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The book of the goddess, past and present : an introduction to her religion

By: Olson, Carl, ed
Material type: TextTextNew York Crossroad 1986Description: x, 261p.; bibliog. notes; bibliogContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volume ISBN: 0824506898Subject(s): Goddesses
Contents:
Preface - Carl Olson. Introduction - Carl Olson. 1 The prehistoric goddess - Anne L. Barstow. 2 Ishtar and her cult - Judith Ochshorn. 3 Isis and Hathor: two ancient Egyptian goddesses - D.J. Bleeker. 4 The mother goddess among the Greeks - Christine R. Downing. 5 Magna mater: great mother of the Roman empire - M. Renee Salzman. 6 The Canaanite-Hebrew goddess - Steve Davies. 7 The virgin Mary: a goddess? - E. Ann Matter. 8 Sophia and the mother-father: the gnostic goddess - Pheme Perkins. 9 Kali, the mad mother - C. Mackenzie Brown. 10 Sri Lakshmi and Radha: the obsequious wife and the lustful lover - Carl Olson. 11 The untamed goddesses of Village India - Richard L. Brubaker. 12 Kuan-yin: savior and savioress in Chinese Pure Land Buddhism - Diana Paul. 13 The significance of Amaterasu in Japanese religious history - Kyoko Motomochi Nakamura. 14 Oshun the dancer - Joseph M. Murphy. 15 The religion of the goddess in North America - Ake Hultkrantz. 16 Hindu female deities as a resource for the contemporary rediscovery of the goddess - Rita M. Gross. 17 Symbols of goddess and god in feminist theology - Carol P. Christ
Abstract: 'While teaching a course on goddesses in the history of religions a few years ago, I discovered that there was no common source book available to my students. The lack of an adequate source book for classroom use led me to outline a work that would be faithful to the diverse religious cultures and periods of history in which goddesses have played an important role. Without trying to be exhaustive or encyclopedic in scope, this book includes examples of ancient and modern goddesses, encompassing Eastern and Western religious traditions, major world religions and tribal religions, living religions and those that have passed into historical memory...to help the reader understand the various manifestations of the goddess and her often complex nature.' --Preface
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Preface - Carl Olson. Introduction - Carl Olson. 1 The prehistoric goddess - Anne L. Barstow. 2 Ishtar and her cult - Judith Ochshorn. 3 Isis and Hathor: two ancient Egyptian goddesses - D.J. Bleeker. 4 The mother goddess among the Greeks - Christine R. Downing. 5 Magna mater: great mother of the Roman empire - M. Renee Salzman. 6 The Canaanite-Hebrew goddess - Steve Davies. 7 The virgin Mary: a goddess? - E. Ann Matter. 8 Sophia and the mother-father: the gnostic goddess - Pheme Perkins. 9 Kali, the mad mother - C. Mackenzie Brown. 10 Sri Lakshmi and Radha: the obsequious wife and the lustful lover - Carl Olson. 11 The untamed goddesses of Village India - Richard L. Brubaker. 12 Kuan-yin: savior and savioress in Chinese Pure Land Buddhism - Diana Paul. 13 The significance of Amaterasu in Japanese religious history - Kyoko Motomochi Nakamura. 14 Oshun the dancer - Joseph M. Murphy. 15 The religion of the goddess in North America - Ake Hultkrantz. 16 Hindu female deities as a resource for the contemporary rediscovery of the goddess - Rita M. Gross. 17 Symbols of goddess and god in feminist theology - Carol P. Christ

'While teaching a course on goddesses in the history of religions a few years ago, I discovered that there was no common source book available to my students. The lack of an adequate source book for classroom use led me to outline a work that would be faithful to the diverse religious cultures and periods of history in which goddesses have played an important role. Without trying to be exhaustive or encyclopedic in scope, this book includes examples of ancient and modern goddesses, encompassing Eastern and Western religious traditions, major world religions and tribal religions, living religions and those that have passed into historical memory...to help the reader understand the various manifestations of the goddess and her often complex nature.' --Preface

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