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1st Edition, Fine/Fine- DJ rear cover slightly rubbed, o.w. clean, tight & bright. No ink names, tears, chips, foxing etc. SIGNED, INSCRIBED & dated by Author(Leeming) on ... Half Title Page. ISBN 0195086392 Price unclipped. Read more Show Less

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An old woman lives still among the broken slopes of the mountains in the land of the Tarahumara Indians. No one knows exactly where. She is sometimes seen standing along the highway near El Paso, hauling wood near Oaxaca, or even hitching a ride on a semi rig. She is the bone woman, the gatherer, La Loba. She collects bones, especially those of wolves. When she has collected enough bones to make a whole wolf, she sings over the skeleton, and it begins to grow flesh and fur. She sings some more and the wolf becomes strong; then it breathes. La Loba keeps singing and soon the wolf leaps up and runs off while the desert world trembles. And when a ray of the sun, or the moon, strikes it at just the right time and place, it turns into a woman, a laughing woman, who you may see running toward the horizon.

In La Loba's cycle of death and rebirth and her metamorphosis from crone to life-giving mother to laughing maiden, we catch just one glimpse of the timeless allure and mystery of the Goddess. From the fertile earth mothers of the ancient world to the modern revival of interest in Wicca, or witchcraft, images and tales of the Female Divine have flourished and waned, intimidated, comforted, and inspired women and men from time immemorial. In Goddess, authors David Leeming and Jake Page gather some 75 of the most potent and meaningful of these tales in an extraordinarily rich and readable introduction of this divine figure as she has emerged from prehistory to the present.

Told as a biography, we follow Goddess from her first Ice Age appearances as the all-encompassing, all-giving, and all-taking Earth, to her re-emergence as a powerful force in the myths of modern religion, psychology, and science. In tales of the Changing Woman of the Navajos and of Hera, Pandora, Eve, and Lilith, we see her traduced and sublimated by rising, and then, dominant, patriarchical cultures and civilizations, but never totally suppressed. In familiar and unfamiliar myths, Goddess comes alive, pulsing with her own energy, irrepressible behind her many cultural masks. She can be the Universe itself, the source of all being, the holy Virgin, the Earth-Mother nurturer, the madly hysterical destroyer, the femme fatale, or the consort or mother of God. She is presented here not as myth, but as a true archetype, a potential being who exists in all of us, a force who long preceded her male counterpart as an appropriate metaphor for the Great Mystery of existence.

As compelling as any novel, Goddess is also a journey into the human heart. Observing Goddess over the centuries--worshipped, belittled, denied, rediscovered--we gain new insight into the changing role of women, our continuing development as a species, and our deepest concerns about ourselves, our world, and the human destiny.

The authors gather some 75 of the most potent and meaningful tales of the Female Divine in an extraordinarily rich and readable introduction of this figure. Told as a biography, this work follows Goddess from her first Ice Age appearance to her re-emergence as a powerful force in the myths of modern religion and psychology. 18 illustrations.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195086393
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 6.45 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Authors:

David Leeming is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. His books include The World of Myth, Flights: Readings in Magic, Mysticism, Fantasy, and Myth, Mythology: The Voyage of the Hero, and James Baldwin: A Biography. Jake Page is a science writer, essayist and novelist, whose books include Hopi, with his wife Susanne, and The Stolen Gods.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
I The Birth of the Archetype: Earth Goddess 7
She 11
Okanaga Earth Woman 12
Kunapipi 13
Nut 14
Sun Woman 15
Devi-Shakti 16
II The Flowering of the Archetype: Great Mother 19
Nunkwi 20
Kali 24
Oya 25
Pele 26
Tlillan 27
Spider Woman 29
Thinking Woman 31
Astarte 32
Romi Kumu 33
Coadidop 34
Kagaba Mother 35
White Buffalo Woman 36
Ala 38
Coatlicue 41
Hathor 43
Ua Zit and Maat 45
Danu 46
III The Male and the Archetype: Fertility Goddess 51
Mawu 51
Eurynome 53
Amaterasu 54
Cherokee Sun 57
Inanna 62
Demeter and Persephone 68
Sati 71
Rabie 72
Hainuwele 74
Corn Mother 75
Isis 78
Cybele 82
IV The Undermining of the Archetype: Goddess Abused 87
Parvati 91
Changing Woman 93
Izanami 96
Mboze and Bunzi 97
Hera (I) 98
Rhea 99
Hera (II) 100
Tiamat 103
Ganga 105
Ishtar 106
Asherah 110
Lilith 112
Eve 114
Pandora 116
Medusa 118
Chimera 119
Circe 121
Penelope 122
Vritra and Danu 124
Vagina Girls 126
Kuan Yin 127
V The Sublimation of the Archetype: Goddess Disguised 133
Athena 135
Artemis 138
Aphrodite 140
Durga 142
Anat 144
Maeve 145
Rhiannon 146
Freyja 148
Frigg 150
Hecate 152
Bridget 153
Mary 154
Maya 156
VI The Return of the Archetype: Goddess Revived 161
Virgin of Guadalupe 163
Draupadi 166
Wicca 169
Sophia 172
La Loba 173
Gaia Hypothesis 175
Selected Bibliography 179
Index 185
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