For more than tens of thousands of years the Cosmic Mother was worshipped by all
She was perceived as Great Dark (Night), the Womb, the Waters (Ocean), The Cosmic Egg...
Later She got an anthropomorphic image: Kybele, Isis, Inanna, Ishtar, Asherah...
Later She "delegated" some "functions" to Her Daughters (Goddesses) and Sons (Gods)...
Eventually She ("Tiamat") lost Her Power, and was destroyed by the patriarchal God Marduk
Ever since She became demonized, pictured like a evil dragon or monster.
The Gods(Goddesses) of the past are the Demons of today
Every religion degrades the previous Deities into Demons e.g. Guardians..
Unfortunately, this also happened to the Cosmic Mother
Examples are "Demons", Kirtimukha's and Kala's (Mahakala's!).
So, that's how we meet Her in temples, churches, sacred places, sanctuaries...
Pay Her respect with the eyes of compassion through looking beyond Her ugliness
Deep down Her Beauty is immeasurable!
In later ages patriarchy re-introduced the Goddess, knowing that the people would otherwise revolt
In Hinduism the Primordial Mother was turned into a "integrated" Deity. She became the consort (shakti) of Shiva (instead of Shiva being Her Son/Lover!), in Buddhism Kuan Yin replaced WuShenglaoMu and in Christianity the Virgin Mary became the substitute of the ancient Magna Mater
Through its multi-facetted character only Hinduism preserved memories of pre-Vedic times, though, like Lajja Gauri, Aditi, Durga, Kali and....Meenakshi
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