
The Mosuo of Tibet, one of the last living matriarchies ....
We owe a debt to brave foremother and archaeologist Marija Gimbutas, who suffered great personal and professional attack as she brought forth accurate knowledge of the veneration of Goddess of ancient civilization, which flew in the face of what the then-virtually all-male society of archaeologists believed.
The Serpent Priestess; Minoan, circa 1600 BCE
reproduction in the MINOAN TREASURES Exhibit,
The timeline of human religion is inaccurately portrayed by modern historians. To the right are the religions of the past five thousand or so years, the Abrahamic religions and others; to the left, the red line, represents the length of time that Goddess veneration has, according to the archaeological record,
been part of human consciousness.
This reality is completely erased from modern thought.
The Goddess Timeline by historian and artist Constance Tippett
left: Acheulian Goddess, 250,000 BCE
middle: Earth Mother of WIllendorf, 25,000 BCE
right: Goddess of Laussel, 25,000 BCE
The Museum's "Advocate for Woman" Award
to socially responsible corporations-- an elegant twelve inch high etched Lucite award (downpointing triangle,
the ancient symbol of Woman), on mirrored pedestal
The Museum Awards Ceremony --
for socially responsible corporations;
held in the corporate offices reception room of the awardee
The Indigenous Peoples Exhibit: The Standing Rock White Elk Ceremonial Dance Dress of Grandmother Annie Sharpfish, given in trust to The Museum of Woman by sixth-generation son of Sitting Bull, Grandfather Jumping Buffalo--to help promote understanding of the plight of the Standing Rock people
Rev. Adelia Sandoval, a leader of the Acjachemen Nation
of what is now called "Orange County"
Hindu exhibit, Main Gallery: original art of Goddess "Lakshmi," lifesize, multimedia on wood; artist: M. Allec
The Nile Bird Goddess, Egyptian, pre dynastic; 3500 BCE, reproduction in Main Gallery
Exhibit of Black Madonnas, The African Room
"The Black Madonna of Monserrat" (eight inches high)
the largest collection of Black Madonna miniatures in the world
WHAT is the purpose of
The MUSEUM of WOMAN?
We believe in -- we know the Power of Woman to restore the world; we are here to support women in the great work of leading humanity to goodness. As a member of the American Alliance of Museums, we are here to educate the public about:
1) the hidden history of Goddess veneration and matriarchies on this planet for 250,000 years
2) The history of Woman in the dominator-model known as “patriarchy” (“rule of the father”) for the past six thousand years and how this system has harmed all life
Our world is a mess in so many ways, but the terrible conditions of violence, war, poverty, abuse and drug addiction are not necessarily natural to humanity. The matricentric cultures of the pre-patriarchal millennia of the Neolithic and Paleolithic Eras (even the few that still exist today, such as the Mosuo of Tibet, pictured here), prove that peace, sharing resources and humans compassionately helping one another is not only possible, but also--as archaeologist Marija Gimbutas proved--completely natural for humanity.
Consider the two primate species chimpanzees and bonobos. The chimpanzees engage in war, kill each other, steal … and are very much like many humans are now. Bonobos, on the other hand, are peaceful, sweet, and gentle with each other.
We can be either one.
We encourage people to be like bonobos!
HOW CAN BELIEVING in WOMAN HELP HUMANITY?
We believe in the Power of Woman to lead humanity back to this natural state. Woman leads differently from the male; we educate people about how this is so, and why it is important for women to lead again –to save us all, to restore the world to what it once was--and what it can be again.
WHAT DOES The MUSEUM
of WOMAN OFFER?
Both new and permanent museum exhibits enlighten the public about the actual history of Woman and Goddess veneration on this planet, a history hidden from the public, a history not taught to young people in schools, or even in adult comparative religion courses. Judeo-Christian culture is less than four thousand years old, far younger than Goddess veneration, which began at least 250,000 years ago.
ACTUAL HISTORICAL TIMELINE
OF HUMAN RELIGION
GODDESS VENERATION–250,000 years JUDEO-CHRISTIAN RELIGIONS—5,000 years
This period when all of humanity thought of god as “The Great Mother” is simply erased from our modern minds, from our knowledge of history and from our culture. The paradigm that god is solely male--the prevailing thought in modern times--is harmful not only to women, but to men as well … and indeed to animals and to all life on Earth. One of our exhibits, located in Reception, is The Goddess Timeline, an amazing piece of historical work by artist and historian Constance Tippett.
Google “timeline of religion,” and you will see countless modern historical timelines that all begin the earliest, perhaps, about six thousand years ago. Goddess veneration, as proved by the 250,000 year-old Acheulian Goddess (a small palm-sized statue of a female deity found in the Golan Heights in the 80’s, pictured far left), is the “mother” and “root” of all later—much later—male-centric religions. This erasure has done untold damage to the spirit of women … and equally, in different ways, to men, as well.
Educating the public, especially young people, about the real history of humanity can bring women greater self-esteem, can bring men greater respect for women, and perhaps change everything about the way humans live together in all our varied cultures across the globe.
RECOGNITION AWARDS to COMPANIES
LEADING the WAY in WOMEN’s RIGHTS
Rewarding corporate social responsibility, The Museum of Woman awards the “Advocate for Woman" designation to corporations and organizations which show, by their policies and corporate giving, that they support women’s rights and women’s leadership within their firm, as well as maintain strict policies on sexual harassment with employees at every level. Each company receiving the elegant Lucite award enjoys a champagne presentation ceremony for its employees, and invited press, at their headquarters location, as the etched, downward pointing triangle, translucent award (on a pedestal, style matched to their Reception Room décor) is formally presented with speeches honoring the firm and its leadership.
CULTURAL, HUMAN RIGHTS and ENVIRONMENTAL PRESENTATIONS
We offer regular presentations to educate the public about various issues of human concern. Recently, we hosted a fantastic fundraiser evening for the Standing Rock Community, where Grandfather Jumping Buffalo, the sixth-generation son of Sitting Bull and a leader at the ongoing Standing Rock protest site (protesting the oil pipeline going through their indigenous lands), danced in full, magnificent, traditional regalia weighing over a hundred pounds.
We raised thousands of dollars to donate to Standing Rock and keep the awareness of this travesty of justice alive. We raised enough money to purchase all the firewood and heating supplies to keep them warm as they continue to protest outdoors through the frigid Dakota winter. Grandfather Jumping Buffalo gifted our museum with the invaluable Standing Rock White Elk Ceremonial Dance Dress, created by his grandmother, Annie Sharpfish. He asked us to put the sacred family heirloom on exhibit to continue awareness of his tribe’s situation. The dress is on display in the Indigenous Exhibit in the north corner of the Main Gallery, along with the Acjachemen Nation’s Sacred She-Bear statue, gifted to us by the Acjachemen People.
The ACJACHEMEN PEOPLE
and Rev. ADELIA SANDOVAL
We have a wonderful and deeply respectful relationship with this tribe, who are the original people of what is now called Orange County. No ceremony is held at this space without asking permission of the Acjachemen Ancestresses to do so.
The spiritual leader of the Ajachemen is Rev. Adelia Sandoval, a wisewoman who every year comes to the Museum and leads us in honoring her people’s ancestresses in sacred ceremony on the Sunday before Columbus Day, which we do not celebrate, but rather which we call “Honoring Indigenous Peoples” Day. We were the first to begin doing this fifteen years ago--and now cities across America are following suit, making the decision to no longer formally recognize Columbus Day as a holiday.
We also host many cultural groups such as ethnic cultural dancers, poetry readings, art shows, feminist gatherings, and more.
JOSEPH CAMPBELL FOUNDATION MYTHOLOGICAL ROUNDTABLE PUBLIC LECTURES
We are the Orange County host for the bimonthly meetings of the great Joseph Campbell Foundation Mythological Roundtable, where guest speakers come from all over the world to educate and inspire us in the areas of history, mythology and human potential.
SPIRITUAL (not religious) SERVICES
Our once-a-month “Source” Sunday spiritual circle brings the community together to celebrate Mother Earth and all Her creation. Great guest speakers, including prominent feminists and spiritual leaders, bring an uplifting message of human potential and woman empowerment.
Twice a year we host a fun “Spirit Faire,” where tarot card readers, healers and vendors come together in a mini-faire for the day, open to the public. In addition, we make available our space every Friday for readers, women and men, to set up their own table and offer readings to the public in a beautiful, peaceful, supportive environment.
SPIRITUAL SISTER GROUP for WOMEN
The Museum’s sister group, The Goddess Temple of Orange County-- a woman-only group that also offers Sunday Goddess Services, as well as The Queen Teachings, a set of original teachings about The Four Powers of Woman ©, the Maiden, the Mother, the Queen—the most denied and denigrated power of Woman—and the Wisewoman Elder, which many call “The Crone.”
PUBLIC PEACE MARCHES
Several times a year, The Museum organizes and leads public marches for peace, which all are welcome to join. Often at The Spectrum, where our group of 50--100 women, men and children will silently and slowly walk the length of the outdoor mall. For the safety of our group, our Director, Ava, always pre-arranges agreements with mall security, so that all unfolds in a peaceful and protected way as we make our public stand. Men are most welcome to show their support by marching also. Conflict is never permitted.
MOTHER MARY PEACE SUPPER
One of our most popular and well-attended events near Christmas is our annual “Mother Mary Peace Supper,” where families and friends gather to eat quietly a ritual meal, in peace and serenity. The long, low, candlelit table down the middle of the Sanctuary is laden with foods that Jesus and Mary would have eaten in their time. Many describe this as their favorite event of the year.
GRIEF RELEASE CLASS
Each November, our Minister Rev. Jan Storm leads a “Grief Release” Sunday afternoon series for people who are needing and wanting to process grief, past or present. Many attendees return year after year, as the grief is processed bit by bit. “I feel ten pounds lighter every time!” says one regular.
PERSONAL LIFE PASSAGE CEREMONIES
The Museum is a place for people to hold their personal ceremonies of birthday, first moon, marriage, funerals, and baby and animal blessings. We even have a beautiful divorce ceremony for those who wish to handle this life event in a sacred, whole and honoring way for all parties. We have available eight trained ministers, priestesses and pastors who officiate and help people create their personalized and meaningful ceremonies.
ARE YOU A FEMINIST ORGANIZATION?
The dictionary definition of feminism simply means “the theory of the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.” It also means “the work of seeking the rights of women in society.” Feminism today is in a state of change and flux, so if you ask a hundred people what it means to be a feminist, you’ll get a hundred different answers. We are a feminist organization and we take “feminism” to mean:
1) the spirit of honoring Woman as the Mother, or Life Bringer and supporting Her to do that work which only She can do for all humanity
2) and honoring Her three other aspects:
a. Maiden (the free spirit, wild, and “virgin,” which, in ancient thinking, had nothing to do with sex, but meant “whole unto oneself, needing no one else for completion”)
b. Queen (leader of family and humanity) and
c. Wisewoman (the library of wisdom for humanity)
WHY is it NECESSARY to
HAVE a MUSEUM of WOMAN?
Don't other museums feature women?
We are unique in the world. There are no other such organizations at the time of this writing. There is a woman’s history museum in the Bay Area, and there are several online “museums,” but there are no other brick and mortar museums of which we are aware that bring forth the history of the Woman and Goddess in the manner accomplished here.
(pictured left: The Mother Archetype exhibit in the Main Gallery, with authentic birthing chair, circa 1800, and “Eve,” offering Her “apple of wisdom” to humanity)
There are some that show a goddess or two here and there, such as the Getty and The Louvre, but even at these great museums, there is no overarching context for what all this means historically, and how the history of Woman and the rise of patriarchy (the dominator model of society) affects us all so negatively today.
When we all, as a society, have clarity on this reality, a lot of humanity’s current problems will begin to melt away. Our society is based on domination as a way of dealing with others. We have another way we think is better, one that women can help lead us to--with the support of Aware Men. We say there are three kinds of men – ten percent are Awful Men, ten percent are Aware Men, and eighty percent are Average Men. Average Men are running our world … and they were never meant to do this alone.
WHY DO YOU CALL IT “The MUSEUM of WOMAN,” and not “The MUSEUM of WOMEN?”
It is named “The Museum of Woman” because we bring forth awareness of archetypes, which is far more useful and clarifying for people than simply talking about individuals, or even groups of individuals. “Museum of Women” would mean a “museum of individual women.” “Museum of Woman” refers to the archetype of Woman--the lifegiving, birthing principle of this physical plane in which humanity is functioning. To understand that principle is very helpful to people, both men and women.
DO YOU BELIEVE WOMEN ARE SUPERIOR TO MEN?
All beings are of equal inherent value. The female human has greater powers than the male human. This is not insulting to men; it is simply reality. Women possess eight Blood Mysteries:
2) menstruation (the ability to “bleed without dying,” as was said in ancient times)
5) giving birth
7) menopause (the ability to now “hold the wise blood”)
Males experience just two of these, birth and death—and are not in control of either. They do not hold the other six powers. Some say male envy of Woman’s power is the genesis of all attempts at domination—to control powers they do not have themselves. Women give birth to all humans and good mothers love all their children, regardless of sex.
The female is the fundamental form of the human species. All humans are female for the first few weeks in the womb, then some become male. The female of many species is also capable of parthenogenesis, female mothers cloning themselves to give birth to only females as the next generation. The female is the primary form. All other forms, including male, are derivative. Women are not superior to males, but the female is primary and out of the female comes the male.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT the MUSEUM?
We welcome you to
1) join as a member—go to website to join or donate
2) donate to our organization to keep us thriving and offering all we do
3) attend events as possible for you
4) share our information on Facebook
5) subscribe to our youtube channel
6) tell others about us to spread the word that a feminist museum exists … and is helping to change the world!
*252,2018—we date from the Acheulian Goddess age for
our calendar, rather than from the date of the birth of Jesus
Founder and Director Ava speaks to groups worldwide; contact us to have us speak to your organization.