The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia

The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia

by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang Ph.D.

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The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia by Helen Hye-Sook Hwang Ph.D.

In "The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia," I have shared my personal, scholarly, and spiritual discoveries concerning the Great Goddess known as Mago in East Asia. Comprising eight essays researched, some published, between 2000 and 2015, this book is a crystallization of my feminist intellectual/spiritual/activist endeavor (1) to search for my own East Asian/Korean gynocentric cultural and historical background; (2) to dis-cover the overall features of Magoism, the mytho-historical-thealogical matrix that venerates Mago as the supreme divine; (3) to reinstate the pre- and proto-patriarchal mytho-history of Magoism from the perspective of Old Korea; (4) to assess cross-cultural parallels with worldwide Goddess traditions; and (5) to delineate the metamorphic nature of the Magoist Cosmogony. Due to the complexity of the Magoist Cosmogony, however, Volume 1 can only treat the first part, which is prior to the self-evolution of Mago Stronghold (Earth).

Eliciting the Reality of the whole, the Magoist Cosmogony tells us that HER Beginning is not a thing of the bygone past but the Work of WE/HERE/NOW. The ultimate agent, time, and space are the unified One. It informs us that the natural process of autogenesis takes place as the universe reaches HER sonic equilibrium. All things are self-born through the sonic movement of the universe. Mago too has come into being through the very music of Eight Tones, also known as "the music of the spheres" in the West.

Surviving unbridled by patriarchal censorship over the course of time, the Mago Cosmogony redefines the Holy Text as necessarily gynocentric. It awakens a deep knowing in us. It may be called a vision in that it is about dis-covering truth, to be precise, the gynocentric nature of Reality. The symbol of the Female (S/HE) is not a sex indicator. Encompassing the All, the Female is the Way of the Universe. I intend to use "sex" in place of "gender" in this book. First of all, the context (the Divine Realm of the Great Goddess) is prior to the bifurcation of the sexes. Thus, the notion of gender for "the Female" is irrelevant. Secondly, it is to restore the discussion of "sex" in place of "gender" for feminist discourse. "Sex" is the original factor that precedes and gives rise to the notion of "gender." It is the biological nature of women and men that Magoist Feminism concerns, as it seeks the empowerment of "the female" rather than "the feminine" and the balance between "sexes" rather than "genders" across time and space.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781517371685
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/03/2015
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Helen Hye-Sook Hwang, Ph.D. is a scholar, activist, and advocate of Magoism, the anciently originated tradition that venerates the Great Goddess/Mago. She earned her MA and Ph.D. in Religion with emphasis on Feminist Studies from Claremont Graduate University, CA. She also studied toward an MA degree in East Asian Studies at UCLA, CA. Hwang has taught for universities in California and Missouri, U.S.A. Since 2012, Dr. Hwang has founded, directed, co-edited, and written for the Return to Mago E-Magazine (http://magoism.net), Mago Academy (http://magoacademy.org), and Mago Books(http://magobook.com). She has co-edited and published She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? (Mago Books, 2015). She has also authored The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia (Mago Books, 2015).

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