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Hathor - move over Isis here's a real woman's Goddess ;),
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This review is from: Hathor Rising: The Serpent Power of Ancient Egypt (Paperback)
I write this review as a pagan - one of those pesky 'new agers' that many other reviewers slam.
I also am a pagan who studied history and ancient history at university so I like to weave my worship and spirituality with academic knowledge and respect for the energies that I am working with. This is why I bought this book, to get to historically understand the Goddess Hathor and her role within Egyptian Mythology and society - not to get a sensationalist view, nor to get the viewpoint that 'what was good about Hathor was given to Isis at a later date therefore she is a lesser goddess' especially when compared to Isis.
So as a newbie to Egyptian historical and archaeological study I found this book to thorough and critical. Lots of wonderful pictures of the tombs, plates and friezes that help piece together an insight into this Goddess and her changing faces throughout the history of Egypt, and then the Osiris-age that happened and the adoption of Isis into everything.
What this book gives you is a very clear and different idea of a Goddess that is far removed from Isis and Bastet (those goddesses the 'new-agers' love). Here we see a Goddess of Love, of Motherhood and Cosmic love, as well as beauty, sex, fertility, passion... as well as the mysteries of healing and re-vitalising pharaohs and their dynasties. There is such a wealth of knowledge and comparison, drawing on the mythology and archaeological evidence to back up any mythology or ideas.
This is an amazing book - on first look it appears a very dry read but actually there is such wealth of knowledge over such a broad time frame. However, what I love about this book is the images. Yes they aren't in colour, however if the book was a colour print it would cost 50quid because of the amount of photographs - and there is nothing stopping you from doing a quick google search and seeing places in full colour if you so wish.
I would highly recommend this book to the academically interested pagans who want to approach a Goddess which is so lovable, challenging and demanding and when you compare her story and her mythology to Isis you really feel and see Egypt in a completely different light. She is a goddess of modern femininity and feminism, she is a goddess who is like an Egyptian Tantric Shakti who dances in the flames of the fire and the clamour of the Sistrum. And this book helped bring that to life for me.
This is such a different goddess to Isis and the myths and archetypes that were made popular in magic by the Golden Dawn and Crowley and his gang - Hathor is life, love and laughter with the unpredictable fiery flames. She is of the Nile and the land, She is the solar flare who surrounds Re and her love heals all, even poor Horus!
This book challenged my preconceptions about ancient Egyptian mythology and its part in our modern psychological and magical development - a must have.