The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe

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The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe

The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe

Myths and Cult Images

  • Author: Marija Gimbutas
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520253988
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 304
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"A magnificent study."—Joseph Campbell "This splendidly illustrated book brings together an archeological documentation hardly to be found elsewhere."—Mircea Eliade

Goddesses Who Rule

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Goddesses Who Rule

Goddesses Who Rule

  • Author: Elisabeth Benard,Beverly Moon
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0195352947
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 272
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Goddesses often are labeled as one-dimensional forces of nature or fertility. In examining a number of goddesses whose primary role is sovereignty, this volume reveals the rich diversity of goddess traditions. Drawn from a variety of cultural and historical settings, the goddesses described here include Inanna of ancient Sumer, Oshun of Nigeria, and Cihuacoatl of pre-historical America.

Goddesses in Art

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Goddesses in Art

Goddesses in Art

  • Author: F. Lanier Graham
  • Publisher: Artabras Publishers
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 144
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An extraordinary range of images, from prehistory to the 1990s, represents female deities of all types and temperaments from a worldwide array of cultures. "Goddesses in Art" offers an abundance of images of the goddess as the ultimate creator and destroyer of life, as fertility figure, and as ruler of love and war. 170 illustrations, 165 in full color.

Hindu Goddesses

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Hindu Goddesses

Hindu Goddesses

Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition

  • Author: David Kinsley
  • Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
  • ISBN: 9788120803947
  • Category: Goddesses, Hindu
  • Page: 281
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Hindu Goddesses is a valuable sourcebook and reference work for students and scholars of Hindu goddesses and of Hinduism in general. Each goddess is dealt with as an independent deity with a coherent mythology, theology and, in some cases, cult of her own. Within the complex, diverse, and rich goddess traditions of Hinduism, one can find suggestions of nearly every important theme in the Hindu religion. In many ways, this book is as much a study of the Hindu tradition itself as it is a study of one aspect of that tradition. No other living religious tradition has displayed such an ancient, continuous, and diverse history of goddess worship.

God and the Goddesses

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God and the Goddesses

God and the Goddesses

Vision, Poetry, and Belief in the Middle Ages

  • Author: Barbara Newman
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • ISBN: 9780812202915
  • Category: History
  • Page: 464
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Contrary to popular belief, the medieval religious imagination did not restrict itself to masculine images of God but envisaged the divine in multiple forms. In fact, the God of medieval Christendom was the Father of only one Son but many daughters—including Lady Philosophy, Lady Love, Dame Nature, and Eternal Wisdom. God and the Goddesses is a study in medieval imaginative theology, examining the numerous daughters of God who appear in allegorical poems, theological fictions, and the visions of holy women. We have tended to understand these deities as mere personifications and poetic figures, but that, Barbara Newman contends, is a mistake. These goddesses are neither pagan survivals nor versions of the Great Goddess constructed in archetypal psychology, but distinctive creations of the Christian imagination. As emanations of the Divine, mediators between God and the cosmos, embodied universals, and ravishing objects of identification and desire, medieval goddesses transformed and deepened Christendom's concept of God, introducing religious possibilities beyond the ambit of scholastic theology and bringing them to vibrant imaginative life. Building a bridge between secular and religious conceptions of allegorized female power, Newman advances such questions as whether medieval writers believed in their goddesses and, if so, in what manner. She investigates whether the personifications encountered in poetic fictions can be distinguished from those that appear in religious visions and questions how medieval writers reconcile their statements about the multiple daughters of God with orthodox devotion to the Son of God. Furthermore, she examines why forms of feminine God-talk that strike many Christians today as subversive or heretical did not threaten medieval churchmen. Weaving together such disparate texts as the writings of Latin and vernacular poets, medieval schoolmen, liturgists, and male and female mystics and visionaries, God and the Goddesses is a direct challenge to modern theologians to reconsider the role of goddesses in the Christian tradition.

Encyclopaedia of Hindu Gods and Goddesses

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Encyclopaedia of Hindu Gods and Goddesses

Encyclopaedia of Hindu Gods and Goddesses

  • Author: Suresh Chandra
  • Publisher: Sarup & Sons
  • ISBN: 9788176250399
  • Category: Goddesses, Hindu
  • Page: 376
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Egyptian Mythology

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Egyptian Mythology

Egyptian Mythology

A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt

  • Author: Geraldine Pinch
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN: 0195170245
  • Category: History
  • Page: 257
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From stories of resurrected mummies and thousand-year-old curses to powerful pharaohs and the coveted treasures of the Great Pyramids, ancient Egypt has had an unfaltering grip on the modern imagination. Now, in Egyptian Mythology, Geraldine Pinch offers a comprehensive introduction that untangles the mystery of Egyptian Myth. Spanning Ancient Egyptian culture--from 3200 BC to AD 400--Pinch opens a door to this hidden world and casts light on its often misunderstood belief system. She discusses the nature of myths and the history of Egypt, from the predynastic to the postpharaonic period. She explains how Egyptian culture developed around the flooding of the Nile, or the "inundation," a phenomenon on which the whole welfare of the country depended, and how aspects of the inundation were personified as deities. She explains that the usually cloudless skies made for a preoccupation with the stars and planets. Indeed, much early Egyptian mythology may have developed to explain the movement of these celestial bodies. She provides a timeline covering the seven stages in the mythical history of Egypt and outlining the major events of each stage, such as the reign of the sun God. A substantial A to Z section covers the principal themes and concepts of Egyptian mythology as well as the most important deities, demons, and other characters. For anyone who wants to know about Anubis, the terrifying canine god who presided over the mummification of bodies and guarded burials, or Hathor, the golden goddess who helped women to give birth and the dead to be reborn, or an explanation of the nun, the primeval ocean from which all life came, Egyptian Mythology is the place to look.

Gods and Goddesses in the Garden

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Gods and Goddesses in the Garden

Gods and Goddesses in the Garden

Greco-Roman Mythology and the Scientific Names of Plants

  • Author: Peter Bernhardt
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • ISBN: 0813542669
  • Category: Gardening
  • Page: 239
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Zeus, Medusa, Hercules, Aphrodite. Did you know that these and other dynamic deities, heroes, and monsters of Greek and Roman mythology live on in the names of trees and flowers? Some grow in your local woodlands or right in your own backyard garden. In this delightful book, botanist Peter Bernhardt reveals the rich history and mythology that underlie the origins of many scientific plant names. Unlike other books about botanical taxonomy that take the form of heavy and intimidating lexicons, Bernhardt's account comes together in a series of interlocking stories. Each chapter opens with a short version of a classical myth, then links the tale to plant names, showing how each plant "resembles" its mythological counterpart with regard to its history, anatomy, life cycle, and conservation. You will learn, for example, that as our garden acanthus wears nasty spines along its leaf margins, it is named for the nymph who scratched the face of Apollo. The shape-shifting god, Proteus, gives his name to a whole family of shrubs and trees that produce colorful flowering branches in an astonishing number of sizes and shapes. Amateur and professional gardeners, high school teachers and professors of biology, botanists and conservationists alike will appreciate this book's entertaining and informative entry to the otherwise daunting field of botanical names. Engaging, witty, and memorable, Gods and Goddesses in the Garden transcends the genre of natural history and makes taxonomy a topic equally at home in the classroom and at cocktail parties.

Devī

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Devī

Devī

Goddesses of India

  • Author: John Stratton Hawley,Donna M. Wulff
  • Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publ.
  • ISBN: 9788120814912
  • Category: Goddesses, Hindu
  • Page: 352
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The monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have severely limited the portrayal of the divine as feminine. But in Hinduism "God" very often means "Goddess." This extraordinary collection explores twelve different Hindu goddesses, all of whom are in some way related to Devi, the Great Goddess. They range from the liquid goddess-energy of the River Ganges to the possessing, entrancing heat of Bhagavati and Seranvali. They are local, like Vindhyavasini, and global, like Kali; ancient, like Saranyu, and modern, like "Mother India." The collection combines analysis of texts with intensive fieldwork, allowing the reader to see how goddesses are worshiped in everyday life. In these compelling essays, the divine feminine in Hinduism is revealed as never before--fascinating, contradictory, powerful.

Greek Gods & Goddesses

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Greek Gods & Goddesses

Greek Gods & Goddesses

  • Author: Britannica Educational Publishing
  • Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing
  • ISBN: 1622751531
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 136
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Giving Western literature and art many of its most enduring themes and archetypes, Greek mythology and the gods and goddesses at its core are a fundamental part of the popular imagination. At the heart of Greek mythology are exciting stories of drama, action, and adventure featuring gods and goddesses, who, while physically superior to humans, share many of their weaknesses. Readers will be introduced to the many figures once believed to populate Mount Olympus as well as related concepts and facts about the Greek mythological tradition.