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Throughout history, time and time again, for the most part women have been excluded from major roles in religion. Whether it be Islam, Christianity, Judaism, or any other religion, it is usually a male figure who dominates or holds the spotlight. Especially when it comes to positions of higher status such as messengers, prophets, or even “gods” in some cases. This may cause people to wonder why women were excluded from these positions. This is not that kind of blog. This blog is to recognize the few women that went against the grain of the system in order to make their names imprinted on the history of their religions. It also includes female figures that certain religions worship.
The Virgin Mary
As most people know her value to both Christianity and Islam, The Virgin Mary, (or Meriem in Islam) is one of the Bible and Quran’s most influential figures. She was deemed to carry herself in such a classy manner, that she was given the honor of conceiving Jesus Christ to the Christians, or Prophet Jesus to Muslims. This miracle she was bestowed with elevates her to one of the highest statuses in all religions, regardless of gender.
Also a household name, Eve is just as important to the creationism story as Adam. She was one of the very first human beings to be created (according to creationism) and accompanied Adam.
Āisha was the wife of the Prophet Muhammad who had perhaps the most influence on the Muslim community after his death. She played a central role in the political opposition to the third and fourth caliphs. n many ways, she is among the most controversial figures in early Islam, especially since the implications of her actions for women’s participation in scholarship, political life, and the public sphere clashed with later conservative conceptions of the role of women.
She is known as the “mother of liberation”, and represents the virtues of success in work and achievements in the religion of Buddhism.
Tārā also embodies many of the qualities of feminine principle. She is known as the Mother of Mercy and Compassion. She is the source, the female aspect of the universe, which gives birth to warmth, compassion and relief from bad karma as experienced by ordinary beings in cyclic existence. She engenders, nourishes, smiles at the vitality of creation, and has sympathy for all beings as a mother does for her children.
Parvati is the Hindu goddess of love, fertility and devotion. She is the gentle and nurturing aspect of the Hindu goddess. She is the mother goddess in Hinduism and has many attributes and aspects. Each of her aspects is expressed with a different name, giving her over 100 names in regional Hindu mythologies of India, including the popular name Uma.
These are just a few of the most notable women to make themselves present in the history of different religions, which is dominated my male historical figures.