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Savage Breast: One Man's Search for the Goddess

Savage Breast: One Man's Search for the Goddess [Kindle Edition]

Tim Ward
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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"A brutally honest and passionate account of one man’s odyssey as he searches to reconcile himself with the goddess." -- Tom Harpur, author of The Pagan Christ

"A fascinating and honest exploration of one man's venture into the realms of the divine feminine...a valuable contribution" -- Lucinda Vardey, author of God in All Worlds

"A powerful account of one man's relationship with the ancient goddesses of Europe. -- Richard Rudgley, Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age

"Savage Breast is ballsy, entertaining, adventuresome, wild, scholarly, sexy, and deep." -- Helen Knode, author of The Ticket Out

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THE DA VINCI CODE tapped a deep fascination for the sacred feminine hidden at the heart of Christianity. Best-selling author Tim Ward digs deeper into this mystery, propelling the reader into the pre-Christian Goddess religions of the Mediterranean. Ward confronts tough questions * Are men threatened by the innate power of the feminine? * Why do men abuse, rape, and dominate women? Shouldnt loving relationships with the opposite sex be natural and easy? * Did we all lose an essential part of ourselves when we turned our back on the feminine divine? * How would opening to the feminine face of God help men resolve their issues with women? * What would it take for men to really let go of patriarchy and genuinely accept women as equals?To answer these questions, Ward decided to seek out the Goddess, with his own demons in tow. Over a period of three years he travelled to the ruined temples and shrines of the Goddess in the cradles of Western Civilization. At each he encountered one aspect of the many faces of the Goddess. He vividly recreates the experience of ancient believers the Eleusinian Mysteries of Demeter, the sexual rites of the priestesses of Aphrodite, and a human sacrifice on a mountaintop shrine in Crete. And in Turkey he sits at the feet of the many-breasted Artemis of Ephesus, whose rioting followers once threatened to kill the Apostle Paul. Facing the Goddess unleashes turbulent emotions for Ward. With frank honesty he describes the traumas that erupt in his relationship with the woman he loves, who accompanied him on many of his journeys.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8117 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: O-Books (13 April 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085NZQHG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #753,851 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good history and archeology, but... 16 July 2009
I enjoyed all the historical and archeological information in this book and marked places in our atlas for that "someday" we would be able to visit some of these great sites from our human past, but I found myself starting to skip over the personal parts where he was talking about his neurotic obsession with his difficulty in relating to women. He makes it sound like it is something that is common in men, but it certainly isn't to me, but then as a gay man maybe I just look at women as people and I enjoy their company. Maybe it is a heterosexual male problem. Whatever it is I do think the author, whose book I have enjoyed reading "What the Buddha never Taught", needs some serious therapy and needs to lighten up. He sounds like he actually enjoys his anger, rage and resentment of women all the while he craves their adulation and attention. That part of the book was beyond boring. And when he begins to "heal" from his exposure to different legends and stories and being in the presence of goddess statues etc. it all surpasses boring and becomes way too shallowly silly.

I would recommend the book to anyone who is interested in history of goddesses in human religion context and in archeological descriptions of ancient and fascinating sites scattered over the world. There is a lot on these subjects in this thick book. Just skip the parts when he starts to talk about his personal neuroses and begin the next chapter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing the Goddess into the 21st century 10 Jan 2007
I savoured the closely packed information and scholarship of this book. I took it to Turkey but a friend nabbed it and read it cover to cover. She loved the insight it gave her into male perceptions of women and the honesty and committment of the author in unravelling this.

Personally I like the readability combined with the thoroughness and very well researched details of a wide range of our (mostly European and Near Eastern) Goddess Herstory. Tim carefully explores evidence and theories of the decline of the Goddess, the emergence of patriarchal cultures and the continuity of the sacred feminine through the Virgin Mary. Myself, I could have done without the personal relationship theme though it clearly broadens the appeal of the book and anything that helps both women and men to heal the damage of patriarchy is welcomed. Savage Breast brings the Goddess to the people in a way that many more terse texts do not. As a writer and researcher of our Goddess past (Evasdaughter, S. Crete Reclaimed, Heart of Albion Press 1996) there is much information that I am familiar with but I was pleased to find a good deal that was new to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and courageous... 29 Sep 2006
I LOVED this book and enjoyed every minute of reading it. I have been a follower of the Goddess for many years but it was so refreshing to read such a raw, honest and thought-provoking book about a journey to connect with Her primal energy and I learnt so much about men and my own relationship with them by reading it. I was stunned and still haven't recovered!
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