Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the Worldby Judy Grahn
"Blood, Bread, and Roses" reclaims women's myths and stories, chronicling the ways in which women's actions and the teaching of myth have interacted over the millenia. Grahn argues that culture has been a weaving between the genders, a sharing of wisdom derived from menstruation. Her rich interpretations of ancient menstrual rites give us a new and hopeful story of culture's beginnings based on the integration of body, mind, and spirit found in women's traditions. "Blood, Bread, and Roses" offers all of us a way back to understanding the true meaning of women's menstraul power.
Foreword by Charlene Spretnak
"[Grahn's] intriguing excursion through folklore, myth, religion, anthropology and history bespeaks a feminist conviction that male origin stories must be balanced by a recognition of women's central role in shaping civilization."
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Judy Grahn, a poet, is author of "Another Mother Tongue," "The Queen of Wands," and "The Queen of Swords," among others.
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Judy Grahn tackles a most taboo subject within most of the world, especially Western culture, and delves into menstruation's history, human interaction with it and reaction to it, and brings to the forefront its importance, which over the centuries has been quashed, ignored, attacked, misunderstood, disregarded, suppressed and vilified. I am very thankful to her for opening my eyes to the mistakes we have made about menstruation and the recognition of its importance as that which did, in fact, 'create the world.'