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Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History

Rosemary Ruether


This book presents the most illuminating portrait we have to date of goddesses and sacred female imagery in Western culture—from prehistory to contemporary goddess movements. It looks at the complexity of the social forces—mostly androcentric—that have shaped the symbolism of the sacred feminine. At the same time, it charts a new direction for finding a truly egalitarian vision of God and human relations through a feminist-ecological spirituality. The book begins its exploration of the divine feminine with an analysis of prehistoric archaeology that challenges the popular idea that, until thei ... More

Keywords: goddesses, female imagery, social forces, female mysticism, God, feminist-ecological spirituality, feminine divinity, myths, rituals, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780520231467
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520231467.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rosemary Ruether, author