Hathor the Golden Calf

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I took some liberties in this design. “Why all the boobies?” you may ask. Once upon a time, boobies were an object of respect, not shame and ridicule. My goddesses have big, bare breasts to represent that mindset. Not that I think boobies should be worshipped; I’m not into biological fertility, and I’m not a “breast (wo)man”. Having breasts myself, I can say they’re kind of a pain in the ass (nor am I an “ass (wo)man”). But there’s so much shame around female breasts these days, I make ’em big and plentiful on deities to remind myself, and hopefully you, that the shame, discomfort, and anger they provoke is about patriarchy, not women’s bodies.

Here’s Hathor as a golden idol:

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My favorite interpretation of Exodus 32 posits the Golden Calf was Hathor, a very popular Egyptian cow goddess. I’m running with that in my film. Fun!

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Bastet

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The walk cycle is 36 frames, but this gif is 72, to allow her to walk across.

O Mighty Isis

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Timed for the Golden Calf scene.

Hathor as woman with cow head

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Timed for the Golden Calf scene. The song I’m using has beats approximately every 18 frames (at 24 frames per second).

Faster Wadjet

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I had to re-time my Wadjet – she used to be 48 frames long, now she’s a svelte 36. Here’s an earlier version. She will appear in Exodus 32 along with all the other goddesses, accompanying the Golden Calf, who is Hathor.

Astarte

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Astarte and her equine friends, based on plaques like this:

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Canaanite Goddess

 

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Based on this famous 13th Century BCE plaque found in Israel:

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Photo (c) IMJ, By Yoram Lehmann

The Golden Calf: Melting

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Hebrews tossing ass-loads (literally carried out of Egypt on the backs of asses) of treasure into a crucible, to cast into the Golden Calf.

Asherah-rah-rah

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My Asherah is loosely based on these:

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Because mine rotates, the design is super simple with hardly any detail. Here’s another version that looks slightly less like the real Ashera figures, but is a cleaner design (due to longer hair):

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Bee dance

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Some improvements on the bee goddess I posted yesterday.

Sweet Melissa

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That is this bee deity’s name.

Venus of Willendance

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Venus

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How many frames of animation do you need to make something look like it’s moving? Two.

Lionized

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All these years and I’ve never designed/animated a lion? Here’s my first. Because goddesses need something to stand on.

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I’m gearing up to do the most interesting Seder-Masochism episode: the Golden Calf, wherein the stiff-necked people disobey Moses and revert to their pagan, goddess-worshipping ways. Lotta design work this month, because goddesses.