Hathor Rising: The Power of the Goddess in Ancient Egypt

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•   The first book to seriously examine the feminine aspect of Egyptian religion sheds new light on the important role of the goddess Hathor-Sekhmet.

•   This accessible study sheds much new light on ancient Egypt and provides a powerful new perspective on women's theology.

•   The text is accompanied by nearly 200 striking and unusual illustrations 

Drawing from temple art, myths, rituals, and poetry, Hathor Rising is the first book to seriously examine the feminine ...

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Overview

 
•   The first book to seriously examine the feminine aspect of Egyptian religion sheds new light on the important role of the goddess Hathor-Sekhmet.

•   This accessible study sheds much new light on ancient Egypt and provides a powerful new perspective on women's theology.

•   The text is accompanied by nearly 200 striking and unusual illustrations 

Drawing from temple art, myths, rituals, and poetry, Hathor Rising is the first book to seriously examine the feminine aspect of the complex Egyptian pantheon and to shed new light on the pivotal place held there by the fiery serpent-eyed goddess, Hathor-Sekhmet. The primary importance of this goddess is emphasized by the serpent coiled over the forehead of every pharaoh—the supreme symbol of royal power in ancient Egypt. The erotic vitality and fierce aggression of the goddess, qualities commonly perceived as masculine in nature, gives the reigning Pharaoh the capacity for dynamic leadership. The author explores the symbolism behind this and other manifestations of the goddess in Egyptian cosmology and provides new revelations on the rich tradition of feminine divinity in Egypt. Hathor Rising is the most important study of one of the world's oldest civilizations to appear in years. 

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Magical Blend
"Hathor Rising covers such Egyptian leaders as Queen Nefertiti and the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut intelligently and in detail, shedding new light on old facts."
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"Hathor Rising covers such Egyptian leaders as Queen Nefertiti and the female Pharaoh Hatshepsut intelligently and in detail, shedding new light on old facts."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892816217
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 520,246
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Roberts, Ph.D., studied ancient Egyptian and Akkadian at the University of Oxford. She completed her doctoral thesis "Cult Objects of Hathor" in 1984, and has since written and lectured on ancient Egypt. She lives in England.

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Table of Contents

Dynasties of Ancient Egypt 

Foreword 

Preface
 
1   Introduction 

Part 1: Rhythms of Change
 
2   Prologue:Phases of the Sun
 
3   Lady of the Stars: Journey to Dawn
 
4   Rage and Radiance: The Dawn Gates
 
5   Mediatrix: The Noonday Sun
 
 Hathor Rising: Metamorphosis of a Goddess
 
Part 2: Moon and Sun: Phallic Gods and Solar Transformation
 
7   New Age Religion: The Theban Triad
 
8   Iris and the Bull God: Urge for Renewal
 
9   Light and Sexuality: The Struggle for the Kingdom
 
Part 3: Hatshepsut and Akhenaten: The Trinitarian Revolution
 
10   Hatshepsut: The Temple Builder
 
11   The Challenge to Thebes
 
12   'Beauty is Come': Akhenaten and Nefertiti
 
13   TheCosmic Gaze: A Rapturous Celebration
 
Epilogue: The Return to Memphis
 
Notes and Short Bibliography 

Sources of the Illustrations
 
Index 

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