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Term: Matrifocal

DEFINITION:
A term used to indicate ancient societies that focused primarily upon goddess worship. In matrifocal society the iconography of goddess images and symbols are more abundant that those related to the worship of a god. Matrifocal differs from matriarchal in several ways. For example, in a matrifocal society, family lineage may or may not be traced through the female line. In a matriarchal society, by contrast, it would be uncommon for lineage not to be traced through the women. Matrifocal societies also do not necessarily discriminate against men concerning their involvement in religious rites, tribal positions, and general status within the clan.
SOURCE:  Encyclopedia of Wicca & Witchcraft, by Raven Grimassi
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