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Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine (Collected Works of Joseph Campbell) Hardcover – December 10, 2013

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Praise for Joseph Campbell:

“No one in our century—not Freud, not Thomas Mann, not Lévi-Strauss—has so brought the mythical sense of the world and its eternal figures back into our everyday consciousness.”
James Hillman

“Campbell has become the rarest of intellectuals in American life: a serious thinker who has been embraced by the popular culture.”
Newsweek

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Joseph Campbell (1904–1987) is widely credited with bringing mythology to a mass audience. His works, including the four-volume The Masks of God and The Power of Myth (with Bill Moyers), rank among the classics in mythology and literature.

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  • Series: Collected Works of Joseph Campbell
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (December 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608681823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608681822
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lauri Lumby on April 25, 2014
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Being raised Catholic, with the “old man in the sky God;” presided over by an exclusively male priesthood; I often felt as if something was missing. How could the God of unconditional love only be male and only choose men to lead “HIS” Church? If God loves us without condition and if we are indeed “made in the image and likeness of God, where was the God in whose image I was made? Furthermore, wouldn’t women, then be equally worthy to lead God’s Church? While the veneration of Mary somewhat satisfied these longings, she still wasn’t God. These questions eventually led me on the search for a feminine image of God that I could call my own, and one that I intuitively knew could be found.

Gratefully, I was not the only one troubled by the exclusively male God of the Western religious traditions and have found much comfort in the research that has been accomplished in uncovering the abundant examples of the Feminine Divine in cultures and religions across epochs, including Her presence in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

In, Goddesses – Mysteries of the Feminine Divine, by Joseph Campbell, I have found another worthy resource in my on-going exploration of the Feminine Divine. Whereas some of the conclusions Campbell presents have since been refuted, this collection provides a worthy addition to the study of the Feminine Divine, and unlike many books written on this topic, Campbell presents this topic in a way that is accessible to anyone.

In this collection of previously unpublished lectures given to lay audiences in the 1980’s, the reader will get an overview of the research contemporary to the time.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Rose on January 10, 2014
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If you love Campbell and have read a lot of him you might find that this has all been covered and covered well in other books. If you are new both to Campbell and the history of the Goddess it's a light introduction particularly to the time when the Goddess was being overthrown by indo European invaders - especially in Greece. Of course that's very sad but it is part of our history and no one tells it better than Campbell with his relaxed conversational style.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By betty on December 18, 2013
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This collection from Campbell's lectures and notes focuses on the role of the feminine in nurturing and transforming; it supplements the scattered references throughout his work.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Glenda Clemens on December 28, 2013
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I love all of Joseph Campbell's works but this book is so clearly feminine that it brings home for me the power of the Goddess and the possibility, clearly, of creating goddess and recognizing goddess within myself. Love!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lady Ashford on August 4, 2014
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I love this writer! His writing is very approachable, so almost any subject he presents becomes relevant and easy to understand. This book is GREAT in that it deals with the Feminine Divine across numerous cultures. It's fascinating how parallel times in history were so universally interrelated. It's a subject that doesn't get the due importance and respect it commands in the history of humankind. I think he did an excellent job in a very engaging manner of gathering valuable information. I highly recommend it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By philly_dragonfly on January 1, 2014
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Like all works by Joseph Campbell, this book is an amazing exploration. It is a devotional to the Divine Feminine in all of Her forms.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By billie hinton on July 3, 2014
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Cranow on January 18, 2015
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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.
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