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The Masks of the Goddess

"If you find Me not within, you will never find Me.
For I have been with you from the Beginning."


I've always been fascinated with masks as sacred tools - as what Carl Jung called “vessels for the archetypal powers”. In 1998 I began a collection of masks of Goddesses from spiritual traditions around the world, first worn at the 20th Annual SPIRAL DANCE in San Francisco. In 2000, I returned to Bali to extend the series with several collaborative works with Balinese mask artists, among them Ida Bagus Anom. I wanted to offer my collection as contemporary "Temple Masks", making them available to those who wished to use them for dance, story and ritual devoted to the Divine Feminine. As I and colleagues used the masks, they filled with energy and collective story. It’s been my privilege to see the Collection used in such diverse communities as the New College of San Francisco, the University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland, the Chapel of the Sacred Mirrors in New York, Buka Creati Gallery in Bali, the Willits Community Center, the Matrilineage Symposium at the University of Syracuse, and Masks of Transformation Conference at the University of Southern Illinois; in collaboration with Reclaiming, The Global Art Project and The Goddess 2000 Project, at the Kripalu Institute in Massachusetts, and in exhibit at the Muse Community Arts Center in Tucson. No artist could ask for more.

I am grateful to all those who have used the collection. Thank you, truly, for "dancing the Goddess Home".

Lauren Raine 2008

With special thanks to Macha NightMare, Mana Youngbear, Annie Bridgit Waters and Abbie Willowroot. And to: Serene Zloof, Diane Darling, Barbara Jaspersen, Starhawk, Shelly "Valley High" McHugh, David Jeffers & Benad Hasche, Monika Mann, Kelly Nelson, Flynt Garner, Silk, Duncan Cook, Celestine Star, Evelie Posche, Lilla Luoma, Will Clipman, Jeff Grienke, Isobel Amourous, Kathy Huataluhta, Ileya Stewart, Morgana Canady, Valerie James, Quynn Elizabeth, Katherine Josten, Erica Swadley, Grey Eagle, Ann Huggins, Celestine Star, Kala, Eleni, Alan Moore, Drissana Devananda, Elizabeth Fuller, Conrad Bishop, Ann Beam, Paloma Hill, Jim Hewes, Arjuna & Tuva Space, Jo Odessa & Buka Creati, Deborah Scott Gren, Mary Kay Landon, Sabina Magliocco, Farida Fox, Tara Webster, Willow Kelly, Dawn Marlowe, Juan Pablo Guiterrez, Kala Levin, Amadae, Vibra Willow, Amy Luna Manderino, James Lovette-Black, Amie Miller, July Lewis, Stacy Kalkowski, Lee Hendrickson, Adrienne Hirt, Barbara BBC, Freya Anderson, Morgaine Harris, Laura Janesdaughter, Tansy Brooks, Willow Kelly, Damira Norris, Maria Wahlstrom, Fontain and FONTAIN'S MUSE, Kendra, Copper Persephone, Eleni Livitsanos, Jamra, Cypress, Cris Ferreira, Christy Salo, Melusina Gomez, Maritza Schaefer, Journey, Nada Khodlova, Stessa, Angela Blessing, Rachel Morgain, Catlin & Reggie Williams, Ingrid Aspomatis, Annie and Phil, Carlin Diamond, Alan & Audrey Smith, Lea Bender, THE VEIL, Sammi Alijagic, Paul Fisher, Toker Johnston, Linda Johnston, Motherbear Scott, Ashley Wallace, Melissa Penn, Laura Dubois, Dorit Bat Shalom, Jeanne Koelle, Karina McAbee, Navaab Munirith, Charlie Adams, Sharon Kihara, Nettie, Corinne Levy, Judy Foster, Dina, Amanda Allison, Wendy Cornelius, Kendra Stone, Bombshell Betty, Heaven, Ariel, Shanel, Carrie Adams, Kim Arnold, Nadirah Adeye, Thallia Bird, April Taylor, Donna Peck, Dailey Little, Rhonda, Marisa Scirocco, Jonette Ford, Lyndzee Dava, Ayelen Liberona, Carolyn Lucento, Pythia and the Temple of the Goddess....... and many more.

And thanks again to Thomas Lux, Peter Hughes, Ann Beam, and Ileya Stewart for the generous use of their photographs.

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To read some of the STORIES of the masks please click on the images below:

Amaterasu Omikami
Aphrodite
Artemis
Bast
Bridgit

White Buffalo Calf Woman
Butterfly Woman
Selu - Cornmother
Gaia
The Virgin of Guadalupe

Hecate
Inanna
Isis
Kali
Lilith

The Morrigan
Oshun
Pele
Rainbow Woman
Sedna - Skeleton Woman

Sophia
Spiderwoman
Green Tara
White Tara
Yemaya
Persephone
Magdalene/Black Madonna
Blodeuwedd/Flora
Saraswati
     
Pomona
     

Photographs by Thomas Lux, Ileya Stewart, Ann Beam and Peter Hughes

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