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By Rosemary Ruether

This landmark paintings offers the main illuminating portrait we need to date of goddesses and sacred lady imagery in Western culture—from prehistory to modern goddess events. fantastically written, lucidly conceived, and far-ranging in its implications, this paintings can assist readers achieve a greater appreciation of the complexity of the social forces— commonly androcentric—that have formed the symbolism of the sacred female. whilst, it charts a brand new path for locating a very egalitarian imaginative and prescient of God and human kin via a feminist-ecological spirituality.

Rosemary Radford Ruether starts her exploration of the divine female with an research of prehistoric archaeology that demanding situations the preferred concept that, until eventually their overthrow via male-dominated monotheism, many old societies have been matriarchal in constitution, ruled via a female divinity and current in concord with nature. For Ruether, the old facts indicates the truth approximately those societies is far extra advanced. She is going directly to think about key myths and rituals from Sumerian, Babylonian, Egyptian, and Anatolian cultures; to ascertain the relationships between gender, deity, and nature within the Hebrew faith; and to debate the improvement of Mariology and feminine mysticism in medieval Catholicism, and the continuation of knowledge mysticism in Protestanism. She additionally provides a provocative research of the assembly of Aztec and Christian girl symbols in Mexico and of present day neo-pagan routine within the United States.

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