LOOP Fair 2019

  • November 19th - 21nd 2019 | Barcelona, SP
  • Mathilde ter Heijne, Moon Rituals, 2007
  • Mathilde ter Heijne, Moon Rituals, 2007
  • Moon Rituals, 2007
  • Moon Rituals, 2007

LOOP Fair [solo project]

Moon Rituals

Mathilde ter Heijne

19th – 21th November 2019

Barcelona, SP

Moon Rituals (2007) by Mathilde ter Heijne shows fragments from two full moon sanctification rituals, led by contemporary Goddess-worship priestesses. Apart from this, during the rituals, archaeological artefact reconstructions were wood-fired in an archaic way.

At the time of early agriculture in Europe, Neolithic agriculturists developed their own cultural models throughout several millennia. Food gathering allowed the production of those and hunting to become a settled way of life, even though this did not make any significant change in the structure of the symbolism, it draws attention the continuity of the symbols throughout the millennia since the stone age. In other words, many spiritual aspects attributed to the prehistoric Goddess – the birth-giver, the fertility-giver influencing growth, supply and protect life or aliments, renovation of all life in earth and cosmos and being the death-wielder–persist in the current times as well as those agricultural beliefs related with sterility and fertility, life’s fragility, the constant menace of destruction and the periodical need of transforming nature generational processes.

Around 25.000 BC, bone sculptures, ivory or stone and symbols as vulvas, triangles, breasts, chevrons, zig-zags, meanders or cupmarks are the methods to embody and represent such beliefs, which in turn are established into a symbolic system which represent time in a cyclical and mythical way.

In art this is manifested by moving and dynamic signs (whirling and twisting spirals or winding and coiling snakes as a symbol of vital energy and benevolence), horns, sprouting seeds or cycles as the moon phases – new, waxing, and old-. suggesting at the same time the resemblance with the virgin woman, adult and old. As for the colours, black- symbolizes the womb of the Goddess where life begins- is the colour of fertility and white – portrays bones tone- death colour.

This Goddess focused religion existed for a long interval, survived the superposition of Indo-Europeans myths and finally to Christianism myths, leaving a significant mark. Sacred images and symbols from ancient Europe had never been totally moved; the most persistent features in human kind history are deeply rooted into the psyche.

Old traditions, specially those related with birth, death and earth fertility rituals, are still practised today.

*Fragments from the text by Marija Gimbuta, The language of the Goddess, New York 1989

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