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On my journey I learnt about my nature, changed gender-roles, brought up children, survived male violence, wrote articles and books with the Aborigines among whom I lived and worked — as well as producing films shown on Australian, American and British television ...
On my journey I learnt about my nature, changed gender-roles, brought up children, survived male violence, wrote articles and books with the Aborigines among whom I lived and worked — as well as producing films shown on Australian, American and British television and testified to the US Congress on Blood Diamonds. During that time I did not speak publicly of my own unusual path for I wished to protect my children from being teased. But the children grew up, and into my life came a critical illness. I had no time to lose. I returned to what was most sacred to me.
In this book I use my gender-journey as a metaphor for our society’s journey out of patriarchy. I thus weave in many stories of gender and sexuality from Australian Aboriginal and other ancient cultures, of magic and menstruation, circumcision, and childhood gender-typing, on how martyrdom became a route to heaven, of the suppression of the Gnostics and the Beguine women, on the witch-hunts, European shamanism, meditation and mysticism, child-welcoming and Wiccan initiation rituals, the Final Rites – and much else. I hope you will find this a rich and rewarding book.
Posted January 23, 2004
Janine Farrell-Roberts¿ blend of stranger-than-fiction autobiography and scholarship covers a remarkably diverse life ranging from Catholic priesthood to pagan priestess via investigative journalism, fatherhood and gender change. She has obviously fought long and hard to understand the depths of her body and soul and puts her incredible journey into context by drawing on spiritual philosophy, science and history. Passionate and committed, her book challenged and touched me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.