The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe, 6500-3500 B.C.

Myths and Cult Images


Author: Marija Gimbutas

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520253988

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 1875

"A magnificent study."--Joseph Campbell "This splendidly illustrated book brings together an archeological documentation hardly to be found elsewhere."--Mircea Eliade

Goddesses in Ancient India


Author: P. K. Agrawala

Publisher: Abhinav Publications

ISBN: 8170171849


Page: 146

View: 598

Dr. Agrawala S Present Work Largely Represents His Ph.D. Thesis (Approved By The Banaras Hindu University) In A Revised Up-To-Date Form. He Has Brought Out A Most Comprehensive And Thorough Analysis Of The Material On The Worship Of Goddesses In The Proto-Historic And Vedic Periods Of India. A Vast Amount Of Archaeological Evidence Is Carefully Sifted And Analysed By Him In A Truer Cultic Perspective As Throwing New Light On The Role Of Mother-Goddesses In The Protohistoric Cultures Ranging From Small Agricultural Communities Of Baluchistan Foothills To The Highly Developed Harappans. Dr. Agrawala Has Also Identified And Discussed In A Systematic Manner Varied Motifs And Concepts Of Fertility Cultus In The Rgveda And Later Vedic Texts Which Were Subsequently Formulated Into Definite Images, Personifications And Attributes. He Has Marshalled In A Fully Objective Treatment All Those References In The Vedic Literature That Go Now To Reveal Numerous Fresh Aspects Of This Hitherto Unexplored Subject. One Is Able Indeed To See Through The Present Work How The Rgvedic Goddesses,Mostly Abstractions, Later On Assumed Mythical Definitions In The Pantheon And How The Folk Culture Of India Exercised Its Far-Reaching Influences On Higher Priestly Religion Not Only By Contributing Its Own Share Of Goddesses But Also Through Their More Concrete Identification With The Already Existing Ones In Myths And Cult Rituals.

Gods, Goddesses, and Mythology


Author: C. Scott Littleton

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9780761475590

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: N.A

View: 3504

More than three hundred alphabetically arranged entries cover mythological beings, themes, and deities from around the world.

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

View: 3750

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.

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

View: 9343

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.

A History of Women in the West

From ancient goddesses to Christian saints. 1


Author: Georges Duby,Michelle Perrot

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674403697

Category: History

Page: 572

View: 477

Discusses the legal, social, and religious position of women in the Greco-Roman world and during the Middle Ages.

Greek Gods and Goddesses


Author: Geraldine McCaughrean,Emma Chichester Clark

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0689820844

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 108

View: 6299

Provides young readers with a colorfully illustrated collection of fifteen stories about well-known and lesser-known ancient Greek gods and goddesses.

Goddesses and the Divine Feminine

A Western Religious History


Author: Rosemary Ruether

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520250055

Category: Religion

Page: 381

View: 4915

Presents a portrait of sacred female and goddess imagary in Western culture, from their creation to the present day.