The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image

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"An indispensable source work for anyone interested in this very important development of religious ideas."—Marija Gimbutas. Ranges from the Paleolithic Age to the present-day Gaia Hypothesis.

This encyclopedic and easily comprehended work, whose range extends from the Paleolithic Age to the present-day Gaia Hypothesis, is a grand synthesis of art, mythology, literature, and psychology. "A wonderfully readable synthesis . . . packed with riveting illustrations."--Publishers Weekly.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The authors of this ground-breaking, rich, ambitious work attempt to trace the evolution of consciousness by following humanity's changing attitudes toward female deities, from the Paleolithic mother goddess enshrined in figurines to Inanna of Sumer, Isis of Egypt, Aphrodite of Greece, and beyond. Baring, a London-based Jungian analyst, and Cashford, who writes on mythology, regard the formal disappearance of goddess myths as a pivotal event signaling the devaluation of the feminine and the opposition of feeling to thinking. They interpret the Virgin Mary as the unrecognized mother goddess of Christianity, identify hidden images of the goddess in the Old Testament and demonstrate that a Hebrew goddess existed in various forms such as the Shekhinah, founder of the world in Kabbalism. A wonderfully readable synthesis, this monumental study is packed wth scores of riveting illustrations. It will serve as a sourcebook for students of myth, feminists and those seeking to balance and integrate masculine and feminine components of their psyche. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140192926
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Series: Compass Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 701,773
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Jules Cashford writes and lectures on mythology and is the author of The Myth of the Goddess.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Mother Goddess and Her Son-Lover
1 In the Beginning: The Palaeolithic Mother Goddess 3
2 The Neolithic Great Goddess of Sky, Earth and Waters 46
3 Crete: The Goddess of Life, Death and Regeneration 106
4 The Bronze Age: The Mother Goddess and Her Son-Lover 145
5 Inanna-Ishtar: Mesopotamian Goddess of the Great Above and the Great Below 175
6 Isis of Egypt: Queen of Heaven, Earth and Underworld 225
7 Tiamat of Babylon: The Defeat of the Goddess 273
8 Goddesses of Greece: Gaia, Hera, Artemis and Athena 299
Pt. II The Sacred Marriage
9 Goddesses of Greece: Aphrodite, Demeter and Persephone 349
10 Cybele: Great Goddess of Anatolia and Rome 391
11 The Iron Age: The Great Father God Yahweh-Elohim 416
12 The Hidden Goddess in the Old Testament 447
13 Eve: The Mother of All Living 486
14 Mary: The Return of the Goddess 547
15 Sophia: Mother, Daughter and Bride 609
16 The Sacred Marriage of Goddess and God: The Reunion of Nature and Spirit 659
Appendix 1: Prehistoric Times 683
Appendix 2: The Christian Gospels 685
Notes and References 689
Select Bibliography 725
Acknowledgements 737
Picture Sources 743
Index 753
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2001

    Scholarly and interesting

    Baring and Cashford's The Myth of the Goddess is one of those very rare scholarly works that are interesing as well as informative. The authors' grasp of their subject and their confidence in its presentation allow us to enjoy an inspired analysis of the evolution of the archetypal Great Goddess and her manifestations in the various religious traditions of history. Our culture is in danger as a result of its long neglect of the feminine principle. Baring and Cashford are making steps toward rectification of this neglect. They write, not with anger and self-pity, but with the assurance, confidence and faith that are the fundamental blessings of that feminine principle.

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