Paradise Lost

Anna Shaw

Westgate on Sea, United Kingdom

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Eve, the symbol of woman, portrayed here as she is seen through the eyes of the church.

Eve is associated with sin, with seduction, with serpents, with temptation and with the whole concept of paradise lost. Perhaps it is not surprising, given this portrayal of woman over centuries, that women are seen as inferior and/or ‘dangerous’ beings.

It’s frequently the case that religions treat women as inferior to men – women have been denied leadership roles, they are told to be submissive, and religious doctrines are used to control them both in society and the family.

Most religions tend to accord women a lower social, spiritual, and moral status than men. This is surely just a reflection of common social and political beliefs, but unfortunately religion lends divine or transcendental weight to common human prejudices. Overcoming these prejudices thus requires overcoming traditional religious beliefs as well.

Created totally in CS4.
The background is my own, and is a mixture of painting (wacom tablet & PS brushes) and textures. The church and cross are from my own photos.
The grim looking priest has been taken from a portrait by Diego Valasquez which in in the public domain.
Eve by silviet-stock
Serpents by shoofly-stock
Fiery Foreground by shoofly-stock
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The music I have chosen is the wonderful Eva cassidy, singing the John Lennon classic, – “Imagine”

Imagine there’s no heaven,
It’s easy if you try,
No hell below us,
Above us only sky,
Imagine all the people
living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries,
It isn’t hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
And no religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer,
but I’m not the only one,
I hope some day you’ll join us,
and the world will live as one.

Imagine no possessions,
I wonder if you can,
No need for greed or hunger,
Or brotherhood of man,
Imagine all the people
sharing all the world…

You! You may say I’m a dreamer,
but I’m not the only one,
I hope some day you’ll join us,
and the world will live as one.

You may say I’m a dreamer,
but I’m not the only one,
I hope some day you’ll join us,
and the world will live as one.

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