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Focuses on the relationship between goddesses & sovereignty in a variety of cultural settings. Looks at sacred & divine queens as well as goddesses who exhibit a special relationship with an earthly ruler. Such goddesses are found in numerous cultures, & this vol. goes beyond the narrow vision of the past to discover the rich diversity of goddess traditions. Examines 14 divinities, incl. the ancient Mesopotamian star goddess, Inanna; Mazu, a goddess still worshipped in southern China; Oshun of Nigeria; Cihuacoatl of pre-historic America; & Christianity s Mary, Queen of Heaven. Provides the historical & religious contexts of each goddess & explores her royal iconography & related myths. Illus.
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Elisabeth Benard is at University of Puget Sound.Review:
"An interesting survey of regiocultural understandings of goddesses' relationship to human authority."-- The Journal of the American Academy of Religion
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Book Description Oxford Univ. Press, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0756757193