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Very good in very good dust jacket. Solid, clean copy, very light wear. Dust cover with light shelf and edge wear. Sewn binding. Paper over boards with cloth covered spine. Pictorial dust cover. 8.5", 191 pages, notes, bibliography In ancient matriarchal societies, the older woman was revered as a powerful elder, a woman of great wisdom and judgment who functioned as the Crone, she was the most powerful entity in the original Trinity-the Goddess as Virgin, Mother, and Crone. But this once-powerful figure was displaced and transformed into the debased image of hag, witch, and evil-doer. Patriarchal religion and society have been ruthless in their opposition to Goddess worship, and the attendant denigration of the Crone has resulted in the historical marginalization of older women in human affairs. In this major work, Walker draws upon images of elder women from mythology, Oriental and pre-Christian cultures, and psychological archetypes in her analysis of the powers and privileges afforded to female elders of the past. she shows that the Crone was considered to have prophetic wisdom, theological knowledge, and legal judgment; she was a decision maker as well as a moral and intellectual leader of her family or tribe. Indeed, THE CRONE stresses, the tribal matriarch was once considered to be a veritable incarnation of the Goddess-embodying divine wisdom that was thought to grow stronger as she aged. this groundbreaking study takes an in-depth look at the complex nature of this figure as it probes the recurrent death motif associated with the Crone. Tracing out "the negative aspect of the all-powerful mother, who embodied the fearful potential for rejection, abandonment, death, " THE CRONE demonstrates how the stereotypical "old witch" replaced the wise Crone largely because of men's hidden death fears. As older women gain new power and respect with the rise of feminism, Barbara Walker resurrects the crucial figure of the Crone as an energizing symbol. THE CRONE is a book that will help older women "assert their right to judge, to be bolder in questioning make authority, and to demand the respect due them" as it points the way for all of us to a more humane future through understanding a vital part of our collective past and present.
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