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- Description- A study of the primordial figure of the Great Goddess and her continued worship through time as shown by the myths, shrines, and sanctuaries around the world that hor this powerful symbol of creation. - A ted historian on pre-Christian societies provides an extensive worldwide listing of sites and sanctuaries associated with goddess worship. - Explores goddess worship in cultures around the world, including Native American, Egyptian, Indian, and Oriental civilizations. - Demonstrates that although her worship has sometimes been forced underground it has never disappeared. In ancient Babylon she was Anat, in Egypt, Isis and Hathor, Dana in Celtic Ireland, Rhea and Demeter in Greece, and in India, Anapurna the Provider. She is the Great Goddess, the Goddess of Beginnings, the symbol of Earth and the giver of life, the Vast Mother, who represents all the powers and mysteries of creation for early humanity. Shifting her solar association onto masculine deities and blackening those of her symbols that, like the serpent, could t be assimilated, patriarchal societies forced the preeminent power of the feminine into an obscure and subservient position. Yet, as shown by ted scholar Jean Markale, the Goddess did t simply disappear when her position was usurped, and the power she represents has been the source of continuous religious devotion from ancient times through the Middle Ages up to the present day. In looking at the plethora of myths, sites, and sanctuaries devoted to this powerful figure, The Great Goddess provides abundant evidence of the extraordinary permanence of her worship--even at the heart of those religions that tried to destroy her.
- Author BiographyPoet, philosopher, historian, and storyteller, Jean Markale has spent a lifetime researching pre-Christian civilizations. He is the author of more than forty books, including The Druids, The Celts, Merlin, Women of the Celts, and King of the Celts. A specialist in Celtic studies at the Sorbonne, he lives in the Brittany region of France.
- Author(s)Jean Markale
- PublisherInner Traditions Bear and Company
- Date of Publication20/01/2000
- SubjectHistory of Ideas & Popular Philosophy
- Place of PublicationRochester, VT
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- First Published1900
- ImprintInner Traditions Bear and Company
- Weight600 g
- Width150 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine19 mm
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