Do You Know... where the legend of a cat's nine lives comes from? why mama is a word understood in nearly all languages? how the custom of kissing began? whether there really was a female pope? why Cinderella's glass slipper was so important to the Prince? The answers to these and countless other intriguing questions are given in this compulsively readable, feminist encyclopedia. Twenty-five years in preparation, this unique, comprehensive sourcebook focuses on mythology anthropology, religion, and sexuality to ...
Do You Know... where the legend of a cat's nine lives comes from? why mama is a word understood in nearly all languages? how the custom of kissing began? whether there really was a female pope? why Cinderella's glass slipper was so important to the Prince? The answers to these and countless other intriguing questions are given in this compulsively readable, feminist encyclopedia. Twenty-five years in preparation, this unique, comprehensive sourcebook focuses on mythology anthropology, religion, and sexuality to uncover precisely what other encyclopedias leave out or misrepresent. The Woman's Encyclopedia presents the fascinating stories behind word origins, legends, superstitions, and customs. A browser's delight and an indispensable resource, it offers 1,350 entries on magic, witchcraft, fairies, elves, giants, goddesses, gods, and psychological anomalies such as demonic possession; the mystical meanings of sun, moon, earth, sea, time, and space; ideas of the soul, reincarnation, creation and doomsday; ancient and modern attitudes toward sex, prostitution, romance, rape, warfare, death and sin, and more. Tracing these concepts to their prepatriarchal origins, Barbara G. Walker explores a thousand hidden pockets of history and custom in addition to the valuable material recovered by archaeologists, orientalists, and other scholars. Not only a compendium of fascinating lore and scholarship, The Woman's Encyclopedia is a revolutionary book that offers a rare opportunity for both women and men to see our cultural heritage in a fresh light, and draw upon the past for a more humane future.
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I have five graduate degrees in four different disciplines. I have taught in seven different
academic disciplines. This is one of the most
valuable books you will ever have the fortunate opportunity to experience. It will remove all of distorted myths of the primary institutions of our society that have you programmed as a robot. It will free your mind
and you will wonder how these institutions have gotten away with all of the false truths
and distorted presentations related to all western religions and other critical topics.
I am 81 years old, and my experience greatly exceeds my academic degrees. I buy copies and send them to my friends
barbara walker is a first rate scholar and makes an unbiased presentation. I purchase other books she has written because of the
quality of her research and presentations.
It is my privilege to recommend this author to you .
Jul 12, 2008
Love this book. Lots of info so I'm still reading and underlining stuff I want to find in a hurry. Plan to buy other books by this author. I am so impressed with this book I got a copy for my daughter - - don't want to lend mine!
Jun 28, 2007
a "must-have" book.
Wonderful to have all of the goddesses and myths and gods in one place! I received the book, not being aware of its fantastic content. And i was surprised it got space in my mailbox too! Must be my best buy ever.
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