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The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets Paperback – November 30, 1983
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About the Author
Barbara G. Walker, author of The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects, and many other books, is a member of the Morris Museum Mineralogical Society and the Trailside Mineral Club of the New Jersey Earth Science Association.
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Certainly, the encyclopedia does not offer any �orthodox� or �politically correct� views. Barbara Walker is not a crowd-pleaser. She does not have too many complimentary things to say about patriarchy, Christianity or the Church. I see the primary value of this book as a bold and unabridged documentation of the historical struggle between the sexes and between the religion of Goddess and the patriarchal religions. Walker does not shy away from controversial or uncomfortable topics. She does not self-censor. She is not afraid to talk about the darker side of Christian history�its intolerance of other religions, its appropriation of pagan myths into Christian theology, its conversion of pagan festivals into Christian ones and its demonization of Goddess and sex.
I have had the book for a few years now.Read more ›
Check this out for yourself. Pick a few entries, then look up all of the footnotes in your local university library. How many of Walker's sources have ANYTHING to do with the subject in question, let alone support her theories? It's a disappointing, but necessary, exercise for anyone determined to see "The Encyclopedia" honestly.
Enjoy this book for its empowering (and fun) ideas, but don't place any weight on its "scholarship". It's a house of cards.
As others have pointed out, all you need to do is follow her footnotes. It may look impressive when she makes three statements in a paragraph and cites three references to back her up, but it's a lot less impressive when you actually have those books and they don't say at all what she claims they do. I've done it (I have a large library of mythology books), but so can you. Go to a library and pick a few to look up. You'll probably be shocked at the differences in what she claims those sources say and what they really do. The only ones that I have found so far that seem to be at all similar are a handful of others also in the neo-pagan movement (Graves, Stone and Gimbutas being the main three).
Here is just the highlights of a few of many errors in just one entry:
Exceedingly ancient name of the Goddess-as-Crone"
The first sentence isn't even done yet and already it's got the crone theory that she tries to push on everything (none of the figures of Mara have anything to do with crones) and capitalizes the term for religious purposes. And, to top it off, all but the relatively recent (last 500 years or so) references to characters named Mara say that Mara is a male figure, not female.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book, it's full of really great text on obscure stories. I enjoyed it.Published 4 months ago by Myra
This gives a fuller picture of mythology and culture of the past that is usually not covered in education, but is very helpful in understanding culture,politics, and thoughts of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Glenn C.
Warning: buy this book and you can't put it down --- it's like the sorcerer's apprentice --- it just keeps pouring more and more out --- and covers just about everything in our... Read morePublished 6 months ago by annonymous
As some of the prominent reviews made at the time, printed here at the beginning, stated, this is a treasure. A very neat idea. An encyclopedia with a theme. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paradigm
This is a classic, first printed in the 80's when I purchased it. Now I am purchasing it to give to my daughter in law for her birthday. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Ginger Cookie