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Exploring the sacred feminine

Exploring the sacred feminine

Scholar, teacher, artist, filmmaker, therapist and dream worker Liliana Kleiner will be giving two presentations on The Song of Inanna, her latest work exploring the sacred feminine. Kleiner’s book is a collection of the 6,000-year-old stories of the Sumerian goddess Inanna. “She is not just a spiritual goddess, but a queen and a ruler,” says Kleiner. “She is good, she is bad, she is a warrior, a lover. She is the totality of the feminine.” The book also contains original artworks created by Kleiner inspired by the stories of Inanna along with a Jungian feminist analysis of the myths.

Kleiner was born in Argentina, raised in Israel and now lives in Powell River. Throughout her well-travelled life, she has walked two parallel paths: one as a therapist and one as an artist. She first moved to Canada in 1982 when she settled in Montreal after earning a doctorate in clinical psychology at Queen’s University as well as attending film school at Concordia. Kleiner’s father was a part-time painter and it’s from him that she got her love of oil painting. After moving to Galiano Island in 1995, she fell in love with wood and started experimenting with woodcuts and creating her own handmade papers out of organic materials such as cedar bark, garlic stems, onion skins, stinging nettle and hemp. She also earned a Master of Fine Art from Haifa University in Israel and her artworks are in private collections around the world. Kleiner is a tireless researcher and spent 10 years putting together The Song of Inanna, even travelling to Crete in Greece to visit ruins.

Linda Kleiner shows off one of her original artworks of the goddess Inanna. She will give presentations on her latest book The Song of Inanna July 12 at the Sechelt library and July 14 at the Gibsons library. Photo submitted

She is also passionate about her subject believing that the stories of Inanna hold great relevance for us today. The myths were first discovered in what is now Iraq and pre-date the Bible and the Koran. “It is the oldest recorded myth in western civilization,” says Kleiner. “The stories are full of wisdom and messages very relevant to today, to ecology, to our interest in what’s happening to the rape of mother earth.” In her presentation, Kleiner will focus on the original stories and on “passing on this amazing knowledge. We live according to the story we buy into,” she says. “The story we buy into nowadays is capitalism and consumerism. We are desperately in need of more exciting stories that will free us and bring us back to inner freedom and innocence and belief in peace and love.”

Liliana Kleiner will be giving two presentations: Thursday, July 12 at the Sechelt Public Library at 7pm and Saturday, July 14 at the Gibsons Public Library at 1:30pm. Both events are free and all are welcome.

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