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More Than 1,000 Goddesses and Heroines from around the World
Groundbreaking scholar Patricia Monaghan spent her life researching, writing about, and documenting goddesses and heroines from all religions and all corners of the globe. Her work demonstrated that from the beginning of recorded history, goddesses reigned alongside their male counterparts as figures of inspiration and awe. Drawing on anthropology, folklore, literature, and psychology, Monaghan’s vibrant and accessible encyclopedia covers female deities from Africa, the eastern Mediterranean, Asia and Oceania, Europe, and the Americas, as well as every major religious tradition.
Patricia Monaghan (19462012) was a pioneer in the contemporary women's spirituality movement and published numerous books on the topic for more than 30 years, including Goddess Paths and The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog. Before retirement, she was an associate professor of interdisciplinary studies at DePaul University in Chicago, and also served as senior fellow at the Black Earth Institute in Wisconsin. She was a poet as well as a scholar, and was awarded the Pushcart Prize in literature and the Paul Gruchow Award for Nature Writing.
Table of Contents
Volume I: Africa, Eastern Mediterranean, Asia List of Illustrations vii Acknowledgements ix Introduction xi Note on Spelling and Pronunciation xvii Symbols and Associations xix Approaches to the Study of Goddess Myths and Images li Africa Africa 1 Egypt 27 African Diaspora 39 Eastern Mediterranean Eastern Mediterranean 51 Christian and Jewish 81 Asia China 107 Korea 127 Circumpolar 135 India 151 Southeast Asia and Indonesia 215 Japan 235 The Pacific Islands 247 Australia 269
Volume II: Europe and the Americas List of Illustrations vii Europe The Baltic 283 The Celtic World 291 Finno-Ugric Cultures 355 Greece 371 Rome 445 Scandinavia 473 Southeastern Europe 499 The Americas North America 525 Mesoamerica 577 South America and the Caribbean 589 General Bibliography 609 Index 621