It’s Women’s History month, and as much as we admire the pioneering women that came before us, we thought we’d shine a light on inspirational women in the history of mythology. After all, every great movement or creation was once just a figment of the imagination. Here are the top five mythical women that speak to our inner goddess!
Norse Goddess, Hel. Art by Hannah Boeving.
Let’s dive straight in with one of the most badass deities on our list. We think it’s epic that Hell was named after a woman – the Norse goddess of the underworld, Hel. You know what they say about a woman scorned. So, the next time you tell your sleazy boss or cheating boyfriend to go to hell, you know a divine sister and her army of dead have got your back.
Egyptian Cat Goddess, Bastet. Art by Emily Balivet.
We need to set something straight for the record. Sparkles have always been at the top of our list of obsessions, a close second is cats. More specifically, being a cat – complete with a phantom tail. So, when we came across the bejeweled cat goddess Bastet, the Ancient Egyptian goddess of sensual pleasure, fertility and health, our obsession finally made sense!
Mayan Cacao Goddess, Ixcacao. Art by Jan Betts.
Every 28 days or so, this epic Mayan and Meso-American goddess becomes our lady and savior. You may have guessed it from her name, she is the deliciously divine goddess of chocolate (pause for ululation). Not just the Cacao Woman, she also presides over fertility and agriculture – but it’s the chocolate that has us hooked.
White Buffalo Calf Woman. Art by Barbara Brown.
We love this gentle Native American character, because anyone can be a badass, but it takes a special kind of person to be kind in this world. White Buffalo Calf Woman preaches harmony with the natural world, teaching us to love and care for wild animals, and reminds us that we all came from the same beginnings.
Greek Earth Goddess, Gaea. Art by Cristina McAllister.
If Gaea is not a celebration of women, we don’t know what is. She’s not just the earth goddess in Greek mythology, but the actual Earth as well. Oh, and by the way, she also gave birth to the sky and the sea – you know in between climbing the deity ladder and getting her nails done. Mother of all that’s precious (literally), she’s a multi-tasking machine! Could there be a higher accolade? We think not. Go Gaea Power!
And that wraps up our list of powerful women for this year’s Women’s History Month. We hope you enjoyed our picks and the beautiful art presented here by talented women from around the globe. Hop on to our Instagram and let us know which one of our deities, and their equally impressive accessories, speaks to the goddess in you!
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