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The Double Goddess: Women Sharing Power [Paperback]

Vicki Noble

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The Double Goddess A study of the "double goddess" iconography prominent in Neolithic and Bronze Age cultures that expands our understanding of female sovereignty. Celebrates this archetype of sacred female bonding and depicts a vast array of relationships women may form with themselves and each other to explore a sense of self and empowerment, and to share power with each other. Full description

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Double Goddess 29 Aug 2003
By Katherine Reimer - Published on
With this book, Vicki Noble moves us towards that nurturing, loving culture we so desperately want. Throughout "The Double Goddess: Women Sharing Power" are extraordinarily beautiful images of Neolithic and Bronze Age women, side-by-side. According to Noble, these figurines refer to the dual poles of the female, the ceaseless rhythms between bleeding and ovulation, life and death, dark and light, feminine yin and feminine yang, priestess and Amazon. This radical internal polarity gives us our diversity and unity as women, enabling us to break free from stereotypes and allowing us to be innovative, carrying new ideas into embodied existence and giving them shape.
As a professor of Women's Spirituality at universities in Tokyo, I will use "The Double Goddess: Women Sharing Power" in the classroom, as I have Vicki Noble's other books, "Shakti Woman: Feeling Our Fire, Healing Our Earth" and "Motherpeace: A Way to the Goddess Through Myth, Art and Tarot."
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable! 2 May 2004
By Faith Freewoman - Published on
Ms. Noble's courage and penetrating intelligence shine through every word of this remarkable, ground-breaking exploration of the history and imagery of the feminine shamanic psyche.
She speaks with compassion from the wisdom of where she lives: in the very depths of where most of us dare not go. Starhawk, Riane Eisler and Maria Gjimbutas have all guided us to this place!
27 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Meet the new boss, same as the old boss 8 July 2004
By Kelly (Fantasy Literature) - Published on
I bought this book sight unseen, believing it to be a book about pairs of goddesses worshipped in the ancient world. It could have been great--it could have dealt with double goddesses such as Demeter/Persephone, Isis/Nephthys, and Inanna/Ereshkigal. And at first, that's what it seems to be. Noble draws on Jungian ideas and talks about the "bright" ovulatory half of women's cycles, and also the "dark" menstrual side of the cycle, and how this relates to double goddesses where one governs life and the other death. So far, so good.
But Noble strays too far from the facts and wanders into pseudohistory and fanaticism. She uses statues of paired women from prehistoric times, and sometimes even statues of paired androgynous figures, to "prove" that all societies in prehistoric times were ruled by Dual Queens, one presiding over war and the other over spirituality and peace. She also posits that this should be the case again, with all peoples ruled by Dual Queens, and males reduced to something like breeding stock.
I seem to remember, in her earlier book Motherpeace, that the Emperor and the Hierophant were presented as negative images, and that the Emperor and Hierophant were like "Dual Kings" of patriarchal society, ruling respectively over war and religion. And these men oppressed women, forbidding them any important place in the world, and treated them as nothing but baby-makers. How is is any better if it's women doing the sexist oppression?
This book isn't doing me any favors as a feminist or as a pagan. I don't want women to trample all over men. I want equality. And I think I speak for the majority.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vicki Noble offers groundbreaking book 20 Nov 2005
By Keep it real - Published on
Vicki Noble has given us an indepth and detailed look into the rich archeological discoveries of female representations that help us to understand and explore woman's roles and knowledge at a time when woman were publicly prominent as healers and leaders. These historic double goddess figures have never before been documented like this!! This is original research done by the author herself in collaboration with other prominent scholar's work. This manuscript, complete with drawings of the figures, offers a wide historical glimpse of too often ignored and deliberately hidden cultural practices that affirm women. While reading this book I felt stimulated and inspired to reaffirm my committment to myself not to shrink in deference to the status quo but to let myself be a woman who helps to shape our society into a more livable nurturing one. The book offers positive historic female role models and affirms embodied numinous and female shamanic healing states that the unearthing of these powerful double goddess and other goddess figures have reaffirmed. Vicki Noble's work is profoundly needed in a time of backlash against all of the important progress that has been made toward equality in the US.
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