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Book Title: Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood: A Treasury of Goddess and Heroine Lore from Around the World|
Date of issue: September 30th 1990
ISBN 13: 9780807067512
The author of the book: Merlin Stone
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.13 MB
Edition: Beacon Press
Read full description of the books Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood: A Treasury of Goddess and Heroine Lore from Around the World: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.
Read information about the authorMerlin Stone is a sculptor and professor of art and art history, perhaps best-known for her feminist book, When God Was a Woman.
Merlin Stone became interested in archaeology and ancient religions from her study of ancient art. She taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo. From 1958 to 1967 she worked as a sculptor, exhibiting widely and executing numerous commissions. (According to the author's information on the 1976 Harcourt edition of When God Was a Woman)
She spent a decade on research before writing the book published in the UK as The Paradise Papers and then in the U.S. as When God Was a Woman (1976). It describes her theory of how the Hebrews suppressed allegedly goddess-based religions practiced in Canaan and how their reaction to what she asserts as being the existing matriarchial and matrilineal societal structures shaped Judaism and, thus, Christianity.
Her other major work, Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood collects stories, myths, and prayers involving goddess-figures from a wide variety of world religions, ancient and otherwise. Stone's hypotheses are radical and challenging to the accepted views of antiquity, and as such they remain controversial. She is the author of numerous short stories, book reviews, and essays, including "3,000 Years of Racism."
She passed away on the 25th of February 2011 in Daytona Beach after a long painful illness.
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