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A feminist encyclopaedia focusing on mythology, anthropology, religion and sexuality. Discover where the legend of a cat's nine lives comes from, why mama is a word understood in nearly all languages and whether there really was a female Pope.
Extraordinary independent scholar of comparative religion and mythology Walker examines a time when the Goddess and her consort/son ruled supreme and forward into the era when the patriarchy usurped Her worship.
Barbara G. Walker, bestselling author of The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets and past winner of the American Humanist Association’s Humanist Heroine Award, takes a hard look at religion in her latest book: Belief & Unbelief. Walker’s 22 new essays cover the spectrum, from “The Islamic Holocaust” being perpetrated against women to the dizziness of crystal-gazers in “Encountering the New Age.” Walker explains in depth how religion has been perverted from its naturalistic roots in the celebration of the mystery of new life to a patriarchal orgy of violence. In “Does Religion Make People Good?”, Walker responds with an emphatic “No!”, citing extensive evidence of “Bible Morality” to produce today’s Christian “God the Monster.” Women have borne the brunt of patriarchal religion’s evils – Walker even argues cogently for “Religion As the Root of Sexism.” Yet in her conclusion, “Family and the Future,” the ever-upbeat Walker imagines a return to the original, best traditions of religion as a metaphor for the wonder of the universe.
Since the 1983 publication of The Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, Barbara Walker has been widely regarded as one of the most important feminist writers of the past twenty-five years. This sold handbook, originally published as Women's Rituals, is re-packaged in a fresh format with a new introduction and bibliography from the author for a new generation. This is a core text for every woman interested in feminist spirituality and ritual. It is all here---from techniques, procedures, and rituals for individuals and groups. Among the many topics covered are: holidays, chants, making mandalas, rites of passage, the laws of the goddess, tools and rituals for invocations.
Prominent feminist author Barbara Walker has revamped, retold, and infused with life some of your favorite classic fairy tales. No longer are women submissive, helpless creatures in need of redemption through the princely male! Instead they are vibrantly alive, strong women who take fate into their own hands.
The disconnection between spirituality and passionate love leaves a broad sense of dissatisfaction and boredom in relationships. The author illustrates how our vitality and capacity for joy depend on restoring the soul of the sacred prostitute to its rightful place in consciousness.
An examination of the patriarchy's views on women, reproduction, sex, and religious docrine shares the alternatives offered by the Goddess religion.

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