Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Book Review #18

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This weeks book review is of The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image by Anne Baring and Jules Cashford. I love mythology and folklore and have been waiting to read a book like this because it is a fantastic overview of how the Goddess myth has changed and why throughout the ages.

If you've taken a mythology class, studied different religions, or know a lot of history, there is a noticeable lineage of the goddess that seems to move in and out of focus throughout time, along with a shift of focus from the cosmos to humanity. This shift of focus is of the gods and goddesses, who were once forces of nature (and did not separate humanity from nature) in the past are now much more human and divine (separation from humanity and nature). That's a mouthful, but I want to get the point across that the connection between humanity and nature is directly linked to the popularity of the goddess.

This book is a lot to take in and has a lot of history and myths I'm not completely familiar with. I read a little every day if I can, and occasionally look up the myths I'm not sure about. It's like my own mythology class centered around the goddess. If you are looking for some more information of the goddess or and in depth tour of western mythology, this is the perfect book.

Jessica
Mythology definitely effects my story telling in photography.

1 comment:

Dewi said...

This sounds like something I should read sometime! I just need to read all the school stuff first.. :P

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