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The Irish Bull God: Image of Integrated Masculinity Paperback – 12 Mar 2004

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Inner City Books (12 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894574087
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894574082
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 389,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Contemporary western culture is seeking a new paradigm of manliness relevant to both men and women, at all stages of life. More and more we question the models provided by our personal and collective fathers. We have been trapped in too narrow a definition of the masculine and are ready for a new one - one that does not diminish the essence of maleness, but is also broader than the limits of toughness, defensiveness, rigidity, rationality, and aggression.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oscar Del Santo on 1 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
Building on the success of her previous book Celtic Queen Maeve and Addiction: An Archetypal Perspective (Jung on the Hudson Book Series), American psychotherapist and Jungian scholar Sylvia Brinton Perera comes back to pagan, pre-Christian Ireland to explore the archetypal image of the Dagda, the bull god who lives in atunement with the cosmos and is the respectful of and equal consort to three goddesses.

The Dagda symbolizes aspects of masculinity that Brinton feels are superior to the patrifocal, Judaeo-Christian, feminine and intuitive-deriding heroic model we are enmeshed in. Using a number of practical examples from issues brought up by her clients in psychotherapy, Brinton presents the Dagda as an ideal archetypal model to conform to, one that 'holds yang and yin energies in balance to convey an image of the full masculine' and that helps to align us with the cycles of the Earth and the Cosmos. Manifesting often through our wounds, the Dagda - according to Brinton - 'provides the potential to radically restructure the ego complex itself' and reconnect us with the matrix.

A sadly too short clarion call for a transformative, flexible, earth and feminine-honouring masculinity that promises to restore our balance and our sanity.
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An astutely researched and superbly reasoned study 7 Mar. 2004
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Irish Bull God: Image Of Multiform And Integral Masculinity is a scholarly exploration by Sylvia Brinton Perera of contemporary Western culture's need for a paradigm of maleness that best serves men and women at all stages of life. In an era that increasingly questions or rejects the images of masculinity put forth by its individual and collective fathers, The Irish Bull God: Image Of Multiform And Integral Masculinity is an astutely researched and superbly reasoned study of human psychology, identity, and changing societal needs. Also very highly recommended is Sylvia Perera's three earlier works: Descent To The Goddess: A Way Of Initiation For Women; The Scapegoat Complex: Toward A Mythology Of Shadow And Guilt; and Celtic Queen Maeve And Addiction.
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Five Stars 23 April 2015
By Colette Kavanagh - Published on Amazon.com
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