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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 In addition to serving as a valuable historical reference guide, Griffith’s study sheds light on the evolution of women’s roles in Chinese society.”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
A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization was an entertaining read with lots of history.
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.
This is the kind of book that should be required reading for college courses on Chinese history/civilization as well as women's studies.
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
I believe Brian Griffith is one of those extremely gifted authors and historians who succeed in uncovering the dynamics between ecology, economy and spirituality in history and at... Read morePublished on August 9, 2012 by Martin A. Rausch
Griffith provides here an extensive historical overview of the feminine side of Chinese popular religion and an artful illumination of the existence of a powerful "counterculture"... Read morePublished on July 29, 2012 by Jessica Barrett