When God was a Woman

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978 - Religion - 265 pages
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Here, archeologically documented, is the story of the religion of the Goddess. Known by many names--Astarte, Isis, Ishtar, among others--she reigned supreme in the Near and Middle East. Beyond being worshiped for fertility, she was revered as the wise creator and the one source of universal order. Under her, women's roles differed markedly from those in patriarchal Judeo-Christian cultures. Women bought and sold property was passed from mother to daughter. How did the change come about? By documenting the wholesale rewriting of myth and religious dogmas, Merlin Stone details a most ancient conspiracy: the patriarchal re-imagining of the Goddess as a wanton, depraved figure. This is the portrait that laid the foundation for one of culture's greatest shams--the legend of Adam and fallen Eve.

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User Review  - Alana Cash - Goodreads

This book is amazing! The writer did a lot of research about the history of religion in various areas of the world and how the worship of the goddess was surpressed and/or incorporated into ... Read full review

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User Review  - Janet Parfitt - Goodreads

I thought this book was extremely factual and interesting. It details how the original matriarchal religions were destroyed by later patriarchal religions and goes on to describe how this affected the treatment of women in general. A really eye-opening read! Read full review

About the author (1978)

Merlin Stone (September 27, 1931 - February 23, 2011) was an American author, sculptor, and professor of art and art history.

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