SPIRITUAL FEMINISM REVISITED - THE PEACOCK FEATHER: SIX STORIES FOR SIX NIGHTS, BY LJILJANA HABJANOVIC DJUROVICH
Many consider progress has been made in female empowerment now that women are in the work force and even reach high positions in male dominated spheres. Yet, the entertainment sector has become highly siliconized and sexual harrasment is commonplace at schools. I acknowledge some positive developments, but the missing link in today's feminism, I argue, is the sacredness of fertility. Dan Brown touched upon the subject in "The Da Vinci Code", but a much more powerful mouthpiece for spiritual feminism is of course a woman; Ljiljana Habjanovich Djurovich. "The Peacock Feather" can be considered a modern addendum to the gnostic gospel.
However, the author/prophet displays her affection and glorification of the Proto-Slavs with statements such as:
"They [the Slavs] conquered foreign territories and lost everything on them. Divided into many tribes they scattered all over Europe like a broken necklace. They mixed their blood and language with other peoples. They learned to lie and to hate, and to be treacherous."
Still the mythical idealization of the author's ancestors is a minor element in "The Peacock Feather", much more dominant is the weaving together of the Bible, Greek, Egyptian, Hindu, Slavic and Persian myths and symbolism. The thread throughout the six stories is woman herself and the eye that looks upon the reader from the peacock feather. At the same time it is a call against dogmatism; on the last page Mary says:
"My son wanted people to understand God better. And he wanted to teach them that God was not addressed or served by merely sticking to the strict rules, but by true love."
Published by: Narodna Knjiga, Belgrade 2000
On the topic of Peacocks it is interesting to note that the central figure in the Yezidis' faith is Melek-Taus, the peacock angel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melek_Taus)