Mother Worship: Theme and Variations

Mother Worship: Theme and Variations

by James J. Preston (Editor)


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Mother Worship: Theme and Variations by James J. Preston

The authors identify the general symbol of the "Mother Goddess" as a common sanctified image, and they demonstrate some of the cultural variations in form or function of the symbol in specific sociocultural settings. Although the subject is approached from a wide variety of perspectives, the authors concur that female deities are not mere projections of sociocultural conditions on an ideological screen; divine mother images represent something of the nurturant and sometimes destructive dimension of the cosmic order.

Originally published in 1983.

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ISBN-13: 9780807841143
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 11/10/1983
Series: Studies in Religion
Edition description: 1
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Preston presents new material on, and new interpretations of, a subject of perpetual interest.—Barbara Myerhoff, University of Southern California

An absorbing topic in contemporary religion study. . . . Preston and his colleagues have moved investigations of goddess worship toward levels of greater maturity.—Choice

Reveal[s] the tremendous variety of religious forms to be found. . . . Its usefulness will by no means be limited to the religious forms or geographical areas mentioned.—Library Journal

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