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Savage Breast: One Man's Search for the Goddess Paperback – February 27, 2006
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The chapters are chock full of great information and knowledge about the various different Great Goddess Cultures from prehistory and into the Bronze and Iron Ages, but one can find a lot of this information anywhere.
What makes this book so precious is the very personal journey the author takes us on as he discovers the various archetypes of the Divine Feminine, wrestling with them, until he experiences his own conversion to the Her, at which point the archetypes and projections fall away, and he surrenders to Her, allowing himself to be transformed. The author courageously takes us with him into the deepest, darkest places of his soul, grappling with the ambivalent feelings of attraction and revulsion, desire and disgust, love and fear.
His partner, Teresa, is a true gem, acting as his sounding board and looking glass, as she helps him discover himself, and hold onto himself throughout this powerful transformation.
Warning: This book is best for men who are truly honest with themselves and not afraid to have their worlds turned upside down. If you enter onto your own journey with the author, prepare to have your soul stripped bare of all that holds you back from being truly, authentically, you. I fear that most will not survive that journey without a strong, self-aware woman in their lives to aid them.
When Mr. Ward appeared at the Ottawa Writer's Festival in the spring of 2006 he made the comment that his Mother was in the audience and moreover, had read the book. Parts of it may have given her pause for thought.
All in all, a great read and I think I will have to read the author's other books.
This book is not so much Tim Ward (the author) researching the goddess in all her forms but rather a journey where he discovers himself. He travels all over Europe (sometimes with his fiancée) exploring ancient ruins and the cultures they defined. He not only addresses how the goddess was part of them in historical context, but goes deeper by trying to connect with the feminine power on a very personal and emotional level. He asks himself the questions many men avoid.
Are we losing a vital part of ourselves when we turned our backs on the goddess, the feminine divine? What would happen if men genuinely let go of patriarchy and accepted woman as equals, as half of the whole?
With raw honesty Tim Ward speaks of his failures and triumphs with woman and in life, which speak volumes to me. Tim Ward is on a quest and I felt I was with him every step of the way. It was so refreshing to read about the goddess from the perspective of a man when most of what I come across is written by women or by men with patriarchal ideals.
What did I learn from this book, it is very simple but very hard for me to put into words but I will try:
The goddess asks nothing of us other then for us the appreciate the beautiful of the world and to share it with each other. Imagine if we did only this how the world would change...
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