Medusa’s “hair of snakes” were really dredlocks.

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She was the Afrikan serpent-goddess representing Female Wisdom and was called “the mother of all gods, whom she bore before childbirth existed.” In typical treatment of maligning Afrikan tradition, European “classic myth” made Medusa into a monster; the terrible Gorgon whose look turned men to stone. The Gorgons were a trinity whose names were Medusa, Stheino, and Euryale ­­or Wisdom, Strength, and Universality.

European writers pretended they were monsters, but these are not the names of monsters. Medusa was the Destroyer aspect of the Triple Goddess called Neith in Egypt and Athena in Greece. Medusa’s name is derived from Egyptian Maat (Truth), which also gives us the words medicine, mathematics, and Sanskrit medha (female wisdom). The Greeks and Romans were both very good at exploring, conquering, and adapting the local religions of conquered peoples to suit their needs. It’s thought that when the Greeks came to Africa, they encountered a people who had a goddess depicted with dreadlocks.

The original, real life Medusa, supposedly had dreads and the origin of dreads through ancient discoveries existed before the fictional Medusa character was recreated. She was the snake Goddess which is how Europeans formed their version of a monster with hair of snakes, with a face that would turn any man to stone because of fear, which developed from the Gorgon mask she carried with her.

Medusa has historically been seen as the archetype of the nasty mother, however she is far more complex.

She symbolizes the following:
Sovereign female wisdom. The female mysteries. All the forces of the primordial Great Goddess: The Cycles of Time as past, present and future. The Cycles of Nature as life, death and rebirth. She is universal Creativity and Destruction in eternal Transformation. She is the Guardian of the Thresholds and the Mediatrix between the Realms of heaven, earth and the underworld. She is Mistress of the Beasts. Latent and Active energy.

Connection to the earth. The union of heaven and earth. She destroys in order to recreate balance. She purifies.

 

 

5 thoughts on “Medusa’s “hair of snakes” were really dredlocks.

  1. You’re in the ballpark but way in the left field where the foul balls consistently fly. First of all at no point in anyone’s recorded history was Medusa ever a goddess. Especially an African one. I’m not sure where you got that from. Secondly the Gorgons were a group of women that were warriors like the Amazons led by Queen Myrina were. These were two groups of black women according to the lore and mythology. Of course whites have hijacked that and made all of the participants white. Medusa’s name is not derived from Ma’at. That must be some American revisionism. To individuals who don’t know any better, the version that you gave sounds good, but to some of us that have spent a lifetime studying these things, it’s how shall I say this without offending. It’s sickening as hell and bogus as f*ck. Anyone that takes the time to do a proper research, they will see that the Amazons were black women being as though they showed favor and reverence to the Ethiopians, not the modern Ethiopians, but the ancient ones situated in regions like Sudan, Yam, and further south. When doing that research one will see that after the Amazons defeated the Atlanteans, they went further south in Africa to fight the Gorgons. If they paid attention they’d have already figured out that the mythical Atlantis was nothing but West Africa. You have my email, I have a lot more information to pass along….

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