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Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 Destinations (Sacred Places: 108 Destinations series) Paperback – January 1, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is not the usual popular archaeology offering on the subject. It is a combination of that and a travel guide as well---so you not only learn the historic and mythological background on the various ancient sites, but are supplied with current information on how to get there. The coverage is impressive. Karen even briefly mentions the ruined shrine of Astarte at Aphaca in Lebanon which is the ancient source of the pre-Christian (Canaanite) Holy Grail legend according to anthropologist Jesse Weston (From Ritual to Romance). This beautiful natural site, where hundreds of Goddess worshipers were massacred by emperor Constantine's soldiers in the 4th century, is still venerated by local Pagans but has been almost completely forgotten by the Neo-Pagans of America and Europe.
Hopefully Karen's book will go through several updates as time goes by and thus it will continue to be carried along on sacred grad tours for years to come.
Reviewed by Poke Runyon
Producer: The Rites of Magick
This is more than a guide book that puts the foucus on the spirtuality of each site, but one that provides scholarly infomation and history of the sites as well.
Included as well are Gaia Alerts, which put the focus on the environment and Goddess Foucus side panels, which provide even more information about certain sites.
Her vivid description and information on the birthplace of Aphrodite was fascinating and totally new to me even though I have been studying and practising Goddess spirituality for 16 yrs.
I am ready to begin a jouney to visit Goddess with this book as my guide.
Juliette Ashmoon, Elder Priestess and writer for The Beltane Papers
In her guidebook, she takes the reader to sacred places everywhere around the globe, introducing contemporary and past theories, connecting the dots about how the Goddess went from one area of the world to another. Within each site discussion of sacred locations she brings activism or ecofeminist issues into the mix in her sections entitled Gaia Alert! She also discusses sexual practices, economies, artifacts, etc. Of course, given my own interests, I was lost in her interpretation of the Goddesses of Israel, their location of artifacts and the interconnection to the Christian Madonna. Reading this material leaves me aching to visit soon. But before taking off to these exotic locations she reminds us that some of these sites are in our own backyard!
This is much more than a travel book, this should be a reference book in anyone's home library with an interest in history, archeology, mythology, philosophy, spirituality and travel. Through clear and concise academic references and her recorded experiences, she adds further spice to the recipe by including how to guide oneself to remote or difficult to find sites. I encourage this book for oneself or to purchase as a gift.
Reviewed by Jayne DeMente, MA
Founder and Director, Women's Heritage Project
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book, along with Karen Tate's book 'Walking an Ancient Path', are both excellent books. I would suggest BOTH of them to anyone.Published on February 18, 2011 by Shadowsmom42
Karen's book is wonderfully written, lucid, easy to understand, with incredible photos. I have the good fortune to be one of her friends as well. Read morePublished on October 31, 2008 by Lauren O. Thyme
What a wonderful opportunity to "journey" to the Goddess sites all over the world! Karen's book provides an opportunity for each of us to begin to recognize those immages of the... Read morePublished on September 5, 2007 by Tina Carey
This book is fabulous. With lots of historical sites to visit and worship the goddess. I learned of sites within hours of my hometown and plan to make a trip soon. Read morePublished on August 29, 2007 by Veronica Smith
A wonderful and thorough look at the abundance of Goddess sites around the globe. This book leaves you wanting to journey and experience the sacred dwellings of the Goddess! Read morePublished on July 5, 2007 by Annsih Kesmaa-serud
After reading this book, I understand why people hole up in living room recliners with travel books. Read morePublished on February 8, 2007 by Jeri L. Studebaker, author of *Breaking the Mother Goose Code* and *Switching to Goddess*