The New Book of Goddesses & Heroines

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9781567184655: The New Book of Goddesses & Heroines

They come out in your dreams, your creativity, and your passion. They represent you in all your glory and complexity, and you represent them. They are the goddesses and heroines that form your true history. Now let these mythic stories nourish your soul as they speak to you on a level as deep and mysterious as the source of life itself.

Goddesses and heroines exist in virtually every culture and every time. Now you can discover their secrets in The New Book of Goddesses & Heroines (an expanded edition of The Book of Goddess and Heroines) by Patricia Monaghan.

The third edition of this classic reference offers a complete collection of goddess myths from around the globe and includes over fifty photographs from the world-famous Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. And now there is a section on "Cultures of the Goddess", which provides information on the major religious systems detailed in the myths.

Discover more than 1,500 goddesses from Australia, Africa, North and South America, Asia, Europe-and experience her as she truly is. This new edition also adds hundreds of new entries to the original text-information found only in rare or limited editions and obscure sources.

Never before has such a vast panorama of female divinity been recorded in one source-this fascinating book is a testament to the great diversity of her power.

Winner of the 1998 Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) Award for best Non-fiction book

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About the Author:

One of the leaders of the contemporary earth spirituality movement, Patricia Monaghan (1946 - 2012) had spent more than 20 years researching and writing about alternative visions of the earth.  Raised in Alaska, where much of her family still lives, she considered herself blessed to have learned the ecology of the taiga, the subarctic forest, in her youth.  She was a writer and reporter on science and energy-related issues before turning her attention to the impact of mythic structures on our everyday lives.

The worldwide vision of the earth as feminine--as a goddess, called Gaia by the Greeks--led her to recognize the connection between ecological damage and the oppression of the feminine in Western society.  Much of her work since that time had explored the question of the role of feminine power in our world, in an inclusive and multicultural way.  

An avid traveler, Patricia had researched earth spirituality and goddess worship on three continents, and traveled widely in Europe, especially in Ireland.  She held dual US/Irish citizenship and edited two anthologies of contemporary Irish-American writing.

Patricia was member of the resident faculty at DePaul University's School for New Learning in Chicago, where she taught science and literature.  She passed from this world in November 2012 and is survived by her husband, Dr Michael McDermott.

From Library Journal:

In the introduction to this third edition of her useful encyclopedia, Monaghan (Magical Gardens: Myth, Mulch & Marigolds, Llewellyn. 1997) offers a chronicle of changes in technology and research methodology that librarians will appreciate. The encyclopedia opens with an excellent essay entitled "Cultures of the Goddess" that discusses the myths, legends, and goddess worship of every civilization. Clear, well written, and informative, the entries that follow are longer than dictionary entries and shorter than encyclopedia entries. In addition, there are more than 50 photographs of statues, vases, and other artifacts. The book concludes with an excellent index of goddesses arranged by attributions (e.g., love, death, weather, and insects), an index that provides variant names, and a listing of feast days. The result is an exceptionally fine reference work that is both readable and well arranged. Highly recommended for public, school, and college libraries.?Gail Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology Lib., Alfred
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