The Divine Feminine in Ancient Europe

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This book is an exploration of the spiritual traditions of ancient Europe, focusing on the numinous presence of the divine feminine in Russia, Central Europe, France, Britain, Ireland and the northern regions. Drawing upon research in archaeology, history, sociology, anthropology and the study of religions to connect the reader with the myths and symbols of the European traditions, the book shows how the power of European goddesses and holy women evolved through the ages, adapting to climate change and social upheaval, but always reflecting the importance of living in an harmonious relationship with the environment and the spirit world. From the cave painting of southern France to ancient Irish tombs, from shamanic rituals to Arthurian legends, the divine feminine plays an essential role in understanding where we have come from and where we are going. Comparative examples from other native cultures, and quotes from spiritual leaders around the world, set European religions in context with other indigenous cultures.

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Sharon Paice MacLeod is a professional scholar, teacher and musician, and trained in Celtic Studies through Harvard University. She has taught at the university level, and published and presented academic work in North America and Europe. Her areas of expertise include Celtic and early European religious practices, indigenous studies, shamanism, and women's roles in Celtic and other northern European cultures.

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"If future generations are to survive on a recognizable planet, we must learn, or re-learn, to honor the Divine Feminine. Sharon Paice MacLeod leads us through the myths and rituals that can shapeshift this dream into reality." --John Perkins, New York Times best selling author

"This extraordinary book explores the Divine Feminine in Europe in a nuanced, careful, yet deeply poetic way. From the Bronze Age to the Grail legends of the Middle Ages, this beautifully written work allows one to ponder the relationship of women to the spiritual reality of European life, past and present. A basic theme of the book is that we must not only look to Greece and Rome, to Christianity and Judaism for the roots of modern culture, we must also look to the indigenous people of Europe." --Margot Adler, author, Drawing Down the Moon

"A fascinating examination of the history of the divine feminine in western civilization...scholarly in scope and detail, yet highly readable. For anyone with an interest in the many representations and manifestations of the sacred feminine in Europe, this book is an essential read." --Charlene Eska, Virginia Tech

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