The image of a Mother Goddess who embodies all the processes of nature has proved to be one of the most resonant and influential symbols of the 20th century. The Goddess is today a potent figurehead for feminists, Paganists and environmentalists, as well as for countless others concerned about finding a more harmonious way to live in the modern world. This book is an exploration of Goddess worship in different cultures from the Palaeolithic period to the present day. Beginning with an examination of ancient Goddess worship in the light of the discoveries of the last two centuries, the text moves on to explore the Goddess's role in the fertility of the earth and humankind, and her sexual function in relation to the preservation of the cosmos. The final chapter discusses the tremendous resurgence of interest in Goddess worship in the modern age.--From publisher description.
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