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Goddesses Who Rule - Elisabeth Benard

Goddesses Who Rule

By: Elisabeth Benard (Editor), Beverly Moon (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st October 2000
ISBN: 9780195121315
Number Of Pages: 272

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Goddesses often are labeled as one-dimensional forces of nature or fertility. In examining a number of goddesses whose primary role is sovereignty, this volume reveals the rich diversity of goddess traditions. Drawn from a variety of cultural and historical settings, the goddesses described here include Inanna of ancient Sumer; Oshun of Nigeria; and Cihuacoatl of pre-historical America.

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"An interesting survey of regiocultural understandings of goddesses' relationship to human authority."-- The Journal of the American Academy of Religion

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Introductionp. 3
Love and War: Foundations of Sovereignty
Aphrodite, Ancestor of Kingsp. 17
How the Fearsome Fish-Eyed Queen Minatci Became a Perfectly Ordinary Goddessp. 33
More Than Earth: Cihuacoatl as Female Warrior, Male Matron, and Inside Rulerp. 51
Inanna: The Star Who Became Queenp. 69
Power Bestowed/Power Withdrawn: The Goddess who Gives and Takes Back Sovereign Power
Celtic Goddesses of Sovereigntyp. 85
Sovereignty and the Great Goddess of Japanp. 101
Yoruba Goddesses and Sovereignty in Southwestern Nigeriap. 119
Sri-Laksmi: Majesty of the Hindu Kingp. 133
Traditions in Collison: Political Change and Perspectives on Sovereignty
Transformations of Wen Cheng Kongjo: The Tang Princess, Tibetan Queen, and Buddhist Goddess Tarap. 149
Becoming the Empress of Heaven: The Life and Bureaucratic Career of Mazup. 165
King Arthur and Morgan le Fayp. 181
Transcendence For All: The Democratization of Sovereignty
The Goddess, the Emperor, and the Adept: The Queen Mother of the West as Bestower of Legitimacy and Immortalityp. 197
Goddesses and Sovereignty in Ancient Egyptp. 215
Queen Mary and Medieval Christendomp. 233
Reflectionsp. 249
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ISBN: 9780195121315
ISBN-10: 0195121317
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 1st October 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.72  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.39

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