Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D. is scholar, activist, and advocate of Magoism, anciently originated tradition that venerates Mago as the Great Goddess. She earned her MA and Ph.D. in Religion with emphasis on Feminist Studies from Claremont Graduate University, CA. She also studied toward an MA degree in East Asian Studies at UCLA, CA. Hwang has taught for universities in California and Missouri, U.S.A. Since 2012, Dr, Hwang has founded, directed, co-edited, written for the Return to Mago E-Magazine (http://magoism.net), Mago Academy (http://magoacademy.org), and Mago Books (http://magobook.com) and co-founded and directed Gynapedia, free online gynocentric encyclopedia, and Mago Pool Circle, Gift-Sharing Hub.
She has co-edited and published She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 1 (Mago Books, 2015) and She Rises: How Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 2 (Mago Books, 2016). Also authored The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia (Mago Books, 2016) and 2017 Mago Work Calendar (Mago Books, 2016).
Forthcoming edited and authored books include Mago Almanac: 13 Month, 28 Day Calendar (Book A), Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess, Goddesses in Myth, History, and Culture, The Mago Way Volume 2 (all info available at Mago Books).
She is the co-founder of Mago Pool Circle, a social network among feminists, activists, and Goddessians.
Dr. Hwang leads Mago Pilgrimage to Korea annually and gives lectures internationally. Hwang advocates peace and connection of all beings as WE in S/HE through the Primordial Knowing, the consciousness of Mago (the Great Goddess). She also facilitates an ongoing cross-cultural discussion group on Facebook named The Mago Circle (https://www.facebook.com/groups/magoism/).
Prior to returning to her graduate studies, Hwang, among other publications, translated and published Mary Daly’s first two books, Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation (Seoul: Ewha Woman’s University Press, 1996) and The Church and the Second Sex (Seoul: Women’s Newspaper Press, 1997), into Korean. That was after she worked and lived as a member of Maryknoll Sisters, U.S.-based Catholic overseas missionary organization, in Korea, U.S. and the Philippines. She is an artist, poet, teacher, and philosopher by birth and training.
Dr. Hwang’s books and essays are available:
Return to Mago E*Magazine
Mago Academy (below ebooks free for the public)
The Mago Way, Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia.
2017 Mago Work Calendar.
Go to Upon Inaugurating Mago Academy.
- (Pilgrimage Report 1) The First 2013 Mago Pilgrimage to Korea
[Author’s note: First Mago Pilgrimage to Korea took place in June 6-19, 2013. We visited Ganghwa Island, Seoul, Wonju, Mt. Jiri, Yeong Island (Busan), and Jeju Island.] Part 1 Magoist […]
- (2015 Mago Pilgrimage Essay 2) Neuk-do (Serpent Island)
I wanted to go to Neuk-do because of the Mago story told in the region. Its name Neuk-do, which means the Serpent Island (구렁이섬), whispers a deep memory of the […]
- (Pilgrimage Report 2) The First 2013 Mago Pilgrimage to Korea
[Author’s note: The first Mago Pilgrimage to Korea took place June 6-19, 2013. We visited Ganghwa Island, Seoul, Wonju, Mt. Jiri, Yeong Island (Busan), and Jeju Island.] Part 2 Traditional […]
- (2015 Mago Pilgrimage Report 1) Triad Shrines in Gangmun
Our visit as well as my lecture in the northeastern coastal region of South Korea was arranged by Ms. Eungyeong Kim. Ms. Kim, lecturer at Gangneung Wonju University, had contacted […]
- (Essay) On the 2015 Virtual Mago Pilgrimage to Korea
A Goddess Pilgrimage is not a one-time event but an ever unfolding process that takes place before, during, and after the actual/virtual travel. Things work in a profound, complex, and […]