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This work explores the transformation and eventual demotion of the goddess in ancient Ireland through the evolution of patriarchal mythos and as a consequence of economic factors, socio-political and religious manifestations, as well as agricultural developments. The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between leading theories of social, cultural and religious change in prehistory and early history and the historical process of the demotion of the Irish goddess figure, the Mor-rioghan. The Mor-rioghan is the subject of exploration as her militarization and subsequent incarnation as a bean si have resulted in her near dissolution. The decline of the goddess's status will be explained as inevitable in the face of the evolving hierarchies of androcentric theologies.
Rowan, Kelley Flannery, "Monstrum in femine figura : the patriarchal devaluation of the Irish goddess, the Mor-rioghan" (2005). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1058.
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