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The Burning Times Documentary - Part 1

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Uploaded on Oct 2, 2008

This beautifully crafted film is an in-depth look at the witch-hunts that swept through Europe just a few hundred years ago. False accusations and trials led to massive torture and burnings at the stake, and ultimately to the destruction of an organic way of life. The film advances the theory that widespread violence against women and the neglect of our environment today can be traced back to those times. Part two of a series of three films on women and spirituality, which includes Goddess Remembered and Full Circle.
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NOTE ABOUT COMMENT POLICY: I do moderate comments for this video series, because it is a sensitive topic. I want women to feel comfortable, and to promote an environment of productive understanding. Comments that I decide are sexist, hateful, bigoted or just unproductive won't be approved. It can sometimes take me a couple of days to notice that a comment has been posted, so please be patient and don't double-post your comments. If you're sure that you've posted something appropriate and a week goes by without it being approved, then go ahead and post it again. I probably just missed it. Thanks and enjoy this great series.

REMARKS: I posted this video uncertain of how it would be received, though I suspected there were many others, particularly women, who would find it to be a clarifying link to our history. Even that word history erases the account of women, but such is the power of what happened during the Burning Times. I've read every single comment that has been posted, including the 15% or so that I moderate out, and I am glad that it has been so meaningful to Pagans, who have very few serious films to choose from that treat their roots with respect. Whether you are Pagan or not, the important thing to understand as you watch this video is that the Burning Times was a holocaust perpetuated on a culture that regarded women as patently valuable in spiritual and social importance, which seems the most obvious thing in the world to believe from simple observation of both ourselves biologically and nature at large. But that was the problem: a nature-based religion left no room for a centralized metaphysical authority, and no matter how hard Rome tried to coax these cultures into a comparatively nonsensical belief in order to better rule over their resources and land, an independent human's natural curiosity leads one back to the rhythms of observable nature, and inevitably into questioning the authority of the Church. In order to destroy such a compellingly sensible view of the world -- a view that was, in many respects, the ancient precursor of modern science -- an act of genocidal terrorism was committed, for it was only that kind of fear that finally subdued people into accepting the counter-intuitive view that humans are separated from nature, and sublimated the recognition of the intrinsic duality between the feminine and male elements that underpins our very existence.

This was one of our darkest periods, one that brought out the very worst in people -- our morbid sadistic bloodthirst that thrilled in the power of life and death over others -- and it is, I think, fair to say that we still struggle with this now. Perhaps we always did. Even today, almost all women live with a distinct but unarticulated fear and uncertainty of their place in society, but perhaps in understanding what happened to bring that about -- that it was a specific series of events that really happened, and her fear is that awful legacy -- women may come to feel less isolated and more willing to move past that fear to find their own sense of purpose that they define for themselves. If this video plays any positive part in that, I am very happy for it.

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UPDATE: You can buy the entire series here: http://www3.nfb.ca/collection/films/f...
Please consider buying it. Not only is it a fantastic series well worth having, but remember that buying the movies encourages more of these kinds of films to be made.
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Here are the links to all the parts of the series in order:

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqRir6...
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFZie-...
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejYTgF...
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQb_YL...
Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR2dHb...
Part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF8-Xx...

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