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The Dark Archetype: Exploring the Shadow Side of the Devine based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
THE DARK ARCHETYPE is a fascinating and fun-filled book dealing with a very serious subject. Authors Denise Dumars and Lori Nyx bring a sense of light-hearted humor and warmth to a topic that many of us tend to avoid or ignore -- the 'shadow side of the divine.' Written with a refreshingly conversational tone throughout, THE DARK ARCHETYPE takes you on a tour through many of the darkest characters known to mythology, such as: Anubis, Baba Yaga, The Black Virgin, Coatlicue, Dionysos, The Grim Reaper, Hekate, Hel, Kali, Lilith, Loki, Lucifer, Medusa, Oya, Set, Shiva, Tezcatlipoca, and Volos. I love the way each character is described through stories and thought-provoking questions, and am amazed to begin to feel a sense of closeness and compassion develop for some of these 'bad boys' and girls! I appreciate the warnings which are issued at various points in this book, since the subject matter clearly indicates that protection be firmly in place. THE DARK ARCHETYPES can help you begin to understand your own dark side, and improve your connection with things you may have been avoiding, such as death and transformation.
Can a book about dark gods and goddesses be fun to read and 'dark' at the same time. This one almost does it. In fact for the most part the author pretty much acomplishes that. The dark stuff was a lot lighter than I expected, though I liked the practical and specific rituals part. There is a lot of humor in this book as well as detailed information about the archetypes explored. The book lacks pictures of each god which I missed and some of the writing is a little uneven, but for the most part I highly recommend it.