The Goddess Obscured: Transformation of the Grain Protectress from Goddess to Saint

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Beacon Press, 1988 - Art - 188 pages
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Recounts the story of the grain protectress, an image that has persisted from the ancient Near East to the classical world and still survives in folksongs and village celebrations today.
  

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If you have ever wondered about how ancient goddesses like Brigid became syncretized with Christian figures like St. Brigid, I highly recommend this book. It's clear, concise for an academic tome, well-researched, authoritative and absolutely fascinating. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Goddess in the North
25
The Mother Goddess in Art from Antiquity
37
From Goddess to Saint
49
Folk Figures
77
From Goddess to Virgin Mary
89
The Grain Miracle in Medieval Art
105
The Grain Miracle in Folklore
127
Conclusion
145
Index
171
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Berger is associate professor of art history at Boston College.

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