Longing for Darkness: Tara and the Black Madonna

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With this book, China Galland brought increased attention to the spiritual traditions of the Black Madonna and other cross-cultural expressions of the feminine divine. The popularity of recent works by authors like Sue Monk Kidd and Kathleen Norris have only increased readers’ fascination. Now with a new introduction by the author, Longing for Darkness explores Galland’s spellbinding and deeply personal journey from New Mexico ...

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Overview

Read China Galland's posts on the Penguin Blog

With this book, China Galland brought increased attention to the spiritual traditions of the Black Madonna and other cross-cultural expressions of the feminine divine. The popularity of recent works by authors like Sue Monk Kidd and Kathleen Norris have only increased readers’ fascination. Now with a new introduction by the author, Longing for Darkness explores Galland’s spellbinding and deeply personal journey from New Mexico through Nepal, India, Switzerland, France, the former Yugoslavia, and Poland—places where such figures as Tara, the female Buddha of the Tibetan tradition, and the Black Madonna are venerated today.

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The heartfelt account of a search for the feminine face of God . . . vivid, vulnerable, and courageous. (The New York Times Book Review)

Longing for Darkness became my companion as I traveled to see the Black Madonna in Einsiedeln, Switzerland. . . . It was a particular joy for me to read, not only because of the deeply moving journey described in its pages, but because of its passionate exploration of the Black Madonna. I love this book! (Sue Monk Kidd)

The New York Times Book Review
The heartfelt account of a search for the feminine face of God ... vivid, vulnerable, and courageous.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Galland's fascination with Tara, the female Buddha of Tibetan tradition, and Kali, the black Hindu goddess, led her from India to Switzerland and Poland on a search for other black images of divinity. ``Blending travelogue, free-floating meditation, autobiography and adventure, her intensely personal narrative is a disquieting spiritual odyssey,'' said PW. Photos. Sept.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140195668
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/5/2007
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 802,635
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 7.89 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

China Galland is the award-winning author of Longing for Darkness: Tara and the Black Madonna. This highly praised nonfiction work on finding the feminine face of God was called "vivid, vulnerable, and courageous" by The New York Times, "exhilarating" by the San Francisco Chronicle, and a "fascinating journey" by Isabel Allende.

Ms. Galland has been research associate at the Graduate Theological Unions' Center for Women and Religion in Berkeley and is the founder and director of the Images of Divinity Research Project. She has been a popular Bay Area writing teacher, co-director of the Women and Girls Jail project, "Free Spirits," and lectures widely on the topic of the divine feminine.

She received a Hedgebrook Writers Invitational Residency and has won awards for her writing from the California Arts Council. Galland is a professor in residence at the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She lectures, teaches, and leads retreats nationally and internationally on religion, race, and reconciliation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    One Woman's Remarkable Journey to the Dark Goddess

    This is one of those powerful books that I recommend to every woman I know. China Galland's journey is our own journey...the specifics may vary, but we women all share an underlying longing for the full expression of our souls. And that includes our Shadow. To find the dark feminine reflected in the divine, validated, accepted, even cherished is a life changing moment. This account of China's incredible search was riveting, moving and inspirational. She is a brave and wonderful heroine, daring to adventure to long remote places in order to seek the Dark Goddess...What she finds is profound, and deeply stirring. I've read this book twice ;-)

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  • Posted December 23, 2012

    finding the good and beautiful

    This is a moving, well written story among some of the world's greatest living goddess traditions. Rather than looking into the past for goddesses to admire, Galland looks to divine women of Christianity and Buddhism. And though it may be surprising to some, these are powerful, inspiring, popular religions. Galland finds the age of the goddess alive and well. She takes these traditions as she finds them. Many devotees take their goddesses as supernatural beings, made of a spiritual substance, and able to respond to prayers. Others see the divine women as historical, literary, or psychological realities. Galland does not tell you what to think, she just appreciates what's good and beautiful.

    --author A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization

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