The word ignorance can be looked at as ignor(e)-ance. When something is ignored it will gradually lose any vitality it once had, at first becoming invisible and then finally lost. If memory is not passed in some coherent way, then that which is not remembered no longer exists, and it can then be said that it never existed.
The rich symbolical, pictorial, etymological and architectural language of the ‘devi’ has been subsumed under the gaze of a mother or consort goddess. In actuality the traces point to a highly intricate and complex metalanguage which apears to have existed cross culturally in many different civilisations. The excavation of the earlier feminine cosmologies is a painstaking task. It is a process where one gleans out symbols, texts, signs, icons, motifs to go back to meanings that emerge from the internal coherence of their own associative semiotics, thereby gradually arriving at a metalanguage of the archetypal
The term Hinduism is in itself a colonial and monotheistic construction. The diverse and complex pluralities of the different polycosmological histories was unified under this term which premised itself on the glorious heritage of the ‘Aryan Civilisation’ of vedic brahmanism and its accompanying caste formations - cosmologically this implies a recreation of Hinduism only from the perspective of the male pantheon - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiv. The female deities within this cosmological paradigm are subordinate and exist as mere appendages and consorts to their male lords. Their autonomy safely ignored and rendered as a blank absence. The same logic operates in the other isms – be it Buddhism, Jainism.