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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.
|I||The Birth of the Archetype: Earth Goddess||7|
|Okanaga Earth Woman||12|
|II||The Flowering of the Archetype: Great Mother||19|
|White Buffalo Woman||36|
|Ua Zit and Maat||45|
|III||The Male and the Archetype: Fertility Goddess||51|
|Demeter and Persephone||68|
|IV||The Undermining of the Archetype: Goddess Abused||87|
|Mboze and Bunzi||97|
|Vritra and Danu||124|
|V||The Sublimation of the Archetype: Goddess Disguised||133|
|VI||The Return of the Archetype: Goddess Revived||161|
|Virgin of Guadalupe||163|