Goddess: Myths of the Female Divine

Goddess: Myths of the Female Divine By David A. Leeming Jake Page, Goddess Myths of the Female Divine From the fertile earth mothers of the ancient world to the modern revival of interest in Wicca or witchcraft images and tales of the Female Divine have flourished and waned intimidated comforted
  • Title: Goddess: Myths of the Female Divine
  • Author: David A. Leeming Jake Page
  • ISBN: 9780195104622
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • Goddess: Myths of the Female Divine By David A. Leeming Jake Page, From the fertile earth mothers of the ancient world to the modern revival of interest in Wicca, or witchcraft, images and tales of the Female Divine have flourished and waned, intimidated, comforted, and inspired women and men from time immemorial In Goddess, authors David Leeming and Jake Page gather some 75 of the most potent and meaningful of these tales in an extraordFrom the fertile earth mothers of the ancient world to the modern revival of interest in Wicca, or witchcraft, images and tales of the Female Divine have flourished and waned, intimidated, comforted, and inspired women and men from time immemorial In Goddess, authors David Leeming and Jake Page gather some 75 of the most potent and meaningful of these tales in an extraordinarily rich and readable introduction to this divine figure as she has emerged from prehistory to the present Told as a biography, we follow Goddess from her first Ice Age appearances as the all encompassing, all giving, and all taking Earth, to her re emergence as a powerful force in the myths of modern religion, psychology, and science In tales of the Changing Woman of the Navajos and of Hera, Pandora, Eve, and Lilith, we see her traduced and sublimated by rising, and then, dominant, patriarchal cultures and civilizations, but never totally suppressed In familiar and unfamiliar myths, Goddess comes alive, pulsing with her own energy, irrepressible behind her many cultural masks She can be the Universe itself, the source of all being, the holy Virgin, the Earth Mother nurturer, the madly hysterical destroyer, the femme fatale, or the consort or mother of God She is presented here not as myth, but as a true archetype, a potential being who exists in all of us, a force who long preceded her male counterpart as an appropriate metaphor for the Great Mystery of existence As compelling as any novel, Goddess is also a journey into the human heart Observing Goddess over the centuries worshiped, belittled, denied, rediscovered we gain new insight into the changing role of women, our continuing development as a species, and our deepest concerns about ourselves, our world, and the human destiny.
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    1. David A. Leeming Jake Page

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    208 thoughts on “Goddess: Myths of the Female Divine”


    1. The book was alright After awhile, it felt redundant giving both a summary of the myth alongside an interpretation which was really just another summary of the myth As someone who has spent a good deal of college credits studying mythology, I understood most of the references but for a reader trying to learn on their own, the book left many loose ends I liked the idea of the ending to the book but it felt as if the authors became as bored as I was reading it It s also hard to take a women s stud [...]


    2. Magical, mystical, thought provoking I love the idea of a biography of an archetype I will acknowledge that some of the myths fell a bit flat for me there s such a wealth of lush, rich goddess stories to draw from and I craved a deeper understanding of why the authors selected the stories that they did I wanted You can definitely feel the influences of Jung and Campbell on this one.



    3. I hated this book Very rarely do I fail to finish a book, but this was one of those times The retelling of thy myths were utterly flat, they no beauty in them when told, no soul, no lyrics in them Myths started as stories told and sung around fires in the dark as the night pressed in They are full of hearts pounding, of comfort, strength, wonder, blood, and violence Myths are passions of a people Instead, what you have is a poorly worded boring recitation To top that off the descriptions of what [...]


    4. Los autores de este peque o libro nos proponen un repaso por la historia del concepto de la divinidad entendida como mujer a lo largo de la historia Para ello comienzan con la teoria de la Tealog a, en un sistema prehist rico idilico que ya ha sido largamente planteado en la literatura pagana m s variada El viaje, que sigue a trav s de las diversas mitolog as politeistas de distintos lugares del mundo y que est n clasificados por una suerte de momento cultural en lugar de por un momento hist ric [...]


    5. Having written a book about a specific goddess, I am suspicious that a single book can treat this complex topic sufficiently The goddess thesis has been pretty much demonstrated to be a modern fiction and unfortunately Leeming and Page use it as an organizing principle for the biography of Goddess Goddesses are as unique as women and should be treated that way The treatment of Asherah, for example, could have used some specialist input Further comments may be found here Sects and Violence in the [...]


    6. Well now that s done and I m glad it s over T S EliotPromising premise by a reputable publisher, certainly this is promising, right Wrong The authors do a good job of dividing the history of the Goddess based on how she was treated at the time in her many forms, both in mythology and society, but that s really about it 90% of this mercifully short book is just rehashing existing myths, and not really doing it well Very little original thought here I like the idea of a short 200 pages intro to Go [...]


    7. This book is an overview of the various goddess myths found throughout the world The writing style is rather uneven at times I felt like I was reading entries from an encyclopedia, other times it was like campfire style storytelling Overall, this book makes for a good introduction to some of the lesser known mythologies of our past.


    8. I enjoyed this book immensly Eye opening and belief shattering Profoundly related to works by Marija Gimbutas, Joseph Cambell, C.G Jung co, concerning the evolution of the Feminine Archetype from prehistory to modern history.







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