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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Hamilton Books (September 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761853138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761853138
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazzone's powerful narrative of her personal experience backed by extensive field and library research is a must read for anyone interested in the relationships between the divine female, women's spirituality, and women's empowerment. It is a splendid example of feminist writing in which the author is deeply engaged in her own journey. Hers was a pilgrimage to the source, and of personal renewal and redemption promising hope for the return of the goddess in Western consciousness. (Elinor Gadon, PhD., Author of The Once and Future Goddess, religious studies professor at Brandeis University)

Amazzone's voice is strong and clear. Goddess Durga promises the transformation, empowerment, and dignity that is our birthright. (Marisa Tomei, Academy Award-winning actor)

Scholarly and fierce, the work of Laura Amazzone draws from our ancient strength. The time for this wisdom is now. (Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, poet, activist)

Laura Amazzone is a modern day yogini. She is a scholar as well as a practitioner and her new book Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power embodies this duality....True to feminine form, Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power is a balanced read, utilizing the logical brain and the intuitive heart. The book itself is in a non-linear layout, meaning it does not need to be experienced from start to finish- it is cyclical and can be picked up, flipped through and enjoyed from any angle. (Common Ground)

About the Author

Laura Amazzone is an author, teacher, jewelry artist, and Yogini. She completed her master's degree in philosophy and religion with an emphasis in women's spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2001. Laura teaches goddess classes and workshops in California and is adjunct faculty in the Yoga Philosophy program at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

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Laura Amazzone is an author, teacher, jewelry artist, and Yoginī. She completed
her master's degree in philosophy and religion, with an emphasis in women's
spirituality at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2001. Her book, Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power, explores the millennia-old rituals and manifestations of the Goddess in South Asia and honors female creative & sexual power as a divine force. Laura teaches classes and workshops on Goddess spirituality and Eastern religious traditions. She has published numerous articles discussing myth, ritual, adornment, and the significance of South Asian Goddesses as divine models of female empowerment. Laura has received initiation into the Shakta Tantra, Sri Vidya, and Kashmiri Shaivite lineages.

www.lauraamazzone.com

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Reading this book, I was riveted.
PAnderson
`Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power' was a liberating read in that it broke down a lot of `sacred cows' our societal structure has impinged upon us.
Yeliz C.
Laura Amazonne takes the understanding of the Divine Feminine to the next level!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Theos on June 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
This well-researched, well-written book is accurate in its information on Durga worship in India and the author's personal narrative is wonderful and refreshing. However, as a Durga devotee myself, I must say that I feel like Miss Amazzone is projecting her own worldview onto the religion of Durga and using the Durga tradition to promote her own ruthless feminism. In fact, there are as many male followers of Durga as there are female - especially in India (I am a man, myself and an ardent follower of Durga for some time), yet she completely sidelines them and their role in the tradition. In addition, she seems to miss the point of Durga worship, which is ultimately to transcend one's own limited worldview - to include any type of "-ism", i.e., feminism - and unite with Lord Shiva, the transcendent divine consciousness and source of all reality (including Shakti, which arises because of the existence of Shiva).

Through the manifest (Durga), we aim to unite with the unmanifest (Shiva). Of course, shakti is always characterized as feminine. However, this is largely an abstraction and more for our ability to understand and progress spiritually than a literal, concrete representation of the underlying source of all manifest reality as a female. In truth, shakti transcends gender (gender arises out of shakti, not the other way around) and in fact is not even separate from divine consciousness (Shiva and Shakti are in fact one - there is no duality). It is easier, though, to approach divine shakti as separate and feminine, so we do - but this is for us to comprehend, not an accurate reflection of reality.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PAnderson on October 7, 2010
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Laura Amazzone has written a book that will speak to everyone. It's a story with several levels: it explains Goddess in all her forms; it tells the stories of Goddess from earliest history to present day; and, most importantly, it describes a profoundly personal spiritual journey.

Reading this book, I was riveted. I have never been a student of Goddess and I had a smattering of knowledge about her forms. Truthfully, I found the whole subject confusing. This book handled all my confusion. Plus, I got to read a fascinating story about Laura's personal interaction with Goddess. She tells her own story with courage, humility, humor and joy. I loved it!

As a woman and a human being, I highly recommend this book!

Patricia Anderson
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alan G on December 4, 2010
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"Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power" is a unique combination of exemplary scholarship and enthralling narrative. Amazzone invites the reader into her personal and sometimes heart-rending journey to discover the nature of consciousness and her own spiritual place in the universe. As that story unwinds, she simultaneously presents its historical, cultural and anthropological context, drawn from her scholarship and her journeying to the source of one of India's earliest and most potent religious traditions. Dispassionate observer becomes passionate devotee as one profoundly spiritual encounter after another explodes from the page. We realize, in the reading, that the two are inevitably one. One cannot describe religious or spiritual experience from the outside, only from deep within. It takes strength and an unusual courage to present such intimately personal revelations for all to read. We are fortunate that the author has both, and the skill to write about them in a way that allows us to share them.
This is an account of years of research. One might reasonably expect it to be filled with dry, dense prose, laden with footnotes and heavy with esoterica. There are notes, certainly, but the book is anything but dry. There are entire chapters where the palpable tension and thrill of discovery make for page-turning fascination and the "can't put it down" satisfaction of a great mystery novel. For there *are* mysteries here, and she explores them with courage, insight, compassion, and a marvelous talent for narrative.
This is an unusual and a necessary book. It is at once as ancient as humanity and current as tomorrow. Women should read it to understand how very far displaced they have become from their central role in human affairs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By aurora scatterheart on August 6, 2012
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This book gave me so much. A travel book that takes you to the heart of Goddess worship that still exists. I feel like I found a big missing link to my feminine lineage. Thank you Laura Amazzone for your courage to follow your calling. Jai Ma!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Siva Mohan on March 20, 2012
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As I've told almost every woman in my life in the last few months about this book, I've really had to think about why it was such an enriching read for me. Akin to when I first learned about the ayurvedic perspectives of energy flow, I gained from this book a new context from which to interpret my experience of life as a woman. When you can all of a sudden understand patterns and situations from a new lens, and one that validates some of your most intimate musings, it feels like coming home. There were times I cried--tears born from the feeling of joy that comes when you find someone that really understands you; only it wasn't a person, it was a way to look at life.
In addition, I learned so much about the history of women, their roles in my native culture, and in Hindu mythology. What a treat for all of us women whom are on our spiritual path and love to explore history and culture. Thanks Laura for this work of love--Siva
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