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Goddess: Mother of Living Nature (Art and Imagination) [Paperback]

Adele Getty
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29 Oct 1990 Art and Imagination
Describes the role and history of the goddess, the personification of Mother Earth, among the various peoples of the world, and shows some of the ways artists of different cultures have depicted her.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; First Edition edition (29 Oct 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500810338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500810330
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 20.4 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 802,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent study 27 April 2003
Format:Paperback
This book offers a fantastic insight into the presence of the Goddess in art and history. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to explore the history of Goddess culture. It is well documented and written from an anthropological perspective, and still it is always approachable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars An Embarrassment to the Community 22 Jan 2005
By Northern Wren - Published on Amazon.com
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I am very sad to say I was required to read this book as part of a college course in mythology. I do have an interest in the ancient goddess mythos and had looked forward to learning more. Unfortunately, this book is filled with inaccuracies, half truths, uncited sources and unfounded theories which are presented as facts.

The author skips around a lot drawing bits from the history and mythology of several cultures during many eras. From this she pieces together an unsupported construct, using only those facts which relate to her theory and ignoring all the rest.

I would encourage anyone interested in the history of goddess mythology to learn more, just not with this book. It is a sad misrepresentation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sacred as Feminine 11 Aug 2000
By Michael P. McGarry - Published on Amazon.com
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As Adele Getty shows in this magnificent volume, the Goddess has played a far greater role in human spirituality than one might suppose at first glance. In her opening essay, Getty discusses the ancient Goddess religions and their spirituality of rebirth and regeneration. She goes on to discuss the "Patriarchal Inversion", but then demonstrates the ongoing presence of the Goddess in ostensibly patriarchal religions - for example, in what she calls "Unbidden Mariology" in the Christian tradition. The essay closes with considerations of what Goddess Religions might contribute to concerns in the modern world. The second part of the book, "Plates", and the third part of the book, "Themes", present a bewildering array of Goddess images from all over the world. One can learn a great deal about the Goddess simply from flipping through these pictures. Overall, this is a very well done synopsis of the Goddess across cultures and across time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goddess:Mother of Living Nature 24 Aug 2007
By Roy C. Sperbeck - Published on Amazon.com
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An exceptional book, full of ancient examples of our goddess nature.This book is well written, staying true to historical fact, I found it totally absorbing, going back to our most ancient cultures, their wisdom and insightful interpretations of our earth mother, gave me a gift I had been waiting all my life to receive!

For those who wish to again be embraced by their feminine nature, this is a book that I highly recommend. A must read.
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