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This is a comprehensive, scholarly accessible study, in which the authors draw upon poetry and mythology, art and literature, archaeology and psychology to show how the myth of the goddess has been lost from our formal Judeo-Christian images of the divine. They explain what happened to the goddess, when, and how she was excluded from western culture, and the implications of this loss.
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Part 1 The mother Goddess and her son-lover: in the beginning - the Paleolithic mother Goddess; the Neolithic great Goddess of Sky, Earth and Waters; Crete - the Goddess of Life, Death and Regeneration; the Bronze Age - the mother Goddess and her son-lover; Inanna-Ishtar - Mesopotamian Goddess of The Great Above and The Great Below; Isis of Egypt - Queen of heaven, Earth and Underworld; Tiamat of Babylon - the defeat of the Goddess; Goddesses of Greece - Gaia, Hera, Artemis and Athena. Part 2 The sacred marriage: Goddesses of Greece - Aphrodite, Demeter and Persephone; Cybele - great Goddess of Anatolia and Rome; the Iron Age - the great father God Yahweh-Elohim; the hidden Goddess in the Old Testament; Eve - the mother of all living; Mary - the return of the Goddess; Sophia - mother, daughter and bride; the sacred marriage of Goddess and God - the reunion of nature and spirit. Appendices: prehistoric times; the Christian gospels.

About the Author

Jules Cashford writes and lectures on mythology and is the author of The Myth of the Goddess.

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