Feminine Power

Kali

Praise Kali, whose insatiable aggression destroys ignorance and leads her followers to enlightenment.

I took in the exhibition Feminine Power: From the Divine to the Demonic at the British Museum, an examination of female power in myth, religion and folklore with commentary by the likes of Mary Beard and Elizabeth Day. Excellent. Well worth a visit.

Here’s Hekate, who stands between life and death, here in her triple-faced form. Heralded by howling dogs.

Hekate

Or Ishtar, Queen of the Night and sexual power.

Ishtar

And Lilith, once decried for breaking the rules, now a symbol of women, who will not be chained.

Lilith

You’ll also find Medusa, Mary, Isis, others from African and Chinese belief systems…

The exhibition is on at the British Museum till September 26.