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Gender conflict has deep, historical roots Goddesses Mysteries of the Divine Feminine, is a book based on lectures and notes by the late Joseph Campbell It is produced by the Joseph Campbell Foundation and edited by Dr Safron Rossi The book traces the Goddess in history from ancient times and peoples to around the time of the European Renaissance around the 15th century.It is a fascinating work and an in depth look into an aspect of mythology that is frequently overlooked Many works featu Gender conflict has deep, historical roots Goddesses Mysteries of the Divine Feminine, is a book based on lectures and notes by the late Joseph Campbell It is produced by the Joseph Campbell Foundation and edited by Dr Safron Rossi The book traces the Goddess in history from ancient times and peoples to around the time of the European Renaissance around the 15th century.It is a fascinating work and an in depth look into an aspect of mythology that is frequently overlooked Many works feature entire pantheons and tribal deities but few are devoted to following the archetypal motif of the Goddess as she moves, evolves, diminishes, and rises transformed through the many arcs of history and mythologies Goddesses is one of those few that I ve encountered.The story begins in the Old Stone Age 30,000 10,000 BC where archaeological artifacts depict women as magical vessels which produces life and where men are depicted as task performers The book notes that today, women areoften than not, seen as objects seen primarily in terms of appearance and youth, while men are seen as task performers not much has changed.With the development of agricultural societies, authority transfers to the female and the Goddess is seen as the global forces and energies of nature and life As some tribes become nomadic with hunting as their primary means of support, the Goddess decreases and the male hero gods gain prominence The mythologies depict these gods killing off their maternal ancestors The male gains authority and dominance among these societies.As history continues the two types of societies increasingly come into conflict with one another Cultures are subsumed by conquering The warring societies dominate Cities develop and mythologies have to change and adapt to justify specialization of tasks and castes For a period of time, from around 3000 BC give or take several centuries to around 700 BC, male oriented mythologies dominate However, the Goddess cannot be silenced forever and begin their return into the Greek pantheon Based on its themes, it is suggested that The Odyssey was composed by a woman to bring the feminine characteristics and power back into Greek thought The book goes into great detail on an analysis and interpretation of the Iliad which precedes and The Odyssey to see the transformation in thought that takes place between these two works Goddesses shows that throughout history, the feminine mythologies focus on life and harmony, that she help unite people into community On the other hand, the masculine kills and divides, and promotes mostly self interest Because many readers have the Jewish and Christian texts as their primary religious and mythological background, comparison are made throughout Goddesses highlighting similarities between what is found in the Bible and what is found in surrounding cultures, often predating the biblical texts by hundreds and thousands of years.The major monotheistic religions are patriarchal According to Goddesses they have effectively conquered and killed the female character, even though vestiges can be found in their texts if one looks deeply Attributes and characteristics that are typical of the female are assigned to the male deity In so doing, these religions are able to keep the Goddess dead Goddesses ends in the time of the Renaissance with a return of the Goddess into mythology The Arthurian legends, the Virgin Birth, and the veneration of Mary are interpreted as part of the return.I really enjoyed Goddesses and found it quite informative It shows how mythology and religion have been employed as weapons in gender and sex power struggles since the dawn of human civilization It shows how people have tried to make sense of the world and the universe from the very beginning of consciousness It shows how mythologies form, develop, change, are borrowed, and are transformed to fit the needs of people at any given time It shows that mythologies themselves are not sacred, but they point to a transcendent reality that is believed to exist For some this book will be very uncomfortable It will challenge and greatly refute the concept of divine special revelation at least the way special revelation is typically understood in certain religious traditions It will challenge the foundational soundness of the idea that an exclusive male deity can be truly good It will challenge the origins and purposes of religious thought and practice I think this is a good thing We need to beaware of the use and misuse of the powers of mythology and religion We need to becognizant of our commonalities across cultures and beliefs The rise of feminism in the modern era, I now see, is no accident It is a natural process predicted by anthropology, history, and mythology It is part of a working out of gender relationships in our time Will the feminine be able to successfully establish herself a lasting presence as an equal power and authority in the still patriarchal modern society Will she be able to transform the mythologies and religions that inform us today into ones that welcome the full participation of the feminine This review is based on an advance review copy supplied by the publisher through NetGalley For those of you who are unfamiliar with Joseph Campbell, know that he was a renowned mythologist endowed with the ability to make myth accessible and appealing to all It is a true pleasure to read his works and to receive his knowledge of the spiritual principles ingrained in all legends.This book is a compilation of lectures given by Joseph Campbell on the subject of the feminine divine Campbell traces the evolution of the concept of the Great Goddess from Neolithic Old Europe to the Renaiss For those of you who are unfamiliar with Joseph Campbell, know that he was a renowned mythologist endowed with the ability to make myth accessible and appealing to all It is a true pleasure to read his works and to receive his knowledge of the spiritual principles ingrained in all legends.This book is a compilation of lectures given by Joseph Campbell on the subject of the feminine divine Campbell traces the evolution of the concept of the Great Goddess from Neolithic Old Europe to the Renaissance I very much enjoyed reading it and I recommend the book to anyone who has an interest in the subject The following quote, at the very beginning of the volume, touched an inner sensitive cord It is both surprising and amazing to me that he had such deep understanding of our feminine energies Many of the difficulties that women face today follow from the fact that they are moving into a field of action in the world that was formerly reserved for the male and for which there are no female mythological models The woman finds herself, consequently, in a competitive relationship with the male, and in this may lose the sense of her own nature She is something in her own right, and traditionally for some four million years the relationship of that something to the male has been experienced and represented, not as directly competitive, but as cooperative in the shared ordeal of continuing and supporting life Her biologically assigned role was to give birth to and to rear children The male role was to support and protect Both roles are biologically and psychologically archetypical But what has happened now as a result of the masculine invention of the vacuum cleaner is that women have been relieved, in some measure, of their traditional bondage to the household They are moving into the field and jungle of individual quest, achievement, and self realization, for which there are no female models Moreover, in pursuing their distinct careers they are emerging progressively as differentiated personalities, leaving behind the old archetypal accent on the biological role to which, however, their psyches are still constitutionally bound The grim prayer of Lady Macbeth before her deed, unsex me here must be the unspoken, deeply felt cry of many a new contender in this masculine jungle.There is no such need, however The challenge of the moment and there are many who are meeting it, accepting it, and responding to it, in the way not of men but of women the challenge is to flower as individuals, neither as biological archetypes nor as personalities imitative of the male And, to repeat, there are no models in our mythology for an individual woman s quest Nor is there any model for the male in marriage to an individuated female We are in this thing together and have to work it out together, not with passion which is always archetypal but with compassion, in patient fostering of each other s growth If only he was still alive I would have loved to read his thoughts on The Hunger Games and Fifty Shades of Gray Joseph Campbell is a well known scholar of mythology who has taught a number if years at the University level and has authored numerous books His material is gold as far as I am concerned AT the same time as being scholarly his style is also highly readable and enjoyable Read this and you will get lots of information Beware though because this book may well change your perspective on things.Change it did Many scholars such as Margaret Murray and Marija Gambutas have stated that in man kin Joseph Campbell is a well known scholar of mythology who has taught a number if years at the University level and has authored numerous books His material is gold as far as I am concerned AT the same time as being scholarly his style is also highly readable and enjoyable Read this and you will get lots of information Beware though because this book may well change your perspective on things.Change it did Many scholars such as Margaret Murray and Marija Gambutas have stated that in man kinds beginning there was a whorl wide religion that revered the Goddess Now perhaps that was an overstatement but there were places that venerated the Goddess Three such areas were identified South Eastern Europe plus Greece and Mesopatamia, South East Asia and part of Central AMerica THese three areas had mastered agriculture and planting THe societies tended to be settled into communities and there was at the time no threat of invasion or violence THe Goddesses reign lasted from the Paleolithic to Neolithic times.The Earth was seen as the mother From her came all life and at the end all life returned to her You did not have to be awesome to pick some fruit Women were cultivators, admired for their beauty Men were idolized based on how they performed their tasks In the houses one would find figurines or Venus statues, These could be goddess statues or fertility votives Men had their rituals in underground caves which were highly representative of the Goddesses womb The sun was a feminine sign as was the lion and the cat and the snake The sun radiated on the earth and represented freedom from time and space Lions were royalty and serpents represented wisdom and life force.For the male representation it was the bull The bull was lunar It s horns represented the crescent of the moon The male figure was the child of the goddess who grew into her lover and then dies only tobe born again much like the moon.During the Iron age when the feminine world was being invaded by Indo Europeans in the north and Bedouin tribes from the south things began to change The Indo Europeans were semit nomadic warrior who cultivated livestock mostly cows THe Bedouin cultivated sheep and goats As was tendency once these warrior tribes took over the feminine lands they did not eradicate the goddess but rather had there moveable gods move and and marry them Of course this would change the whole mythology Joseph Campbell covers these ideas and their evolution by going over Hindu Culture, heavy emphasis on Greco Roman myth and Middle Eastern Mythology Carefully showing how three once powerful Goddess was reduced to a subordinate undeeer the ancient paganism to how she was merely venerated under monotheism But you cannot keep a good woman down SHe rises up during the romantic period of courtly love and she is making her voice heard again This book is a must read I don t know how to put into words how great this book is. This exceedingly well edited collection of essays, lectures and notes by Joseph Campbell was useful in seeing his overall opinion of goddesses in mythology and the goddess as she appears in various mythologies. This book is a collection of Joseph Campbell s lectures and workshops on goddesses that explore the symbols and themes of the feminine divine Edited by Safron Rossi, this book is a treasure chest and overview of Campbell s perspective on goddess mythology A terrific read for anyone interested in the goddess tradition but as a writer and psychotherapist, I feel this book is an important source for writers, therapists, particularly Jungian and sandplay therapists, and adds an important piece to This book is a collection of Joseph Campbell s lectures and workshops on goddesses that explore the symbols and themes of the feminine divine Edited by Safron Rossi, this book is a treasure chest and overview of Campbell s perspective on goddess mythology A terrific read for anyone interested in the goddess tradition but as a writer and psychotherapist, I feel this book is an important source for writers, therapists, particularly Jungian and sandplay therapists, and adds an important piece to Joseph Campbell s body of work Highly recommended |Free Pdf ♕ Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine ⚖ The first Joseph Campbell work to focus on the Goddess, edited and introduced by Safron Rossi, PhD, Curator of Collections at Opus Archives and Research Center, home to the archival collections of Joseph Campbell, Marija Gimbutas, James Hillman, and other scholars of mythology, Jungian and archetypal psychology, and the humanitiesJoseph Campbell brought mythology to a mass audience His bestselling books, including The Power of Myth and The Hero with a Thousand Faces, are the rare blockbusters that are also scholarly classicsWhile Campbell s work reached wide and deep as he covered the world s great mythological traditions, he never wrote a book on goddesses in world mythology He did, however, have much to say on the subject Betweenandhe gave over twenty lectures and workshops on goddesses, exploring the figures, functions, symbols, and themes of the feminine divine, following them through their transformations across cultures and epochsIn this provocative volume, editor Safron Rossi a goddess studies scholar, professor of mythology, and curator of collections at Opus Archives, which holds the Joseph Campbell archival manuscript collection and personal library collects these lectures for the first time In them, Campbell traces the evolution of the feminine divine from one Great Goddess to many, from Neolithic Old Europe to the Renaissance He sheds new light on classical motifs and reveals how the feminine divine symbolizes the archetypal energies of transformation, initiation, and inspiration Mexican Immigration to the United States: A Study of Human Migration and Adjustment edited and introduced by Safron Rossi The Carnival of the Animals PhD Izbrana proza Curator of Collections at Opus Archives and Research Center Third Mate (River Wolf Pack, home to the archival collections of Joseph Campbell Third Mate Marija Gimbutas The Virtues of the Table: How to Eat and Think James Hillman Los enemigos íntimos de la democracia and other scholars of mythology Gamification In Human Resources Jungian and archetypal psychology Gamification In Human Resources and the humanitiesJoseph Campbell brought mythology to a mass audience His bestselling books In Black and White: [The Story of an Open Transracial Adoption] including The Power of Myth and The Hero with a Thousand Faces Will You Please Be Quiet, Please? are the rare blockbusters that are also scholarly classicsWhile Campbell s work reached wide and deep as he covered the world s great mythological traditions A Primary Killing he never wrote a book on goddesses in world mythology He did Babar & His Friends at the Farm however Gödel, Escher, Bach have much to say on the subject Betweenandhe gave over twenty lectures and workshops on goddesses The Wednesday Letters exploring the figures Surviving AIDS functions X Ray Imaging Equipment symbols Fantasy & Science Fiction, January/February 2014 (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and themes of the feminine divine Leonard Cohen following them through their transformations across cultures and epochsIn this provocative volume Lessons In Yoga editor Safron Rossi a goddess studies scholar Debriefing Elsipogtog The Anatomy of a Struggle professor of mythology The White Death and curator of collections at Opus Archives George Bushs War which holds the Joseph Campbell archival manuscript collection and personal library collects these lectures for the first time In them Joseph Anton Campbell traces the evolution of the feminine divine from one Great Goddess to many Wally Olins - The Brand Handbook from Neolithic Old Europe to the Renaissance He sheds new light on classical motifs and reveals how the feminine divine symbolizes the archetypal energies of transformation Wally Olins - The Brand Handbook initiation The Rise of the Chinese Empire: Frontier, Immigration, and Empire in Han China, 130 B.C.-A.D. 157 and inspiration Read the chapters I needed up to the Gods and Goddess of Ancient Greece Its been a while since I read anything even close to scholarly, and I really enjoyed Campbell s cross cultural approach to understanding both the power of the Goddess and how that power was eventually stripped away as Creator Father figures took over My only complaint is that the illustrations were small and in black and white Some of the works he refers to as evidence for his theories are difficult to see, and you have Read the chapters I needed up to the Gods and Goddess of Ancient Greece Its been a while since I read anything even close to scholarly, and I really enjoyed Campbell s cross cultural approach to understanding both the power of the Goddess and how that power was eventually stripped away as Creator Father figures took over My only complaint is that the illustrations were small and in black and white Some of the works he refers to as evidence for his theories are difficult to see, and you have to accept his interpretation of the artifacts since you can t make out details A little dated and a little disjointed, and as ever I always want him to finish his thoughts His mercurial mind jumps to the next thing before wrapping up a subject But that aside the only other criticism is how short this was I wantMiraculously accessible for being presented in a flurry of connections and texts and stories Always enlightening and edifying A rare treat. This is a wonderful editing job, of putting together in a very cohesive way, all of Campbell s writings on the Goddesses I am already a big fan, but this is by far the best compilation that this publisher has done to date.