The Fifth Sacred Thing Paperback – 31 Jul 1994
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‘Slated to be one of the great visionary utopian novels of the century.’
Marion Zimmer Bradley
‘This is wisdom wrapped in drama.’
Tom Hayden, California state senator
From the Back Cover
It is San Francisco, 2048. Priestess Maya Greenwood lives in a tight-knit community run on ecological principles, without poverty, hunger, or hatred, where a rich culture honours its diverse mix of races, religions and sexual orientations, and the Four Sacred Things that sustain life – earth, air, fire and water – are valued above all. The Fifth is Spirit.
In this, Starhawk’s first novel, Maya Greenwood suddenly finds her idyllic world threatened by invasion from the militaristic state to the north: a nightmare place where a totalitarian regime polices a corrupt apartheid state. How can her community, which doesn’t believe in violence, defend themselves?
California is poised to become a battleground between two clashing cultures, and the outcome rests on the wisdom and courage of the community, and particularly in the strength and vision of the extraordinary Priestess Maya. In the tradition of Margaret Atwood’s 'The Handmaid’s Tale', Starhawk’s visionary novel creates a complex fictional reality about love and war, freedom and slavery, and the future of the living planet.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product Description
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A powerful tale of a community without poverty, hunger, or hatred, rich in diversity of culture, race, religion and sexual orientation, honouring the Four Sacred Things that sustain life – Earth, Air, Fire and Water – above all. In this context nurturing the Fifth sacred thing which is Spirit, the Earths, theirs, yours and ours.
Against this community, the sociopathic Stewards from the militaristic state to the north: a nightmare place where a totalitarian regime polices a corrupt apartheid state. With their psuedo religious oppression and control of water for profit, of medicines to make people obey the party line, intent on ravaging the communities resources (forests they have planted and nurtured, rivers they have cleansed, farmlands they have tended) and enslaving their people.
How can the community, which doesn’t believe in violence, defend themselves? Two cultures clash and the outcome rests on the wisdom and courage of the community and particularly in the strength and vision of the extraordinary Priestess Maya. An inspirational novel about love and war, freedom and slavery, and the future of the living planet. Set in a not too distant future but feeling ever more like modern times, a recommended read for all who have a heart and care to live by its guidance.
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It arrived in a disgusting state, smoke and water damaged with writing inside it and every page was dog eared, not fit to give as a present, which was what I bought it forPublished 7 months ago by Day
The Fifth Sacred Thing is a bad name for a brilliant book. Read it now, you wont regret it.Published 8 months ago by Mr. J. DAVIES-COATES
what an excellent, intelligent book :)
such deep subjects explored, theories experimented with, and thought-provoking possibilities... Read more
I think this book is maybe the greatest thing Starhawk ever did. It's a monument of imagination, where she fully fleshes out the alternative society of her dreams -- how it will... Read morePublished on 14 Jun. 2012 by Brian Griffith
A book that has given me so much inspiration although it is also så cruel, that I nearly vomitted. The dialogues in the book are so full of nuances and answers to many of my own... Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2011 by Mette Millard