The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image

The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image

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by Jules Cashford, Anne Baring
     
 

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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.

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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.

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140192926
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1993
Series:
Compass Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
800
Sales rank:
339,231
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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

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The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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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.