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Hathor Rising: The Serpent Power of Ancient Egypt Paperback – 1 Jan 1995

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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Northgate Publishers (1 Jan. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0952423308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952423300
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 1.5 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Drawing together temple art, myths, rituals and poetry, "Hathor Rising" reveals a rich tradition of feminine divinity. It explores how the sexual polarity of Hathor and the sun god manifests in the Pharaoh's life' as well as Hathor's connection with Isis and the moon cults. The serpent cult was given a new impetus by Hatshepsut, the innovative female Pharaoh whose remarkable reign, early in the 15th century BC, laid the foundations for the cultural splendour of New Kingdom Egypt. Ecstatic, musical, heart-centred - the serpent tradition was interrupted only by the reign of Akhenaten who suppressed much of the serpent cult in favour of a trinitarian father god.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aimée on 10 May 2012
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This is an interesting and quite educational book regarding the history and archaeology of the Ancient Egyptian Goddess 'Hathor'.

The author has a passion about the female divinity within the Ancient Egyptian religion. She follows this through the Goddess Hathor. The book is mainly only about this one Goddess and the importance this Goddess has on many levels. By looking at examples such as temples, engravings and poetry the author guides the reader through the spiritual importance of this female god and transformation she goes through.

The book is divided into 3 parts
Part 1: Rhythm of Change
Part 2: Moon and Sun: Phallic Gods and Solar Transformation
Part 3: Hatshepsut and Akhenaten: The Trinitarian Revolution

The book has many, many photographs and diagrams though none are in colour, which I feel is a shame.

The book is quite dense and aimed more at the academic who is interested in the deeper meaning of this Ancient Egyptian Goddess.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wicce_k VINE VOICE on 4 Mar. 2014
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I write this review as a pagan - one of those pesky 'new agers' that many other reviewers slam.
I also am a pagan who studied history and ancient history at university so I like to weave my worship and spirituality with academic knowledge and respect for the energies that I am working with. This is why I bought this book, to get to historically understand the Goddess Hathor and her role within Egyptian Mythology and society - not to get a sensationalist view, nor to get the viewpoint that 'what was good about Hathor was given to Isis at a later date therefore she is a lesser goddess' especially when compared to Isis.

So as a newbie to Egyptian historical and archaeological study I found this book to thorough and critical. Lots of wonderful pictures of the tombs, plates and friezes that help piece together an insight into this Goddess and her changing faces throughout the history of Egypt, and then the Osiris-age that happened and the adoption of Isis into everything.

What this book gives you is a very clear and different idea of a Goddess that is far removed from Isis and Bastet (those goddesses the 'new-agers' love). Here we see a Goddess of Love, of Motherhood and Cosmic love, as well as beauty, sex, fertility, passion... as well as the mysteries of healing and re-vitalising pharaohs and their dynasties. There is such a wealth of knowledge and comparison, drawing on the mythology and archaeological evidence to back up any mythology or ideas.

This is an amazing book - on first look it appears a very dry read but actually there is such wealth of knowledge over such a broad time frame. However, what I love about this book is the images.
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