Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects Hardcover – 1 Jan 1996
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About the Author
Barbara G. Walker, author of The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects, and many other books, is a member of the Morris Museum Mineralogical Society and the Trailside Mineral Club of the New Jersey Earth Science Association. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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As someone who teaches interpretation of symbology in spiritual work, Barbara Walker's book has been invaluable and is a major recommendation to all course participants.
I have yet to find a better book on symbology
Frankly, I think this book was churned out in order to cash in on the success of the Myths and Secrets book. A lot of the material in it is a re-hashing of that book, which I personally can't recommend enough. It really realigned my whole perception of all different kinds of religious and cultural stuff, and I sincerely recommend that if you're wondering whether or not to buy this book or that one, go get the Myths and Secrets one instead. I don't think this adds substantially to her work.
When I first read this book about 10 years ago, I found it fascinating and quite inspiring, though I was somewhat doubtful of the "facts" contained within it. When I showed it to someone who'd studied Sanskrit, and he saw that she'd translated "swastika" as "so mote it be," he pointed out that she'd obviously made that up, as "swastika" really means "small lucky thing." Many of her other etymologies are just as made-up as the one for "swastika," such as her etymology of "Jehovah" as "I, Woman."
It's hard to believe that there are some who take this work seriously, beyond as an inspiration for non-critically thinking Goddess-worshippers. You don't have to be a "patriarchal monotheist" to realize that Walker is no scholar and that her writings do much more to discredit Paganism (Neo- or otherwise) than any fundamentalist Christian's rantings and ravings against the subject.
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