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The Great Goddess: Reverence of the Divine Feminine from the Paleolithic to the Present Paperback – September 1, 1999
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"Markale provides a breathtakingly sweeping overview of the divine feminine. Written with fervor and panache, Markale's very readable book is an extraordinary and challenging treatment of the subject." (Booklist)
"He repeatedly compares the imagery of the Virgin Mary to the imagery of goddess worship as far back as we can trace Her. All in all, this is a good book. It has a great deal of interesting information about the history of Goddess imagery." (PagaNet News)
"In this comprehensive work, Markale traces beliefs and practices from ancient times to the present. For those who wish to learn more of the Great Goddess, reviled yet embraced by religions of the world, this book is a general overview offering excellent, readable information." (Glenda Martin, Crone Chronicles)
"This is an important book, adding well-researched and thoughtful information to the goddess literature. I recommend it." (Seacoast Spirit, March/April 2003)
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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As to the previous review it was said that Markale refered to the Sheela and "Terrifying" etc...This is true for to many people within the current mind set the sheela can be a terrifying image as can be many of the faces of the Goddess. Markale was not calling the Goddess names or making nasty judgements but I believe was attempting to show how she was viewed by others and that yes these images can give us feeling of terror due to our hiding away those parts of both ourselves and the goddess.
I say read the book for yourself and make your own judgement. Not half bad.
The book can be dry though. It's also published in 1997/1999 so do be careful of historical information due to the fact new information maybe availed which can overturn previously information.