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The Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets Hardcover – August, 1996

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1121 pages
  • Publisher: Book Sales (August 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785807209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785807209
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
As a recently-published author, I would like to express my admiration for the work of Barbara G. Walker. Of all the sources that I quoted from my bibliography, Walker was by far the most significant. The Woman's Encyclopedia is the most valuable book in my collection, and it represents a superhuman piece of research. The suppression of the Feminine and the patriarchal re-writing of history can be traced through innumerable references - from Christianity's assimilation of pagan rituals and festivals to the creation of the mythology of feminine evil. Walker, like Jungian analyst June Singer, believes that patriarchal religion is the basis for the suppression of women. The case she builds is frankly unassailable. After reading this classic study, one cannot fail to see the transforming power of the Mother Goddess in everything from A Midsummer Night's Dream and Finnegans Wake to Mary Poppins and The Matrix. Barbara Walker is a modern-day Wisewoman, and we can never have enough of those. In a sterile, left-brain, hunter-killer psytocracy, Walker's books shine like a beacon for those who still have the strength to dream.
Steven Cain (Author of Sirius Moonlight: The Origins Of The Suppression Of The Feminine.)
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This encyclopedia documents the subversion of global matriarchal cultures. It is immaculately well-referenced, much more so than the contrived versions of history that have been force-fed to us. There are relatively few works of scholarship that have the power to elicit such emotional reactions and defensiveness from the most privileged among us. You'll never look at fingers, menstrual blood, or religion the same way again.
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By A Customer on February 5, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This encyclopedia is so absorbing I got utterly lost in it for hours and hours. Finally someone has seen through the patriarchal smokescreen and exposed the hypocrisy and lies. Many times I found myself laughing out loud at some of her caustically humorous observations. I'm sure this must be on the Pope's list of books forbidden from the eyes of all good Catholics...Blessed Be!
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By A Customer on March 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book at the book store, read 3 paragraphs and bought the book! It has a wealth of information on many subjects of interest to anyone, not just women. This book has information on Deities, Saints, bible characters, and just about everything else! It's a huge book and you will want to read it cover to cover!
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I found this book empowering, humourous, enriching, informative, thorough and a MUST HAVE read...a bedtime storybook to the daughters of the fathers as well as the sons of the goddess! A monumental achievement! Although it was a delight and of course absolutely essential to break through the veil of western his-story, after a while I tired of its annoying eurocentricity. This however did leave me hungry for a second volume which, albeit certainly a daunting task, could be the next step toward a truly more global approach.
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I actually picked up my copy at the sale aisle in Barnes & Noble after thumbing through it. I found it fascinating and filled with all sorts of information about history, mythology, traditions and customs, religions and belief systems, etc. I wouldn't necessarily call it a "woman's" book; I love it despite being a man. Knowledge is beyond gender, and anyone who's a scholar or just likes to learn new things will find much to absorb from this book.
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By A Customer on December 20, 1998
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Recommended for anyone who wants to see beyond the handmaiden's role in religion.
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Packed with in depth information. Cuts through some of the myths we have been taught all our lives. Can't decide if I should just read it from front to back or use it as an encyclopedia. Guess I'll do both
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