By Jean Markale
• A learn of the primordial determine of the nice Goddess and her persisted worship via time as proven by way of the myths, shrines, and sanctuaries around the globe that honor this strong image of construction.
• A famous historian on pre-Christian societies presents an in depth all over the world directory of websites and sanctuaries linked to goddess worship.
• Explores goddess worship in cultures worldwide, together with local American, Egyptian, Indian, and Oriental civilizations.
• Demonstrates that even though her worship has occasionally been compelled underground it hasn't ever disappeared.
In historical Babylon she used to be Anat, in Egypt, Isis and Hathor, Dana in Celtic eire, Rhea and Demeter in Greece, and in India, Anapurna the supplier. She is the nice Goddess, the Goddess of Beginnings, the logo of Earth and the giver of lifestyles, the monstrous mom, who represents the entire powers and mysteries of construction for early humanity.
Shifting her sun organization onto masculine deities and blackening these of her symbols that, just like the serpent, couldn't be assimilated, patriarchal societies compelled the preeminent strength of the female into an vague and subservient place. but, as proven by way of famous pupil Jean Markale, the Goddess didn't easily disappear while her place was once usurped, and the ability she represents has been the resource of constant non secular devotion from precedent days throughout the heart a long time as much as the current day.
In the plethora of myths, websites, and sanctuaries dedicated to this robust determine, The nice Goddess offers plentiful proof of the intense permanence of her worship--even on the middle of these religions that attempted to damage her.
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And if I did find them — women ranging from their late seventies to mid-nineties — was it not unconscionably intrusive to barge into their ordered lives with demands on their time and memory? I had gathered a list of names (which in time would multiply several times over) and, just on the off chance, I looked them up in my Manhattan telephone book. I found two! That the first was within walking distance seemed a good omen; I called and, yes, this was the Irene Corbally Kuhn who had reported from the Pacific in the 1930s and, yes, she would love to talk with me.
They wrote of the young wounded far from home and of civilian victims close to home — families torn apart, old people cold and tired and homeless, mothers desperate for food for their children, children hungry and hurting and afraid. In some ways frontline reporting, which opened up for many women in the final months of the war, was easier. But both could be heartbreaking. This book is not only about what the women saw and reported in their dispatches; it is also about that side of their lives they did not write about — their relationships with colleagues, buddies, lovers; what kept them sane in bad moments (or, alternatively, drove them crazy).
I found no one inured to the horror of what she had witnessed. Barred from press briefings until late in the war, women reporters began by writing of the less combative side of the conflict — of the daily heroism of the medics, the miracles the doctors performed, how caring (even when bone-tired) the nurses were. They wrote of the young wounded far from home and of civilian victims close to home — families torn apart, old people cold and tired and homeless, mothers desperate for food for their children, children hungry and hurting and afraid.