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Written in a readable first person and presented in textbook format with chapter subheads, this catalogue of goddesses ranges from the dawn of creation and the half-snake goddess Nü Wa, to 20th century heroines such as Deng Yingchao, wife of Zhou Enlai. In addition to serving as a valuable historical reference guide, Griffith’s study sheds light on the evolution of women’s roles in Chinese society.” Publishers Weekly
To read through this compendium of female icons in the Chinese culture is to appreciate the ebb and flow of the changing Chinese environment across the thousands of years and especially to appreciate the role women have played in such a changing culture.” New York Journal of Books
While not fast reading, it's interesting reading.
It is so solidly researched and written and so accessible to the lay public (and to scholars as well) that it deserves a very wide reading audience.
A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization was an entertaining read with lots of history.
Chinese Women and Goddesses, Stone Age to Today
Posted on April 3, 2015
My husband has two degrees in Chinese history and is writing a nine-volume novel set largely... Read more
The book was most interesting because of the subject matter and a hybrid style of writing. It was neither straight history nor historical fiction. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ladylawyer8650
Chinese Women is not, as I imagined from the title, a book full of simple legends about women of great skills or accomplishments from Chinese fairy tales. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by COSMIC TRAVELER
" A GALAXY OF IMMORTAL WOMEN: THE YIN SIDE OF CHINESE CIVILIZATION" is quite a monumental undertaking by Brian Griffith, a Texas-born independent historian who has previously... Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Stephanie De Pue
**This book was received as a free advanced reader's copy**
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A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization is a book filled with myths, legends, and centuries old tales of Chinese Women and Goddesses who have shaped... Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by Ang Harris
A review of female deities and heroes and the place of women in Chinese culture from prehistoric times to the present. Read morePublished on August 19, 2012 by John L. Leland
This book is well-written and well-researched. The author is very ambitious in discussing so much Chinese history and tying it in with mythology, archaeology, religion, folklore,... Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by JDM
This extravagantly named book covers women's position in China from prehistory to current times. While China is usually thought of by the west as a solid patriarchy, Griffith... Read morePublished on August 11, 2012 by Laurie A. Brown