Celebrate Celebrate Lunar Lammas & Goddess Mastor-ava
with Daughters of the Goddess
Friday, July 31, 7:30PM
Concord location, directions given upon RSVP
$15 newcomer discount, $35 one time exchange
This ritual is for cisgender women.
Please RSVP to 925-787-9247 or Leilani@DaughtersoftheGoddess.com
Mastor-ava is the Finnougric Goddess of agriculture, Earth, nature and healing. The Finnougrics are part of the Mordvin people and are living between the Oka and Volga Rivers in the Modern Russian Federation. This is area is well known for elaborate ceremonies and a rich folklore.
Mastor-ava name literally means "Earth Woman": Mastor being the Mordvin for "Earth, land". She is considered the protector and custodian of the whole Earth. Mastor-ava bears all the gravity of the Earth, She is a fertile germ which provides everything necessary for living. On Her festival day during the harvest, columns are built in Her honor and a part of the harvest is put on top of the columns. During Her festival, womyn bring out their embroidery and other handcrafts to be blessed by the Goddess.
There has been a rebirth of celebrating Mastor-ava since the early 1980s. The Russian government and Christian church had banned the ancient Earth-based ceremonies and beliefs, which had gone underground. They are re-emerging from the shadows, and now there are huge celebrations for Mastor-ava.
As we celebrate Mastor-ava, we will be working with Fair Trade. For the last few years, Daughters of the Goddess has been learning and exploring about Fair Trade. Fair Trade is a radical social movement in which the goal is to pay people who grow and produce goods fair wages, to have better trade conditions. Also the goal of sustainability and empowerment, not just about getting things at the cheapest price possible and putting people’s lives at risk to do it.
For the ritual please wear red, white, and/or gold. For the altar please bring a red or yellow candle, bring wheat, and bring any image of Mastor-ava or any of Her symbols: stars, embroidery, fresh fruits and vegetables.
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