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Medicine Woman Throughout The Ages

Female practitioners of the medical arts were active in the ancient world. Worship of Isis, the great goddess of medicine, was universal among ancient Egyptians; magnificent temples were built in her honor and priestesses of Isis were regarded as physician-healers who obtained their healing powers from the goddess. At Sais, a city at the mouth of the Nile, women were both students and teachers at a women’s school specialising in child-bearing issues. Egyptian records also show that women studied at the royal medical school at Heliopolis as early as 1500 BC. Illustrations of women performing surgery were common on tombs …

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The Way Of Medicine Women

In times of need, we find ourselves intuitively drawn to Medicine Women: often the sage elders, women and wise ones in the community, because we sense they have the keys to solve our mysteries and fulfil our longings. Story telling is what medicine people have in common; this subtle form of medicine: “truth telling” happens in a community as an act of love. How do you explain the medicine of a loving mother, or the medicine in blessing rituals, the medicine of goodwill and human kindness, or the power of spoken words? However the art of story telling can reveal …