Sacred Sexuality

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Illustrated in color with images from Japanese pillow books, Asian temple art, and the work of European artists from the Classical, Renaissance, and Romantic periods, this book explores the spiritual origins and practices of sexuality in diverse cultures and eras. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Steeped in the moralistic Judao-Christian tradition, present-day society would view the concept of "sacred sexuality" as an oxymoron; yet history teaches us that in many ancient faiths sexuality was the ultimate sacred act and the central holy sacrament. This book explores the origins and practices of sexuality as an integration of heaven and earth in many world cultures--from Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt to Greece and Roman and various Oriental civilizations, including Tantric Buddhist, Hindu, and Taoist traditions. Examining how attitudes have changed profoundly since the days of the ancient Goddess/fertility rites, the authors explore images of integration between male and female, seeing in them an antidote to the repression and gender divisions that plague our modern society. 7 1/2" x 11". Color illus.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781852306588
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Series: Sacred Arts Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.73 (w) x 10.87 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Ch. 1 In the Beginning 10
Ch. 2 Serpent Goddess 18
Ch. 3 Descent of the Feminine 28
Ch. 4 Mesopotamian Holy Harlot 38
Ch. 5 Egyptian Sexual Mythology 46
Ch. 6 Kundalini Gods and Goddesses 60
Ch. 7 Yin/Yang Sexual Alchemy 80
Ch. 8 Greek Goddesses Underground 94
Ch. 9 The Goddess and the Roman Empire 114
Ch. 10 The Virgin, the Whore and the Demon Queen 130
Ch. 11 The Cauldron of Celtic Regeneration 146
Ch. 12 Fine Medieval Romance 160
Ch. 13 The Alchemical Wedding 170
Ch. 14 Aztec Feathered Serpent Rising 178
Ch. 15 Esoteric Sacred Sexuality 182
Afterword 186
Notes 187
Bibliography 189
Glossary 190
Index 191
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