Maria Lionza: An Indigenous Goddess of Venezuela

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María Lionza is at once a native girl, born in the 16th century to an Indian chief in the Venezuelan region of Yaracuy, and a goddess of nature, peace and harmony to over eight million Venezuelans in the 21st century. Her name means “Mary of the boar,” taken from her full name “Santa María de la Onza Talavera del Prato de Nivar”—a title given by the Catholic Church in the attempt to Christianize her cult. This book is María’s story, as much as can be told. Other than a few scholarly articles, the existence of María Lionza and her following is unknown in Western literature. Gabriel Ernesto Andrade of La Universidad del Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela wrote “If I would have to find one word to describe the María Lionza religion, it would be ‘mysterious’.” And so María, as well as her origins and how she became regarded as the goddess of the people of Venezuela, remains a mystery in many... More > ways. And that is as it should be.< Less
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  • By Miasmaturgos
    Sep 19, 2012
    With all the good will one could consider the booklet a C-grade job. But I am hardly inclined to show good will after purchasing (cheaply - I admit) a book, half of which is consists of irrelevant rambling about mythical traditions all over the world and noted history, and the other half only summarizes material freely available on the internet, and - damningly! - only that, which is available in English (the main soures being in Spanish). The author found a way to quickly put together a text on any tradition with a female deity in it. I can understand it - it isn't easy to make a living as an independent researcher. But personally, I would be too ashamed to sell such a thing to unaware people.
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October 1, 2011
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