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The Cult of the Black Virgin

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Why are over 400 of the world's images for the madonna "black" or "dark"? Why are they so little known? "The Cult of the Black Virgin" investigates the pagan origins of the phenomenon as well as the heretical Gnostic-Christian underground stream which flowed West with the cult of Mary Magdalene and resurfaced in catharism at the time of the crusades. A resurfacing of the ...more
304 pages
Published February 1st 1989 by Penguin Books
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Astralgravy
Jun 24, 2014 Astralgravy rated it it was ok
A lot of interesting hypotheses, but a lot of them are on a long shot, and (admittedly) without much deep research into the subject. The most compelling conclusions are citations from " Holy Blood, Holy Grail", Which seems to be the source vast majority of Begg's research.
The Gazetter is probably the most valuable portion of the book, to Begg's credit. Otherwise, just read Holy Blood, Holy Grail.
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