Goddesses and the Divine Feminine Paperback

A Western Religious History

by R R Ruether;


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Goddesses and the Divine Feminine

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This landmark work presents the most illuminating portrait we have to date of goddesses and sacred female imagery in Western culture - from prehistory to contemporary goddess movements. Beautifully written, lucidly conceived, and far-ranging in its implications, this work will help readers gain a better appreciation of the complexity of the social forces - mostly and rocentric - that have shaped the symbolism of the sacred feminine. At the same time, it charts a new direction for finding a truly egalitarian vision of God and human relations through a feminist-ecological spirituality. Rosemary Radford Ruether begins her exploration of the divine feminine with an analysis of prehistoric archaeology that challenges the popular idea that, until their overthrow by male-dominated monotheism, many ancient societies were matriarchal in structure, governed by a feminine divinity and existing in harmony with nature. For Ruether, the historical evidence suggests the reality about these societies is much more complex.She goes on to consider key myths and rituals from Sumerian, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Anatolian cultures; to examine the relationships among gender, deity, and nature in the Hebrew religion; and to discuss the development of Mariology and female mysticism in medieval Catholicism, and the continuation of Wisdom mysticism in Protestanism. She also gives a provocative analysis of the meeting of Aztec and Christian female symbols in Mexico and of today's neo-pagan movements in the United States.

Goddesses and the Divine Feminine by R R Ruether was published by University Presses in March 2005 and is our 54428th best seller. The ISBN for Goddesses and the Divine Feminine is 9780520250055.

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Page last updated 14th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherUniversity Presses (March 2005)
EditionNew edition
Weight467g
Number of Pages390
Thickness25 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
ISBN9780520250055
ISBN-100520250052
Product Code1117208
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