This essay explores the Greek Goddesses Athena, Metis and Medusa, and their early links with wisdom, protection, and healing. Healing from trauma is facilitated by rhythmic action shared with others, such as music, song and dance. In ancient Athens, Athena was celebrated with choral dance and song, and similar practices can still be witnessed today in traditional women’s circle dances of Greece and the Balkans which provide essential comfort and support for profound healing.
In Revisioning Medusa: from Monster to Divine Wisdom, edited by Glenys Livingstone, Trista Hendren and Pat Daly, with a preface by Joan Marler. Girl God Press, 2017.
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