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The majority of societies and structures within societies in the world have been patriarchal, with the father and 'man' getting immense adulation and importance while the female figure seems doomed to an overshadowed fate. That's what we assumed anyway. Turns out, there are many, many cultures, religions and countries out there who gave and continue to give immense importance to the 'mother' in their societies.
Women belonging to their tribes are honoured (and have always been) with the name, "Life of the Nation," signifying their gift of motherhood to the tribes. Or their gift of life.
You may be surprised to find them featured on this list, given a pretty deep lack of empowerment of their women at so many levels but their family names often begin with a sign that means 'mother.' It is their own way of paying tribute to their mother's lineage.
Eve is referred to as "The mother of all the Living" in the Bible.
Hindus deeply worship Kali Ma, whom they refer to as the Great Mother. The credit her with many inventions, ranging from writing using alphabets to pictographs and beautiful sacred images. She is one of the most powerful deities in the whole religion and she is a mother, albeit a rather violent and terrifying one.
Post celebrating mother's day in the spring they would wake up early to sweet honey-cakes, fine drinks and flowers at dawn. Perhaps the breakfast in bed tradition of mother's day arose here?
In Buddha's own words - " As a mother, even at the risk of her own life, loves and protects her child, so let a man cultivate love without measure to the whole world." He honoured birthing women everywhere with this simple statement.
Well there you have it. A large majority of the worlds religions and cultures have been impacted by the mother. Now go honour yours!
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