Statues of Liberty and the Goddess of Freedom

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  1. The first version of the “Statue of Liberty” by sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, (freemason) was erected in Paris 1870 in the Jardin du Luxembourg.  Statue of Liberty ParisBefore beginning the Statue of Liberty project, Bartholdi was seeking a commission to construct a giant statue of the goddess “Isis,” the Egyptian Queen of Heaven, to overlook the Suez canal. The statue of Isis was to be of “a robed woman holding aloft a torch”,  with rays of light emanating in seven directions from her head. The spikes are sun rays and the circle is “simply a halo or what in art is called a nimbus, showing she is divine.” The number seven is a highly symbolic number, and it’s symbolism can’t be confined to just one interpretation. So is the interpretation people have given to the lady of the statue: Juno-wife of Zeus; Babylonian Ishtar, Imperial Rome’s Libertas. And she looks like Queen of Babylon Semiramis who was worshiped as the “mother of god” and a “fertility goddess”, see

France asked engineer Eiffel to construct a iron grid to build a huge one for New York as a present for their 100th birthday of the “declaration of independence” of the USA in 1776.

Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 10.45.56Later Paris did erect a copy on the Ile aux Cynges in 1885. And in 1915 a copy was erected by the water board in Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer in the south of France, see photo.




2. Statue of Lady Liberty constructed by the students demonstration in Beijing on t. square in 1989. The last one is a bronze replica of that, “The Lady of Democracy” erected in Taiwan.

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3. Statue constructed by the Lithuanian Reform Movement Sajudis in Kaunas in 1988 – 199o demonstrations to become independent of the USSR, here depicted on a poster and a shawl of the Sajudis members.

Liberty Ladies

4. Image I designed for the Arab Spring, which started in Tunis and then spread to Egypt and other countries.

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5. Statue erected from pieces of wood in Hong Kong during the Umbrella Movement demonstrations. It was meant to show a demonstrator shielding a policeman from the rain. So it showed EMPATHY.

Later a redesigned version to commemorate that Umbrella Movement demonstration – with only a few demands (for democratic right of elections)- was erected in Toronto (?).

6. Recently I ran into an exhibit of a young artist lady, Ilse ten Broeke, who showed “The Crown of Freedom“, which I did buy. Yes it has 7 rays of light which emanate from the crown and head of the lady who will wear it, giving her energy no doubt!


Latest News Easter Day April 21, 2019 :  I have decided to award this Crown to Lady CAROLE CADWALLADR journalist from Wales, for her unrelenting and successfull efforts to find and publish about what was done to manipulate the minds of the general public with the help of social media and marketing tools in the hands of malicious men and women. Watch her expressing this brave effort in her recent Ted Talk:

Crown: By Ilse ten Broeke, Maskarada – Masks & More (photo: Dageraad fotografie)

7 What may be next: “Occupy The Planet” revolt against wars, oppression and killing of the new colonizing empires ??

I was thinking about awarding an annual prize for a lady who helped to protect and promote “Freedom” with the help of Internet and inspired others to do the same. Like for example in Iran; Myanmar; Turkey; Spain;  the Occupy demonstrations in the USA; and in Mexico and Greece. Screen Shot 2015-10-12 at 10.39.59But while these very brave “ladies of liberty” should be respected and honored,  mentioning them and nominating them would endanger their activities and their life.    Maybe thinking about them as “liberty goddesses” when you see them may help. We owe them respect and support.


Bottom line: the Liberty Statues nowadays symbolize FREEDOM FROM OPPRESSION TO THE MASSES  (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde), on our way to the coming Second Enlightenment.


What have all the statues and the crown have in common? They signify an inspiring “Belief System” (#beliefsystem) as explained by the brilliant TedTalk of Simon Sinek about the WHY which is driving people to collaborate. An example he gave was the 1984 Apple mac introduction video showing this lady of liberty throwing a hammer towards Big Brother:

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Jaap van Till, TheConnectivist

With hat tip to TheBurningHeart, author of the blog Kone, Krusos, Kronos , who helped me find the multiple meanings of the original statue.

((updated: April 21, 2019))

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3 Responses to Statues of Liberty and the Goddess of Freedom

  1. G. Gomersbach says:

    Wow, ben je met de dag activistischer of was je dat altijd al, Jaap? Ik ken je nog niet zo lang en eigenlijk amper :+)

    Mooi beeld van de connected ladies of liberty!:+)

    hartegroet, Giovanna

    Giovanna Gomersbach

    *Auteur van “De Schoonheid van Water, goud van de toekomst​”.* *Het Geschenk van 2015…*

    *​Wil je een ​p​review​ ontvangen? ​*

    Of intekenen voor het drukwerk?

    Je lezerservaring delen?

    • broodjejaap says:

      Internet connectivity is geen neutraal goedje. Het veranderd machtsstructuren. Het kan bevrijden maar ook als onderdrukking gebruikt worden. Al sinds 1970 is dat te zien of je moet wel blind zijn.

  2. Pingback: The Crown of Freedom, Celebration of Life and Light | The Connectivist

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