Ancient figurines of the
Goddess often show her with her arms extended in blessing or prayer, known as the “orans” position. The person praying is called an “Orantes” (from Latin orare: “to pray”).
Here’s an image of an ancient figurine from Knossos:
This unique stance is
sometimes used in depictions of Mary Magdalene, suggesting an association with the Divine Feminine as “Orantes.”
Two paintings by the 14th c. Italian artist Simone Martini depict her this way
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