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Title:
Women who fly : goddesses, witches, mystics, and other airborne females
Author:
Young, Serinity, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2018]
Physical Description:
xiii, 358 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Summary:
"Examines the motif of the flying woman as it appears in a wide variety of cultures and historical periods, in legends, myths, rituals, sacred narratives, and artistic productions. ... Throughout, Young demonstrates that female power has always been inextricably linked with female sexuality and that the desire to control it is a pervasive theme in these stories."--Jacket flap.
Language:
English
Contents:
Earth, sky, women, and immortality -- Winged goddesses of sexuality, death, and immortality -- The fall of the Valkyries -- Swan maidens: captivity and sexuality -- Angels and fairies: male flight and contrary females -- Apsarās: enabling male immortality, part 1 -- Yoginīs and dākinīs: enabling male immortality, part 2 -- Witches and succubi: male sexual fantasies -- Women shamans: fluctuations in female spiritual power -- Flying mystics, or the exceptional woman, part I -- Flying mystics, or the exceptional woman, part II -- The aviatrix: nationalism, women, and heroism.
ISBN:
9780195307887
Format :
Book