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When God was a woman

Author: Merlin Stone
Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1978.
Series: Harvest/HBJ book.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st Harvest/HBJ edView all editions and formats
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Documents the ancient worship of the great creator Mother Goddess under a diversity of names and details the rewriting of myths, the recasting of rituals and religious doctrines, and the transformation of the Goddess into a wanton, depraved figure by invading patriarchal tribes.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Merlin Stone
ISBN: 015696158X 9780156961585
OCLC Number: 3397068
Description: xxvii, 265 pages, [8] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Tales with a point of view --
Who was she? --
Women --
where woman was deified --
The northern invaders --
One of their own race --
If the king did not weep --
The Sacred sexual customs --
They offered incense to the queen of heaven --
And the men of the city shall stone her with stones --
Unraveling the myth of Adam and Eve --
The daughters of Eve.
Series Title: Harvest/HBJ book.
Responsibility: Merlin Stone.
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Documents the ancient worship of the great creator Mother Goddess under a diversity of names and details the rewriting of myths, the recasting of rituals and religious doctrines, and the transformation of the Goddess into a wanton, depraved figure by invading patriarchal tribes.

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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