How Female Leadership Roles Differ in African and Goddess Religions


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How Female Leadership Roles Differ in African and Goddess Religions
This religious study will analyze the diverse leadership in which female roles differ in goddess spirituality and practice in an African context. By observing the role of gender unity, motherhood, and commerciality in female practices in goddess worship, the problematic issue of patriarchal standards often inhibits the power of the goddess. The matriarchal norms of a caring mother mythos often allow women practitioners in goddess religions to gender roles that arise in a male-dominated society, but the core values of nurturing compel women to empower themselves by being psychological adept through gender unity. This leads to the commercialization role of women as priestess...
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..... empower themselves outside of typified male dominated roles.
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