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David Leeming is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. His books include The World of Myth, Flights: Readings in Magic, Mysticism, Fantasy, and Myth, Mythology: The Voyage of the Hero, and James Baldwin: A Biography. Jake Page is a science writer, essayist and novelist, whose books include Hopi, with his wife Susanne, and The Stolen Gods.


Popular and scholarly works on the prevalence of goddess figures and worship throughout history have exploded on the marketplace. These two works approach the existence of the worship of a female divine from different tacks. Both attempt to make comparisons among very different cultures. Biaggi's is an archaeological work, comparing the artifacts and tombs of Malta and the Orkneys and Shetlands. Because Malta is located in the Mediterranean and the Orkneys and Shetlands off the coast of Scotland, it would seem that any comparison would be an enormous leap of conjecture. But Biaggi leaves out the speculation, instead descriging the artifacts, grave goods, extant buildings, and other items in great detail, leaving out the speculation. The work is copiously illustrated. Well written with solid scholarship, it is recommended for libraries interested in goddess scholarship and archaeology. Leeming and Page call their study a biography of the goddess. Deliberately, they do not enter into gender politics but trace the change in the perceptions of goddesses by telling stories from various cultures, including African, Indian, Native American, Greek, Celtic, Christian, and the modern Gaia hypothesis. The goddess moves from her beginnings as a powerful earth creatrix to being fertility goddess to being kidnapped and abused to being divinity disguised. The stories are told in an accessible style. This multicultural collection is recommended for libraries interested in stories on goddesses.-Gail Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Alfred

"Rarely is the generative principle that Goddess represents addressed as comprehensively and with such enjoyable results."--Lewis R. Binford, author of Bones: Ancient Man and Modern Myths "This is the book I have been looking for."--Mary H. Ber, Roosevelt University "This is an excellent text for this level of student in that it is precise, reflects scholarly research and history without being convoluted, and is written in a fresh, interesting, very readable text. Thank you!"--Sandra Desjardins, Mesa College "As always, with a Leeming book, impressive and very interesting."--Anne LeCroy, East Tennessee State University "Lovely--great format for an introductory myth class."--Jean Murphy, Pierce College "Provides essential background information on the female archetype in a succinct, understandable form very easy for undergrads to understand."--Gwendolyn Morgan, Montana State University "Beautifully written, very thorough survey without becoming burdensome."--E.N. Genovese, San Diego State University "An excellent core text--compact, clear, and accurate--around which to build, and from which to assign more extensive readings."--Thomas Hoburg, Mortheastern Illinois University "It sparks the imagination and engages curiosity. I recommend it for beginning students of the field, those wanting a brief anthology of Goddess myth through history, and those wanting some bed-time reading sure to inspire intriguing dreams."--SEWSA News "A graceful cross-cultural selection of goddess myths."--Parabola "It is astonishing but satisfying that it takes 'two old Princeton boys' (so described by a daughter of one of the authors) first to understand Goddess myths clearly, then to put them in the right order. Based on thorough scholarship and written with enviable elan, the myths of the ancient worship of female procreativity are told with clarity and passion. This book goes on my shelf beside Bulfinch, Jane Harrison, Edith Hamilton, and Leeming's own The World of Myth."--Paul Bohannan, author of We, the Alien: An Introduction to Cultural Anthropology "Rarely is the generative principle that Goddess represents addressed as comprehensively and with such enjoyable results. As traced by Leeming and Page, Goddess's protean variability raises many provocative questions as the tales--some of them literarlly hair-raising 'myth-teries- unfold."--Lewis R. Binford, author of Bones: Ancient Man and Modern Myths

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