A Celebration in Art and Literature

Stewart Tabori & Chang; 1St Edition edition
(October 1, 1997)
239 pages
ISBN: 978-1556706219


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.

“Do goddesses have coffee tables? If so, this handsome volume makes for a perfect offering.”
—People Magazine

Let’s be clear: When we invoke the sacred feminine, we’re not saying that God is a woman. That would be ludicrous. We’re pairing the two concepts of divinity and femininity because doing so can unlock certain chambers in our psyche. No relationship is more intimate than that of mother and child, who are of the same flesh, the same substance. So in one fell swoop, the image of the divine Mother can melt away the sense of separation that many people feel when they conjure up the image of an omnipotent father.

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“Do goddesses have coffee tables? If so, this handsome volume makes for a perfect offering.”
—People Magazine

“A Book like Goddess: A Celebration in Art and Literature could have been a sentimental New Age mishmash, but under the hand of Jalaja Bonheim the beautiful volume is a valuable addition to the popular study of the mystical and magical powers of the feminine.”
—The Commercial Appeal

“I picked this up on a whim and am absolutely ecstatic that I did. Not only is the artwork varied and beautiful, but the myths are nicely told. Beautifully done.”

“Another nice bonus is the quality of the book itself. The pages are thick, the binding is well done, and even the “paper” cover is sturdy. This book will survive the many readings which it will certainly experience on my shelves.”

“I have been coveting this book for a few years when it first came out. The artwork is lovely and each goddess image is accompanied by information about the goddess – a poem or short history. I recommend this book.”

“This book was given to me as a gift, and it is absolutely magical. I would recommend this book to anyone into Goddess worship, divinity or art.”

“Truly an incredible book. I have met the author and she is an amazing person and researcher.”


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