Goddesses Who Rule

Overview


Goddesses often are labeled as one-dimensional forces of nature or fertility. In examining a number of goddesses whose primary role is sovereignty, this volume reveals the rich diversity of goddess traditions. Drawn from a variety of cultural and historical settings, the goddesses described here include Inanna of ancient Sumer, Oshun of Nigeria, and Cihuacoatl of pre-historical America.
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Overview


Goddesses often are labeled as one-dimensional forces of nature or fertility. In examining a number of goddesses whose primary role is sovereignty, this volume reveals the rich diversity of goddess traditions. Drawn from a variety of cultural and historical settings, the goddesses described here include Inanna of ancient Sumer, Oshun of Nigeria, and Cihuacoatl of pre-historical America.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195121308
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction 3
Pt. I Love and War: Foundations of Sovereignty
1 Aphrodite, Ancestor of Kings 17
2 How the Fearsome Fish-Eyed Queen Minatci Became a Perfectly Ordinary Goddess 33
3 More Than Earth: Cihuacoatl as Female Warrior, Male Matron, and Inside Ruler 51
4 Inanna: The Star Who Became Queen 69
Pt. II Power Bestowed/Power Withdrawn: The Goddess who Gives and Takes Back Sovereign Power
5 Celtic Goddesses of Sovereignty 85
6 Sovereignty and the Great Goddess of Japan 101
7 Yoruba Goddesses and Sovereignty in Southwestern Nigeria 11912
8 Sri-Laksmi: Majesty of the Hindu King 13311
Pt. III Traditions in Collison: Political Change and Perspectives on Sovereignty12
9 Transformations of Wen Cheng Kongjo: The Tang Princess, Tibetan Queen, and Buddhist Goddess Tara 14912
10 Becoming the Empress of Heaven: The Life and Bureaucratic Career of Mazu 16512
11 King Arthur and Morgan le Fay 18111
Pt. IV Transcendence For All: The Democratization of Sovereignty12
12 The Goddess, the Emperor, and the Adept: The Queen Mother of the West as Bestower of Legitimacy and Immortality 19712
13 Goddesses and Sovereignty in Ancient Egypt 21512
14 Queen Mary and Medieval Christendom 23301
Reflections 249
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