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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood by Merlin Stone
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Apr 13, 08

bookshelves: she-has-eggs, geeky-mythic-stuff, short-stories
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I really like this book, but that might surprise people who know me well. That's because I studied Classics and ancient Greek goddesses, and this book does not provide a balanced academic portrayal of the deities. Which is not to say its not well researched, but neither is that the book's point, I suspect. What it does, and does quite well, is offer an image of the goddesses that a contemporary woman could be proud to worship. It retells stories, not to get into what the ancient Greeks really thought (or at least the men who set the myths to page), but to offer an empowering sacred perspective in a world that rarely offers such portrayals of women.

It takes itself pretty seriously, I'd say, but I still expect to read it to my kids.
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