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Visions of the goddess
Milne, Courtney, 1943-
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Penguin Studio, 1998.
Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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Central Library BL473.5 .M54 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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For centuries, cultures throughout the world have venerated the feminine aspect of God--a goddess archetype that was the giver of life and death. Now, goddess mythology has taken on new meaning in Visions of the Goddess. Authors Courtney Milne and Sherrill Miller give us Mother Earth, not just as a symbol, but also as a vital energy manifest in the landscape of our planet.Through breathtaking photos of natural landscapes and in-depth histories of goddess archetypes for each region shown, Visions of the Goddess takes us back in time through the eyes of the ancient peoples. We learn that the goddess can assume many guises, from Hera, the Mother Goddess of Greece and symbol of fertility and abundance, to the dark female energy of the Hindu Goddess Kali, who through the symbol of death is truly the slayer of the world's illusions. This insightful and wonder-provoking exploration of the feminine world is divided into sections--Earth Mother, The Fruit Bearer, The Water Goddess, and The Sky Dancer--in a stunning photographic survey that will alter the way we think about Mother Earth.

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Booklist Review

Miller's text provides an excellent cross-cultural perspective on the goddess, replete with detail yet easy to follow and gracefully written. The accompanying photographs are more than excellent: they are superlative. Many are depictions of the goddess as seen by ancient and tribal peoples and rendered in petroglyphs and statues, in temples and shrines. But more depict the goddess as she appears in nature itself: in snowy peaks and bubbling springs, in light on spring leaves in a poplar grove, in the palmy shapes of high waves, and in the starry explosions of the sun on clouds. The photographs, Milne's work, are sumptuous and evocative. Although Milne uses many unusual techniques--camera movement, multiple exposures, refraction filters--emotional and spiritual content takes precedence. These lovely images are in fact worthy of larger reproduction than the publisher elected to give them: it is hard to get lost in a three-by-two-inch photo. The pictures cry out to be more compellingly presented. Despite that compromising flaw, Visions of the Goddess is the most beautiful book of its kind on the subject yet to be assembled. --Patricia Monaghan

Library Journal Review

Milne's (The Sacred Earth, Abrams, 1993) primary goal is to present the Earth Mother myth as it appears in geographically diverse matriarchal cultures. Through these Goddess traditions, the reader is introduced to Wild Psyche, Healing Spirit, and Mountain DwellerÄeach another aspect of the Earth Mother. Color images throughout the book are meant to help readers reconnect to the world around them and particularly to the feminine energy of life. Various goddess stories, highlighted with photographs, encourage a feeling of wholeness in the reader. Library collections staying current in mythology can include this visual storytelling journey, which complements other New Age or goddess titles.ÄLeroy Hommerding, Citrus Cty. Lib., Inverness, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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