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Return of the Great Goddess [Hardcover]

Muten Burleigh
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1 Oct 1994
From Sappho to Judy Chicago, from the late Egyptian era to Audrey Flack, this anthology of fine art reproductions and literary excerpts proclaims the strength and majesty of the feminine experience. The images and messages remind women of their spiritual heritage, their innate wisdom, the integrity of the female body and its rites of passage, and the growing global community of women who celebrate the return of a female deity.
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  • Hardcover: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc (1 Oct 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570620342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570620348
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,052,106 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Burleigh Muten is the founder of 'Hands of the Goddess Press', which published her 'Return of the Goddess' calendars upon which this book is based. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Goddess Contemplation Book 17 May 2006
Format:Paperback
This little book is a collection of images and words that expresses, in some special way, a connection between the Great Goddess Mother and those who seek Her out.

The editor herself is the founder of Hands of the Goddess Press, which published the calendars that this book mirrors. The layout of the book is similar: a page of text with an image opposite it. The copyright of this book is 1994, and it is published in Ireland.

So, looking at what the editor writes in the introduction, we hear a very feminist point of view, expressing delight at the return of the Goddess figure in our society and discussing the movement to restore Her to a place of respect. She discusses the Hindu tradition of Darshan, or the consideration of an image of the Divine as not so much a symbol but the real thing. This book is filled with images that are meant to be symbolic of the Divine Feminine, are to be considered the Mother Goddess Herself.

As you page through the book, you will see images in paint, statues, and photos of the feminine. Most of them lend themselves to the idea sought by the editor. There are a couple of photos of some women who have had an influence on our feminine culture.

As you leaf through the photos, you will see images of art that represent the Divine Mother, and they are for the most part well chosen and do inspire.

The other part to this is the text, which is a mix of quotes, passages, poems and moments of consideration of the expressions of various well known authors on the meaning of the Great Mother Goddess and the Divine Feminine. There are excerpts of stories, lovely thought concepts, ideas and poems to read, contemplate and meditate upon. Some of them are moving and some are surprising. Some might be considered a bit driven.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have read! 18 Nov 1998
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This book was given to me as a gift. I haven't stopped reading since I first opened the cover. This collection of quotations, poetry, essays, etc. regarding female power and spirituality says all the right things and you don't shrink back at any of it. The artwork is pertinent and adds to the feeling engendered by the words. Any time you feel down or tiny, pick up this book and you will feel priveleged and powerful in no time. You owe yourself this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A visual and spiritual treat! 23 May 1999
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I like to keep this book by my bedside and open it at random right before I go to sleep. I read the quote and look at the image, as my last thought of the day. I find the imagery powerful and empowering, and the quotes are insightful. This is not just a book for women, it is something that my husband also appreciates. This makes a great gift for special friends, and it is especially nice as a Mother's Day present.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A visual and spiritual treat! 23 May 1999
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Format:Paperback
I like to keep this book by my bedside and open it at random right before I go to sleep. I read the quote and look at the image, as my last thought of the day. I find the imagery powerful and empowering, and the quotes are insightful. This is not just a book for women, it is something that my husband also appreciates. This makes a great gift for special friends, and it is especially nice as a Mother's Day present.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift of a lifetime 1 Sep 2001
By Connie Hanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My husband presented this book to me as an anniversary gift, so I must credit him with awakening my own Goddess Within. I keep this book next to our bed and when I need stregnth I open it's pages and find exquisite artwork, inspiring prose, moving poetry. It never fails to lift me and it is my pleasure to have given at least a dozen copies of this book to others who might benefit from it's beauty and wisdom. Blessings to all...
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have read! 18 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book was given to me as a gift. I haven't stopped reading since I first opened the cover. This collection of quotations, poetry, essays, etc. regarding female power and spirituality says all the right things and you don't shrink back at any of it. The artwork is pertinent and adds to the feeling engendered by the words. Any time you feel down or tiny, pick up this book and you will feel priveleged and powerful in no time. You owe yourself this book!
5.0 out of 5 stars fatastic! 15 Feb 2013
By Jade Samuri - Published on Amazon.com
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this is the first collection of Goddess poetry and prose that I have ever seen..it is astounding. This is a MUST for any collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, Loved It 8 Dec 2012
By Charles Curtis - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful collection of writings and art celebrating the feminine in a healthy way. When there is so much writing about sexuality and gender which is either apologetic or guilt-ridden or expressive but in a self-conscious way, it is refreshing to read this book which is unapologetic, totally without guilt, and completely unselfconscious in its celebrating of the true nature of women.
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