Foreword to the book
‘In pre-Christina Britain, the Great Goddess was worshipped either as an equal to the Gods, or as an individual deity. From the Paleolithic Earth Mother to the Celtic Goddesses of Boudicca and the Brigantes, this land once revered the divine feminine. As Christianity took hold, the old earth-revering religions became synonymous with evil – the sky became heaven and the earth became Hell. But why are so many Christian churches built on pre-Christian pagan sacred sites and contain pagan imagery?
For over a decade Simon Brighton and Terry Welbourn set out to discover what happened to the Goddess after she was evicted from her elevated position. During this journey they uncovered traces of the divine feminine: from holy wells and shrines, lost underground chambers to folklore, legends and fairy tales. They present a case that suggests that even after centuries of marginalisation, the goddess has remained with us – she has found new ways of asserting herself.
This book provides a rare glimpse of an era before modernisation and secularisation took hold. A time when pagan ritual and nature rules the land, and era when the Great Goddess reigned supreme.’
Echoes of the Goddess can be found on Amazon here.