The Double Goddess: Women Sharing Power
Inner Traditions / Bear & Co, 2003/06/19 - 282 ページ
The first book to seriously study the double goddess that figures prominently in Neolithic and Bronze Age cultures.
• Offers an important symbol for modern women seeking to reconnect with their ancient, integral sense of self and wholeness.
• Presents an archetype for the sacred potential of female bonding, whether between mother and daughter, teacher and student, friends, or lovers.
• Illustrated with 149 examples of double goddess images.
Numerous figures depicting two women in intimate relation with one another, or as a single body with two heads, have been discovered in important centers of early civilizations such as Catal Huyuk and Gozo. These have been routinely ignored by scholars or dismissed as mere dolls with no sacred connotations whatsoever. Vicki Noble shows, to the contrary, that this double goddess is an ancient icon that can considerably expand our understanding of female sovereignty, as well as provide contemporary women with a way to reconnect with the integral sense of self and wholeness enjoyed by their ancestors.
Ancient Goddess religion was informed by the organic cycles of nature--the dual poles of Life and Death. The double goddess represents phenomena such as the Earth-Moon pair, the Upper-Underworld pair, the Summer and Winter poles of the seasonal year, and the dual poles of the female biological reality of menstruation and ovulation--the dark and the light. The double goddess in all her varied forms also depicts the vast array of potential relationships women can form with themselves and each other. This book is a celebration of an archetype that not only empowers women, but also teaches them how to share that power with each other.
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Enigmatic figurines of "double goddesses"-two women depicted intertwined or as a single body with two heads-have been unearthed by archaeologists investigating different ancient civilizations around ... レビュー全文を読む
Aegean Alaca Höyük Amazon Queens Anatolia ancient archaeologists Artemis artifacts Athena Bird Goddess birth Black Sea boar's tusk Buddhism bull-leapers burial buried Çatalhöyük cave central Crete cult culture Cycladic Islands dakinis dancing Davis—Kimball depicted divine Double Axe Double Goddess Double Goddess figures early Egypt excavated Eye Goddess famous female figurines fifth century B.C.E. gender Gimbutas girdle gold Greece Greek head headdress healing Hera Hittite Hurrian Ibid images Inanna India Iron Age Knossos late Bronze Age leopards lesbian lineage Maenads magical male Marija Gimbutas Medea Mellaart Minoan mirror Mother Motherpeace murals Museum Mycenae Mycenaean necklace Neolithic oracular painted practices priestesses religion religious rites ritual sacred Sauromatian scholars Scythian second millennium B.C.E. sexual shaman shaman women shamanistic shows shrine Silk Road snake symbol tantric Tarim Basin Tell Brak temple third millennium B.C.E. Thracian Tibet Tibetan Buddhist tomb tradition Tsogyal Turkey unearthed vase Vinča wearing woman yoginis