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Baba Yaga

(209 words)

Author(s): Schenkluhn, Angela
[German Version] Etymology partly uncertain: Baba (Russ. “grandmother”), Yaga (from Galician jaza “snake” or Russ. užas “terror”). Baba Yaga is a central figure in eastern Slavic and particularly in Russian fairy tales. She is a mythical figure who embodies the archetypal “old woman.” Attempts have been made to give her a place in the Slavic pantheon or to interpret her mythologically as a personific…

Women's Movement/Spiritual Feminism

(3,182 words)

Author(s): Schenkluhn, Angela
1. As early as the mid-1970s, chronologically parallel to the emergence and spread/extension of → New Age religious movements, concepts of → magic and → spirituality acquired a greater importance. A spiritual feminism, as an umbrella concept for a multiplicity of forms of belief and expression, has emerged from the new, autonomous women's movement. It is a political, and religious and/or spiritual movement at the same time. The spectrum of subjects involved in an overview of female spirituality …

Matriarchy/Patriarchy

(1,495 words)

Author(s): Schenkluhn, Angela
1. The question of gender difference (→ Gender Stereotypes), raised once more in the 1970s by the new women's movement, has kindled a discussion of possibilities for a social order outside patriarchal power relationships, and for a peaceable, control-free cohabitation of the sexes. Many women lack female models and figures of identification. In order to counter this ‘lack of tradition,’ historical models were sought. The concept of the matriarchy was promptly introduced, with an appeal to Basle …