“Do goddesses have coffee tables? If so, this handsome volume makes for a perfect offering.”
For centuries, tales of the goddess’s creativity, strength, and suffering have sprung forth from every civilization and corner of the world. In this elegant volume, editor Jalaja Bonheim, Ph.D., has compiled a unique and culturally diverse anthology of literature and art to reveal the many guises of the goddess.
From the Navajo goddess who weaves the world like a spider weaves a web to the African goddess who gave the world fire, the power of the goddess is revealed through her stories. The ever-popular goddess of love appears as Aphrodite in Greece, Laka in Hawaii, and Shiratamahime in Japan. Wisdom, compassion, and healing are manifested in the radiant Kuan-Yin of China, the Wisdom Mother in Buddhism, and the Butterfly Woman of North America. Conversely, dark and dangerous goddesses appear dancing among burial grounds or, as in a Middle Eastern myth, sitting enthroned in the underworld receiving the souls of the dead.
Goddess: A Celebration in Art and Literature contains stories, poems, and songs from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, Africa, China, India, Ireland, and the Americas. Many of these tales are recounted by such noted authors as Lucille Clifton, Diane Wolkstein, Clarissa Pinkola Estés, and Joseph Campbell.
This highly-illustrated anthology is intended for general audiences, from aficionados of goddess mythology or fine art to serious connoisseurs of multicultural folklore.
Goddess is a lavish, elegant volume combining stunning art from all over the world with the best in storytelling, poetry, and world mythology.