This week I have been inspired by the latest Disney film, Moana, the new Polynesian ‘anti-princess’ challenging female stereotypes.
Moana’s story has many magical connections to my own journey, especially the theme of navigating by sea. Through the work of the anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl I became familiar with the history of Moana’s people. Kon-tiki (2014) is a film about the extraordinary journey Heyerdahl took on a raft across the Pacific ocean from South America, to prove that the people of Polynesia came from the West. Heyerdahl said they came from Peru and their god was called Kon-tiki. This is what the shaman had told him in the Polynesian tribe he lived with for a number of years.
The Inca say that these tall, fair gods which include the ‘good guy’ Kon-tiki came from the North. If you are familiar with my blogs you will remember that I’ve been on the trail of these ancient navigators from the Orkney Islands to La Gomera to Anglesey in Wales. I am very excited to be embarking on an advanced course with the Peruvian Shamanic Teacher don Oscar Miro Quesada later this month and so it feels a hoop of ancient memory is being being healed.
Moana sets off to sea to heal the heart of the Earth Goddess with a gem stolen many generations earlier by the trickster god Maui. Moana is told the story by her Grandmother, who is a Medicine Woman who dances with the sea.
The film reflected two of the Goddess Asteroids and their transformation in humanity perfectly. Vesta the sacred priestess archetype is represented firstly by Moana’s grandmother. Moana also has to completely step into her power when she is let down by the Demi-god Maui – in fact in turns out to be her not the god who has to restore the Goddess. This is a very strong Vesta theme – the need to know our own spiritual power and not project this outside ourselves onto a patriarchal god.
In the Earth Goddess we see the rage of mythical Ceres as she ravages the land. As my friend sitting next to me whispered ‘she has a very bad case of PMT’. Eckhart Tolle has an interesting theory that PMT is the collective rage of the repressed Divine Feminine which all women process. This is why we cannot heal the outer world until the Goddess within is restored and honoured in all her dimensions. Moana will go a long way to doing this in the popular culture.
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Below is a link to a review about the film Kon-tiki. It is a gripping and astounding film really worth watching if you are interested in ancient history.