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Goddess: Myths of the Female Divine

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  16 reviews
From the fertile earth mothers of the ancient world to the modern revival of interest in Wicca, or witchcraft, images and tales of the Female Divine have flourished and waned, intimidated, comforted, and inspired women and men from time immemorial. In Goddess, authors David Leeming and Jake Page gather some 75 of the most potent and meaningful of these tales in an extraord ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1994)
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Mar 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First, and fastest, dnf of the year. Extremely boring and super repetitive.
Rio Ippoliti
Oct 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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Julia Shaw
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommend
Magical, mystical, thought-provoking. I love the idea of a biography of an archetype. I will acknowledge that some of the myths fell a bit flat for me--there's such a wealth of lush, rich goddess stories to draw from and I craved a deeper understanding of why the authors selected the stories that they did. I wanted more! You can definitely feel the influences of Jung and Campbell on this one.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Informative... with a side of a hopeful matriarchal return to society.
Sep 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
I hated this book. Very rarely do I fail to finish a book, but this was one of those times. The retelling of thy myths were utterly flat, they no beauty in them when told, no soul, no lyrics in them. Myths started as stories told and sung around fires in the dark as the night pressed in. They are full of hearts pounding, of comfort, strength, wonder, blood, and violence. Myths are passions of a people. Instead, what you have is a poorly worded boring recitation.
To top that off the descriptions
Aitziber Conesa
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Los autores de este pequeño libro nos proponen un repaso por la historia del concepto de la divinidad entendida como mujer a lo largo de la historia. Para ello comienzan con la teoria de la Tealogía, en un sistema prehistórico idilico que ya ha sido largamente planteado en la literatura pagana más variada.
El viaje, que sigue a través de las diversas mitologías politeistas de distintos lugares del mundo y que están clasificados por una suerte de "momento cultural" en lugar de por un momento hist
Steve Wiggins
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Having written a book about a specific goddess, I am suspicious that a single book can treat this complex topic sufficiently. The goddess thesis has been pretty much demonstrated to be a modern fiction and unfortunately Leeming and Page use it as an organizing principle for the "biography" of "Goddess." Goddesses are as unique as women and should be treated that way. The treatment of Asherah, for example, could have used some specialist input. Further comments may be found here: Sects and Violen ...more
Neil White
Mar 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
"Well now that's done: and I'm glad it's over." - T. S. Eliot

Promising premise by a reputable publisher, certainly this is promising, right? Wrong? The authors do a good job of dividing the history of the Goddess based on how she was treated at the time in her many forms, both in mythology and society, but that's really about it. 90% of this mercifully short book is just rehashing existing myths, and not really doing it well. Very little original thought here. I like the idea of a short (<200
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book is an overview of the various goddess myths found throughout the world. The writing style is rather uneven; at times I felt like I was reading entries from an encyclopedia, other times it was like campfire-style storytelling. Overall, this book makes for a good introduction to some of the lesser-known mythologies of our past.
Andrei Stinga
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mythology
I enjoyed this book immensly. Eye opening and belief shattering. Profoundly related to works by Marija Gimbutas, Joseph Cambell, C.G. Jung & co, concerning the evolution of the Feminine Archetype from prehistory to modern history.
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Amy Folkert
Mar 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Just don't read it.
Jun 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Great general knowledge. A consise history of the Goddess in all forms.
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
Very boring
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