The Book of the Goddess Past and Present: An Introduction to Her Religion / Edition 1

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This comprehensive text, highly acclaimed as the premier sourcebook on goddesses, introduces students of religion to the various manifestations and complex nature of the goddess. Often a stranger to contemporary devotees of monotheistic religions, the goddess forces the recognition of female power, which can transform deeply held beliefs. The recent renewed interest in goddesses and the rise of feminist scholarship are addressed in this well-chosen collection of essays, written by an international group of scholars. The book elucidates the diverse religious cultures and periods of history in which goddesses have played an important role by providing examples of ancient and modern goddesses in Eastern and Western religious traditions, in major world and tribal religions, and in living religions and those no longer practiced.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577662730
  • Publisher: Waveland Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 2002
Preface 1983
Introduction 1
1 The Prehistoric Goddess 7
2 Ishtar and Her Cult 16
3 Isis and Hathor: Two Ancient Egyptian Goddesses 29
4 The Mother Goddess Among the Greeks 49
5 Magna Mater: Great Mother of the Roman Empire 60
6 The Canaanite-Hebrew Goddess 68
7 The Virgin Mary: A Goddess? 80
8 Sophia and the Mother-Father: The Gnostic Goddess 97
9 Kali, the Mad Mother 110
10 Sri Lakshmi and Radha: The Obsequious Wife and The Lustful Lover 124
11 The Untamed Goddesses of Village India 145
12 Kuan-yin: Savior and Savioress in Chinese Pure Land Buddhism 161
13 The Significance of Amaterasu in Japanese Religious History 176
14 Oshun the Dancer 190
15 The Religion of the Goddess in North America 202
16 Hindu Female Deities as a Resource for the Contemporary Rediscovery of the Goddess 217
17 Symbols of Goddess and God in Feminist Theology 231
Suggestions for Further Reading 252
Contributors 260
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