Goddesses in Myths and Folklore

 

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:: Our Faves in Books About the Gods & Goddesses Myths ::

Goddess Gift: Discover Your Goddess Type, by Sharon Turnbull. Using the goddess myths of over 20 goddesses as models, Goddess Gift gives modern women concrete images and specific ways of thinking and being; ways to grow and to be strong while remaining fully female.

Use the self-scoring test to Discover Your Goddess Type, find her in the myths, and then connect with your inner goddess using the mantras and activities provided.

Rediscover the goddess and let Your Goddess Grow! Goddess Gift will help you understand the patterns of your life and plant you firmly on the path to finding the life you were always meant to live. For more information:  Goddess Gift: Discover Your Goddess Type.


Goddess: A Celebration in Art and Literature, by Jalaja Bonheim (Ed.) A generously illustrated book containing the tales (written by several famous authors) of various goddesses from numerous cultures.

Goddesses,  by Burleigh Muten. A little encyclopedia of the world's goddesses, beautifully illustrated. Tells you just enough to whet your appetite. A pleasure to peruse and an ideal gift for a young girl! Out of print now, but grab a copy if you ever run across one. They are collector's items.

Women's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, by Barbara Walker. Everything you wanted to know about goddesses, pagan practices, and much, much, more. Scholarly AND enjoyable to read. You can also get a:
Free download of an Advanced Index to the Encyclopedia.
 


The New Book of Goddesses and Heroines, by Patricia Monaghan, Phoenix Publishing Co.
 
Featuring an extensive "encyclopedia" of goddesses and heroines from a wide range of cultures by the author of The Goddess Path and The Goddess Companion.

Drawing Down the Moon, by Margot Adler, Beacon Hill Press.
General introduction to the beliefs and practices of the many variants of modern Neo-Paganism.

Bulfinch's Mythology. A "classic" work on Greek/Roman myths, legends, and fables. Now accessible on the web: Bulfinch's Mythology Site

The Hero with a Thousand Faces, by Joseph Campbell.  Inspiring work by the best selling author of the 4 volume The Masks of God, but goddesses somewhat neglected in favor of the males/gods.

Gods and Myths of  Northern Europe, by H. R. Ellis Davidson, Penguin Paperback. Scholarly presentation of  the stories, myths, and folklore of the Norse.  Davidson also is the author of the related publication that examines the mythology of the neighboring regions in : Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe: Early Scandinavian and Celtic Religions.


Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype,  by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. The book that took the world by storm, using the medium of storytelling, this book is sure to become a classic and illustrates the "workings" of archetypal psychology as well as being an enjoyable read.

The Women's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects, by Barbara Walker.
Fascinating guide to the history and mythology of woman-related symbols with drawings and essays. A valuable reference and an interesting read.

Legends of the Stones, by Elaine Sonne. The mystical, magical healing properties of gemstones (turquoise, coral, jasper, amethyst) along with their  symbols and myth wizards, dragons, cats, goddesses and kings are power sources that call forth your destiny. Tap into their power to help you manifest the 'wild woman' that you were meant to be.

Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe, by Marija Gimbutas. Groundbreaking analysis, based primarily on archeological finds, of the religions of early humans. Supports notion that our ancestors primarily worshipped the goddess/goddesses who were later supplanted by the gods as patriarchies became ascendant.

The Language of the Goddess, by Marija Gimbutus with foreword by Joseph Campbell, University of California Press.  Richly illustrated, this controversial study of early and prehistoric artifacts supports the existence matriarchal goddess-worshipping cultures that were earth-centered, egalitarian, and peaceful.

The Greek Myths, Vols. 1 and 2, by Robert Graves, Penguin Paperback. Recounting and analysis of the Greek myths from Graves' own particular points of view. A classic work, although the goddesses are somewhat slighted in favor of the male deities.

The Witches' Goddess and The Witches' God, by Janet and Stewart Farrar. Introduction to modern neo-paganism and wicca. Contains information on several deities and their worship in contemporary times.

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, by Edith Hamilton, Warner Books. Renowned for her love and knowledge of classical literature, this author created a legendary bestseller in this masterful retelling of the great Greek, Roman, and Norse myths. Makes a great gift for a young person too.


Find out where to find additional Myths and Folklore sacred texts (goddess).

Classical Gods and Heroes: Myths As Told by the Ancient Authors, by Rhoda A. Hendricks,  McGraw-Hill. Encyclopedic listing of the gods and goddesses, heroes of legends, and mythical beings.Slavic Sorcery: Shamanic Journey of Initiation, by Kenneth Johnson, Llewellyn Publications.  Personal account of the author's journey to Russia and his studies of ancient Slavic magical traditions of empowerment and healing. Guide to major Slavic gods and goddesses.

Extraordinary Women by Chaz Allen. Ever wish there were American goddesses?  Well there are, and they're not all celebrities! These  true stories are enticingly brief, absolutely amazing, and often sassy! You can read one of the stories at our site.

The Red-haired Girl from the Bog, by Patricia Monaghan.
Explores the myths and the landscape of the Celtic spirit. Part travel memoir, part mythology, and totally enjoyable.

Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood: A Treasury of Goddess and Heroine Lore from Around the World, by Merlin Stone.
One of the best general reading books for accessing information about goddesses from a multi-cultural perspective and viewing the commonalities in different deities. Although criticized by scholars for lack of depth and documentation, it provides a broad (and extensive) treatment of the subject and has received great popular acclaim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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