Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines

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ABC-CLIO, Dec 18, 2009 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 641 pages
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Drawn from a variety of sources ranging from classical literature to early ethnographies to contemporary interpretations, the Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines provides a comprehensive introduction to the ways goddess figures have been viewed through the ages. This unique encyclopedia of over thousands of figures of feminine divinity describes the myths and attributes of goddesses and female spiritual powers from around the world.

The two-volume set is organized by culture and religion, exploring the role of women in each culture's religious life and introducing readers to the background of each pantheon, as well as the individual figures who peopled it. Alternative names for important divinities are offered, as are lists of minor goddesses and their attributes. Interest in women's spirituality has grown significantly over the last 30 years, both among those who remain in traditional religions and those who explore spirituality outside those confines. This work speaks to them all.


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Encyclopedia of Goddesses & Heroines

User Review  - Jason L. Steagall - Book Verdict

The late Monaghan's (interdisciplinary studies, DePaul Univ.; The Book of Goddesses and Heroines) 2009 two-volume set is condensed here into a single volume, maintaining its usefulness but losing the ... Read full review

Review: Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines, 2-Volume Set

User Review  - AK Anderson - Goodreads

Yes. This is a reference book. Yes. I read it cover to cover. I recommend at least skimming the geographical sections all at once to spot the patterns. Read full review

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Patricia Monaghan passed away on November 11, 2012. She was a Pushcart Prize awarded poet, scholar, spiritual leader, and activist. A professor of inter-disciplinary studies at DePaul University, Patricia had over twenty books published. She was concerned about the lack of spirituality in our society and addressed that in co- founding the Black Earth Institute composed of artists and scholars to direct art in the causes of spirituality, the environment and social justice (www.blackearthinstitute.org). Again to address this issue, this time in relation to academia, she co-founded the Association for the Study of Woman and Mythology to recognize and promote well researched work in the field and to mentor young scholars. Patricia finished MARY: A LIFE IN VERSE (Dos Madres Press, 2014) shortly before she died.