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  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books,US; 1st Harvest/HBJ Ed edition (4 May 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 015696158X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156961585
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Near fine paperback copy. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. ; 265 pages; Description: xxvii, 265 p. , [8] leaves of plates : ill. ; 21 cm. Subjects: Women and religion.


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This is a very indepth book,intelligently written, telling the history of how the worship of Goddesses was suppressed and cast into the shadows,along with woman's right's.
It contains some beautiful photos of old statues.
Be warned though,if you have even a pinch of feminism within you there's parts that will make you angry.
A good read to shed light on why things are the way they are for today's women.
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It's true that Merline Stone is not a professional archaeologist, but she has researched sources for us and this book is a great starting place for the lay person interested in what ancient religious life was really like. For people who have been so indoctrinated to believe that men have always ruled and that way it natural, this is an eye-opener.
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Fascinating look at the religious history of the human species. Stone dares to research thoroughly and to examine that evidence honestly, knowing that the truth is nothing to be feared. Stone presents the evidence, and suggests, allowing the reader to use intelligence and draw conclusions for her/himself. If some of the middle chapters seem slow going, it is only the calm before the storm as the evidence gathers to its conclusions. Stone is NOT alone in these researches or in her conclusions; respected scholars such as Joseph Campbell and M. Gimbutas and a host of others have also tread this path. Hers is simply a superbly researched presentation which is respectful of the reader. It is very difficult for many, even scholars, to have the courage and honesty to examine deeply-held prejudices and preconceptions; those who are willing to do so will find this book thrilling.
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My wife and I were raised in a strict bible upbringing, and it was my wife who kept insisting life was not fair as a woman. I had no problem of course, as men enjoy automatic supremecy in church with the bible backing you up to silence and supress women. I am what they call a backslider now, and this book affirms what my wife has suspected for a long time. Other religions share the man is central theme, and I loved reading what was always there but not completely destroyed by invaders. I look forward to learning more truth about what really happened
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In light of the recent decision by the board of education in Kansas, I now know that we truly live in a society of ignorance. The historical evidence presented in this book is well-researched and I don't feel as though any is taken out of context. I can see why Christians and Jews would take offense to this book because it threatens their supposed one true god. Stone goes point by point taking apart the origin of their religion through the destruction of what had existed as a belief system for eons. Could something had existed before Adam & Eve? Perish the thought! I feel closer to the Goddess now and how things used to be thousands of years ago than I ever did in 10 years of Luthern Sunday School and confirmation class. As for the state of Kansas, I pity the students for they will make ignorant adults when evolution ceases to be taught. Its just another example of "accidental or intentional censorship" of ideas outside of Christian thought. I am truly disgusted with those who are in positions of power nowadays. It is so reminiscent of those long ago patriarchal invaders who propagate their own opinions by making people think its how "its always been."
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For those who have ears to hear and eyes to see and a mind that is open, imagine the world through the feminine soul, of woman born we are; not man! When one begins to read the bible, it becomes obvious rather quickly, the Agenda of the male hagiographer: The knowledge of the fruit of the tree[of the Goddess] of Good and Evil is Overpowering. This knowledge is the power of sexuality and abundance. We cannot have the women running rampant with their desires. We must control sexuality by controlling women and their children. We have been living with these belief systems for over 2000 years! Throughout the old testament, the authors routinely condemn and curse women. There must be a reason for this, unless you are purely a misogynistic fundatmentalist and believe in the rib myth. The reason the authors in the bible write about women in such a derogatory manner is their attempt to eliminate completely any allegiance to the so-called fertility 'cults'i.e. Goddess Worship. Many women even after the time of Christ were still practicing some of the old ways of Diana. The bible authors wanted to retell the story of creation so as to firmly implant in the minds of the people that women were to be restricted and controlled or else they would corrupt nations! Why this great repression of the feminine? Just as any conqueror rewrites his/herstory, the bible authors[men]needed to insure their victory. This is political propaganda at its best. When you tell someone long and loud enough that they are unworthy of ruling,they are unclean, and they are only here to serve their masters[MEN]over time they will believe it. The Goddess embraces all sexuality and abundance. Many women had children as part of offering their sexuality to the Goddess in the temple[Esphesus].Read more ›
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