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The Ancient British Goddess: Goddess Myths, Legends, Sacred Sites and Present Revelations [Paperback]

Kathy Jones
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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Counter Culture* (1 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0953663191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953663194
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 18.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,958,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Different ... 5 Sep 2007
I have to say that this book certainly got my attention both for good and for bad reasons. As someone who studies British Prehistory and its archaeology, those who know me, know it does get my back up when people claim that `this' was exactly how rituals were done in the prehistoric era and `why' the monuments were built etc. Having said that the book does capture the imagination and rather than using the Wheel of the Year uses a British Medicine Wheel, fortunately not based too closely to the Native American one.

The author has used a lot of guess work and stated it as fact, particularly for things of which there can be no record. Yet ignoring this, she really does believe things to have been this way and it does give the book an endearing quality. It is refreshing to see a book that ignores Wicca and deals with the Goddess of the land in her many forms and away from the usual portrayals. The Goddess is discussed in her many different British guises and in ways not usually associated with the British Goddess, including being depicted as sows and cows. In this book, Brigit holds the white rod of power throughout Spring and Summer and Cailleach takes it over at Samhain and transforms it in a black rod for autumn and winter which is not a concept that I have come across before.

There are many photographs and unusual illustrations throughout the book. I was left not being totally sure what category this book falls into, and although the author does seem to have an obsession with the vulva of the Goddess being found everywhere in the landscape, it is not feministic, nor new age either. The author tries to capture the Goddess and her portrayal throughout prehistory, and how she is still found in the landscape today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing work 7 Dec 2005
By C. Draves - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of my most treasured Goddess books of all time. It is both informative and inspiring. The author clearly knows the stories and living myth of her land. Rarely are the traditions which have endured for thousands of years so clearly and intimately articulated. In this book, we get a glimps into what is known on the subject through a tapestry of oral tradition, archeology, and scholarly research on the subject. The book is also full of unique and beautiful illustrations and photographs, bringing the words alive. As a long time student of what is termed womens spirituality, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject as an original and spirited work with information found no where else.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent information.. 20 Sep 2013
By Tammy Grimard-Rutherford - Published on Amazon.com
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..the only reason I don't absolutely LOVE it is because I was expecting more colour photos to add to the richness. I feel that's really important for me but some may not feel that they need this. I do love the information and the photos that were included. It's an excellent resource for someone exploring the British Goddess in her many different forms.
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