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Goddesses in World Mythology

Goddesses in World Mythology

From Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty; Nari, the Indian goddess and creator of life; to Nemain, an Irish war goddess who provoked warriors to madness in battle; and Sodza, the African goddess of thunder whose loud noise drives away evil spirits, this exhaustive work returns feminine sacredness to an honored place in the archives of humanity
Autore/i: Imel Martha Ann; Imel Dorothy Myers
Editore: ABC-CLIO
pp. xx-660, nn. ill.,Santa Barbara (California)

Covering 30,000 years of goddess worship, this fascinating book is the first and most comprehensive biographical dictionary devoted exclusively to mythological deities.
Spanning 30,000 years of goddess worship, Goddesses in World Mythology provides access to nearly 11,500 entries from many cultures: Greek, Celtic, Indian, African, Chinese, Slavic, Mesoamerican, Japanese, and more. Organized alphabetically within geographical regions such as Egypt, the Far East, Oceania, North America, and the Himalayan region, entries identify each goddess by her most common anthropological, mythological, or religious name, then identifies the culture recognizing that goddess, summarizing her powers or attributes, often providing a brief story characterizing her personality and motivations.
The most comprehensive and comprehensible work of its kind, Goddesses in World Mythology features two indexes that divide the goddesses by name and attribute, over 2,000 cross references that guide the reader to other entries, and an extensive bibliography. This unique and easy to use guide shows that goddesses were not just wives, sisters, mothers, or fertility figures, but supreme deities themselves.


Martha Ann Imel has an advanced degree in religious studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

Dorothy Myers Imel is a professional writer and editor.

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