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Ishtar Rising: Why the Goddess Went to Hell and What to Expect Now That She's Returning

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Ishtar Rising takes you on a journey through esoterica, explaining why Eve in the Bible and Eris in Greek myth were both involved with nefarious apples...Why attitudes toward the female breast correlate with war and peace...Why the Great Goddess of the ancients went to Hell and why most of us go to Hell in our dreams occasionally...Why female pacifists baring their breasts ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 1997 by New Falcon Publications (first published 1974)
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Chelsea Roudebush
Jan 11, 2012 Chelsea Roudebush rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. His arguments for the chain of "anal" reactions due to the suppression of the "oral" or of female sexuality are really intriguing, convincing, and brilliantly put. However, he does, in my opinion, take metaphors too far here and there, in his efforts to explain how far-reaching these effects are. He also totally lost me in his assertion that beautiful people are usually smart because of a connection between "the spark of life" or "bioenergy" and it's physical expressi ...more
Aug 02, 2007 Rich rated it it was amazing
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I love RAW. He can put together sentences that you chew up and choke on and then go back for more.

Then you take a concept I can really get around -- that world peace is in some way connected to the mammaries and openness about sensuality and breasts. WHAT? REALLY? THAT?

Yes. and not a terrible argument, and not a horrible set of stories to back it up, and really, an enjoyable philisophical rant of RAWs.

A few typos in the book, as if sent to publishing too quickly, or reading a very long email fro
Neal Young
Ishtar Rising was beautiful. For one its mostly about breasts; those of the female order. Beautiful. Robert Anton Wilson had a strange way of making sense of things. Masculinity and Femininity and how these roles effected on men and women shape society and the human condition. This book is not simply a "hurrah" for breasts, and I am very glad for the fact that Robert Anton Wilson took himself seriously or at least half seriously (for all i know) while writing this book. His initials are RAW for ...more
Greg Kerestan
May 10, 2016 Greg Kerestan rated it liked it
A revision of "The Book of the Breast," Robert Anton Wilson took out some of the psychological and historical elements of his earlier book to replace them with the spiritual and conspiracy-oriented philosophy that defined his later and more famous career. Certainly worth reading if you're on a Wilson kick, but if you're more interested in an analysis of psychology and sexuality than mysticism and spirituality, pick up the earlier edition instead.
Stefan Rhyner
Great book. First printed under the name The book of the breast....that should give you enough motivation to have a go for it.
Jan 22, 2008 Mahoney added it
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Robert Anton Wilson was doing some good drugs when he wrote his books. This is the only one of his that I've kept, because while it is cracktastic and often really offensive, it's also kind of bizarrely fascinating. I think. I mean, that's why I kept it, but it's been at least ten years since I actually read it...
Jul 14, 2009 Dan rated it liked it
Originally called The Book of the Breast, and published by Playboy, this is Wilson’s book about the power of the female in culture. Wilson’s analysis is interdisciplinary, employing anthropology, physiology, myth, literature and popular culture.
Feb 07, 2016 Fishface rated it liked it
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Funny little book about feminist spirituality, written by a male columnist for a porn magazine. It's not as insightful as I would have liked but covers more ground than you would expect, considering the source.
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Robert Anton Wilson became, at various times, an American novelist, essayist, philosopher, polymath, psychonaut, futurist, libertarian and self-described agnostic mystic. Recognized as an Episkopos, Pope, and Saint of Discordianism by Discordians who care to label him as such, Wilson helped publicize the group/religion/melee through his writings, interviews, and strolls.

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