Monday, 2 May 2016
Men And Women
"'You are the King. A man. Do you admit me to your mystery of Mithras? Then ask no more about this.'" (Roma Mater, p. 378)
Earlier, another Queen had catalogued inequalities:
Romans honor women but give them no voice;
Greeks shut them away;
Mithraists do not admit them;
Christians do but in a subservient role.
It is good to have left a lot of that behind. A neighbor boasted to me that Wicca is the only religion where men and women worship together naked. My daughter retorted that Wicca will continue to be the only religion where men and women worship together naked! Without the nakedness, there is no distinction between men and women in our Zen group. A visiting "monk" may be male or female.
A Dianic friend has spoken of reviving women-only rituals but these would be conducted in private and would not affect social interactions. Meanwhile, I am not in any hurry to revive Mithraism or sacrifice white bulls!