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The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image – Anne Baring & Jules Cashford (Hardback) pre-owned

The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image – Anne Baring & Jules Cashford (Hardback) pre-owned
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Please note this is a second-hand copy of the book. The pages are in very good condition as is the cover with it's original dust jacket.
 
The Myth of the Goddess (782 pages inc. numerous illustrations)
A powerful and most complete synthesis of what we know about the goddess between the Upper Palaeolothic and modern times. This magnum opus will serve as a source book and a guide for many years to come… indispensable for historians of religion, philosophers, anthropologists and indeed everyone else interested in this very important development of religious ideas.
 
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    ""This is a long book, but it is not a page too long. It is of great significance for the reappraisal - which is grossly overdue - of our approach to history. Here is a work of immense pioneering significance"

Sir Laurens van der Post

   "One of the most important contributions to the evolving state of our culture since the Second World War. A beautiful, luminous, feelingly written study of the goddess image through time."

                                                                                                                      Lindsay Clarke

" "How rare - and how lovely - to find a book that does it all: justice to the great poetic stories; good scholarship that is not ideological; a sharp psychological intelligence; and a style that is a pleasure to read. I shall recommend this book again and again for years and years"

James Hillman


--"The Myth of the Goddess brings together the best of modern scholarship in lucid synthesis; it is a definitive work of great importance"

Rupert Sheldrake

--"The authors of this ground-breaking, rich, ambitious work attempt to trace the evolution of consciousness by following humanity's changing attitudes toward female deities …. A wonderfully readable synthesis, this monumental study is packed with scores of riveting illustrations. It will serve as a source book for students of myth, feminists and those seeking to balance and integrate masculine and feminine components of their psyche."

Publishers Weekly May 1992


--"..a stunning achievement, the sweeping story of the intellectual, social and cultural history of humanity. This extraordinary book provides the mirror in which we can see more clearly who we are and how we arrived here."

Natural Science Book Club

"  "This generous and ambitious study - is packed with knowledge from a heaped board of sources, and presents a historical chronology for the "evolution" of the subtitle. But like the cross-dressed heroine of a chivalric romance, it really records, not the story of the past, but a quest for the buried Grail of the feminine, which will heal the self-inflicted wounds humanity continues to open and re-open."

Marina Warner, author 'Alone of all Her Sex'

----"This is the ultimate that has been written on the myth of the Goddess so far, a powerful and most complete synthesis of what we know about the goddess between the Upper Palaeolithic and modern times. The book is a clear and masterful presentation in fifteen chapters of the flourishing Goddess religion in Upper Palaeolithic and Neolithic times; its demise during the Bronze Age caused by the infiltration's of patriarchal Indo-Europeans and Semitic peoples in the Near East and Europe; a cruel and total dethronement during the Iron Age; and ultimately, the irresistible rise of the goddess as Sophia and Virgin Mary as an indestructible archetype needed for the fullness of life in an unbalanced patriarchal society. Each chapter is an indispensable part of the whole and yet each can be read as a separate book.
-----This Magnum Opus will serve as a sourcebook and a guide for many coming years. It will be an indispensable source work for historians of religion, philosophers, anthropologists, archaeologists, and everyone else interested in this very important development of religious ideas.
-----The learned and unbiased presentation of the problem will help to overcome the fear of the Goddess. Most of all this book will serve as a torch for the future, directing us to an understanding of female and male, goddess and god, not in terms of opposition, but as complementarity."

Marija Gimbutas Professor of Archaeology UCLA

---"Two Jungian analysts' amazingly detailed research has produced an encyclopaedic volume of goddess information. Artifacts are painstakingly documented as the authors trace the fascinating history of goddess worship from the Palaeolithic mother goddess through the great father god of the Iron Age to Eve, Mary, and Sophia. Baring and Cashford describe the metamorphosis of the original creator goddess into a male god image during the Christian Era, from Wisdom/Sophia/Hockhmah, to the incorporation of the archetypal feminine image associated with Christ as Logos, the Word of God, and finally to the Holy Spirit of the Trinity. The authors explain that these fluctuations in deity illustrate the "soul's constant attempt to restore relationship and balance between the feminine and masculine archetypes reflected in the images of goddess and god. Excellent and complete index and bibliography. A valuable scholarly reference for anyone's library as well as fascinating reading."

Evelyn Byers Suries, SBC BOOKNEWS

---"This brilliant and penetrating study will surely be recognised as a landmark in its field…Here we have the evolution of consciousness presented through mythic images, which are generously illustrated in the text. The authors are both Jungian analysts with experience between them in the fields of art, history, literature, mythology and philosophy. Their work can be seen as an extension of Jung's own psycho-historical approach and that of his follower Erich Neumann, author of the classic books "The Origins and History of Consciousness" and "The Great Mother." It assumes immense topical importance because it addresses perhaps the central psychological task of our time, namely the reconciliation or marriage of the masculine and feminine principles…
---In their final chapter, the authors summarise their perspective and call for a restructuring of consciousness so as to permit the sacred marriage, the reconciliation of masculine and feminine, transcendence and immanence, spirit and nature. The key insight is no longer to think in terms of 'opposites that tend to conflict, but as complements that tend to relate'; to advance from dualism and opposition to duality and complementarity. They draw on Owen Barfield's useful distinction between the 'original participation' of prehistory and 'final participation', which involves a conscious rediscovery of the connectedness of humanity and nature. Mentally, this means attributing much greater significance to image, feeling and intuition and seeing life as an organic whole; such is the message, quoted on the first and last pages, of Chief Seattle. From what I have written here, I hope to have conveyed that this book is a major contribution to our contemporary self-understanding and the need to achieve an integrated view of life."

The Scientific and Medical Network Review 1993

 

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