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Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines

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Drawn from a variety of sources ranging from classical literature to early ethnographies to contemporary interpretations, the "Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines" provides a comprehensive introduction to the ways goddess figures have been viewed through the ages. This unique encyclopedia of over thousands of figures of feminine divinity describes the myths and attribut ...more
Hardcover, 2 pages
Published December 1st 2009 by Greenwood Publishing Group (first published 2009)
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Heather
Jul 26, 2016 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I read books like this, I always go straight to information that I already know, to see how accurate those entries are. If they're good, I can trust that most of the book is also good. This one contains sloppy research and basic errors in the section on Ancient Egypt. For example, it states that Ancient Egyptians usually ate no fish because a fish had eaten Osiris' penis. False. It says that Sekhmet tried to destroy the world on her own initiative. False: Ra asked her to kill people, and sh ...more
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"Who knew she had so many names?" Vicki Nobel says in her endorsement of the Encyclopedia of Goddesses & Heroines by Patricia Monaghan. She's referring to the Goddess known by different names, in various forms throughout time and the many cultures of the world. The book is a paperback version of two volumes originally published in hardcover in 2009.

I remember a university professor with whom I took an evening course on goddess spirituality in the mid-nineties saying that polytheism is so muc
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Alexandria
I picked up a bunch of encyclopedias to skim in the hopes of finding ones with entries that will spark some writing ideas. This encyclopedia certainly fit the bill. Featuring goddesses and heroines from all over the world, this encyclopedia is a great resource to leaning about the mythological women that most books on the subject neglect to mention.
AK Anderson
Jul 14, 2015 AK Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes. This is a reference book. Yes. I read it cover to cover. I recommend at least skimming the geographical sections all at once to spot the patterns.
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