Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Women of the Dark Ages

If for the sole purpose of casting doubt upon the popular lie that modern women can only find true fulfillment outside "organized religion" which has always suppressed the feminine - here is another Medieval woman quote from one of Hildegard of Bingen's visions:
"Flow with mystical learning, so that those who want you to be scorned because of the guilt of Eve may be inundated by the flood of your refreshment! For you do not receive this keenness of insight from man, but from that supernal and awesome judge on high" (from p.325 of this)

Did I mention that all her visions were approved by the Pope of her time, and that she had quite an influence upon him? Perhaps, as a professor here has suggested, we should continue to insist that people of the early Medieval era lived in the "Dark Ages"- a darkness due to our ignorance, not theirs.