When God Was a Woman

When God Was a Woman

by Merlin Stone

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Here, archaeologically documented,is the story of the religion of the Goddess. Under her, women’s roles were far more prominent than in patriarchal Judeo-Christian cultures. Stone describes this ancient system and, with its disintegration, the decline in women’s status. Index; maps and illustrations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780156961585
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/04/1978
Series: Harvest Book Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 115,366
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Merlin Stone, a teacher of art and art history as well as a widely exhibited sculptor, became interested in archaeology and ancient religion through her art. She has produced pieces on the Goddess for both radio and the stage, and conceived and organized Goddess festivals in both New York and Toronto.

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When God Was a Woman 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Scarlet_Siren More than 1 year ago
I still need to do more research to make sure all of the information in this book is correct but it is a great book for women to read. My whole life I have been told the men have always ruled and have always been considered as being greater then women. I have also always heard that biologically women desire to have children and to nest. These views have never set well with me, but the insights of this book raise questions about what and why we believe the things we do and how that effects us all in our development.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book changed some of my opinions, and started a flame that I have not been able to put out. I have always doubted the exact truths that have been told to us through generations, but now through science and archaeological discoveries the truth is finally coming out, and because of this book I have begun an extensive research on various religions as a whole. I would like to thank the auth. for all her time and perspiration that was put into her book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book pointing out connections between different religions. Exposing attributes of patriarhcal Western religions this book gives the reader a new perspective on history. Much is speculative, but I must say that I haven't found much solid research elsewhere that has been done on much of the topic covered. It is good to read this with a critical eye for speculation, but this book changed how I viewed religion, society and the world at large.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For about two weeks after reading this book I would just have to stop and shake my head, realizing how our 'secular' society is still shaped by the religious myths from thousands of years ago. Anyone who reads it with an open mind will never view religion in the same way. The chapter on the story of Adam and Eve is my favorite! This would be a great book for a discussion group.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved reading this book, it was empowering, insightful and very revealing. I am grateful that Merlin did what she did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down and when I did could not stop thinking about it. Makes you take a good hard look at everything you ever beleived to be true. A bit technical, but gave you the option of researching the material yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a feminist and I don't need to read a book like this to know how I feel about some or most men. I don't hate men because I am married to one and I do empathize with women, like myself, who do not believe in patriarchy as a ruling entity in our society. Women have suffered throughout the centuries largely due to patriarchal attitudes, mainstream religion being largely responsible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book ever! It is extremely eye-opening and has truly influenced my life and my awareness as a woman. I recommend it to any woman as it is an extremely empowering book. And to any man who wants to know how different society could be were it not for certain organized religions and their patriarchal attitudes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will change the way you look at history and, perhaps, the way you perceive organized religions. Readers will learn about the bloody battles of biblical times and the effect on the standing of women both then and now. This book will appeal to students of history, religion, and feminism alike. It is easy to read and very thought-provoking. The author allows you to draw your own conclusions and does not write with a heavy hand.
Loptsson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An overly feminist book to say the least, at the beginning and cropping up from time to time, but besides that I did enjoy it to a degree. There are many things which I definitely don't agree with her on and I can say I marked the book up pretty good while reading it. She tries to present goddess worshipping peoples as the pinnacle of achievement and present the Indo-European "invaders" as warmongers and the bringers of patriarchal society. She doesn't show you that these goddess worshippers were just as bloody and savage as the rest of the peoples yet any perusal of history books out there will verify it. She cries quite a bit about woman loosing their status and how the "evil patriarchs" crushed them down. Her thoughts on the origins of the tree from the Garden of Eden where interesting and I think possibly worthy of looking into as well as some of her thoughts on Indo-European religion and how it influenced Judaism and Christianity are very interesting and are worth thinking over, particularly the Levites and their possible origin. I will definitely re-read this book at a later date after going through some history books of the time to see how well it holds up.
kristennicole on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Stone's approach to Goddess worship. The one problem I have with the book is that it provides a lot of information in a short amount of space, and I have a hard time keeping it all straight, especially as I am unfamiliar with many of the places she is describing. Her book, however, is wonderful, and it provides a different look at what people worshiped before the Judeo-Christian God took over.
Serenity More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read if you are a woman, love a woman, know a woman, or live on the same planet as a woman. This book, which was researched for 10 years, brings insight and understanding to what has happened to women and how women came to be the property of men and how we still live under the vestiges of horrific oppression.
GReynolds More than 1 year ago
I read this when it first came out and it spurred me into 46 years of researching the various religions, archeology, and very ancient history. I'm nearly finished rereading it for the second time, still finding that she has been more correct than not. It's an interesting, informative read for anyone, but it must be read from the first page to the last before a reader forms an opinion. One does not have to be a feminist, only curious and with an open mind. Understanding the past helps us make a better future.
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Sarah-Sophia More than 1 year ago
I liked the part about the biography of "Eve," but I don't think there matriarchy before patriarchy. The Myth of Matriarchy Prehistory by Cynthia Eller is both of feminist and archaeological dispute of the idea.
Barbara-Lima More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on April 15th. I didn't expect it until May 15th to 28th. Got it today, April 24!! Way before than expected! The book is in perfect condition, looks like absolutely new!!! Going to read it right now! Thanks a lot! Bárbara. Lima- Perú.
nightowl More than 1 year ago
It started out a little slow, but quickly became interesting after the first section. An especially good read for anyone struggling with the gender inequities in most of the major religions (particularly the "Big Three" - Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book years ago and it continues to influence my ponderings of life. It ranks second only to Joseph Campbell's Power of Myth on my list of required reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Merlin Stone's work is unreferenced and illogically derivative. Her assertions fail to cite knowledge from her bibliography, (also incomplete) e.g., she fails to recognize the iconology and mythos regarding serpents, the Sumerian origins of The Fall. The latter is remarkable since this work was originally focused on the Adam and Eve myth and titled THE PARADISE PAPERS.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was an interesting book. y would god be a girl; men rule. they should rule the world. Lol. it was very interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yeah. When i read this book. I found amusing that a feminist can hate the male species so much they'd try to prove a female's superority...