'God Giving Birth' - Connecting British Wicca with Radical Feminism and Goddess Spirituality during the 1970s-1980s: The Case Study of Monica Sjöö

Authors

  • Shai Feraro Tel Aviv University (Israel)

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.v15i1-2.31

Keywords:

feminism, goddess religion, Monica Sjöö, radical feminism, Wicca, women’s liberation movement.

Abstract

Ideas of radical feminism, Goddess Spirituality and Feminist Witchcraft— which originated in the United States during the late 1960s and the 1970s before taking root in Britain—were introduced to British Wiccans during the latter half of the 1970s and throughout the 1980s. Several United Kingdom-based radical feminists who combined their newfound political awareness with Goddess Spirituality acted as important conduits for the transference of these ideas. In the case of the artist and Goddess-feminist Monica Sjöö (1938-2005), I show some of the ways in which radical and spiritual feminist religious ideas did, contrary to a commonly held view, influence the British Pagan scene in the 1960s and 1970s.

Author Biography

Shai Feraro, Tel Aviv University (Israel)

Shai Feraro is a PhD candidate in the School of Historical Studies at Tel Aviv University.

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Feraro, S. (2014). ’God Giving Birth’ - Connecting British Wicca with Radical Feminism and Goddess Spirituality during the 1970s-1980s: The Case Study of Monica Sjöö. Pomegranate, 15(1-2), 31–60. https://doi.org/10.1558/pome.v15i1-2.31

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