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Isis and Osiris: Exploring the Goddess Myth

Cott, Jonathan

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ISBN 10: 0385512430 / ISBN 13: 9780385512435
Published by Doubleday, 1994
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Some wear to the cover edges, clean inside but pages faintly toned; good overall. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Standard Weight. Category: Myths, Legends, Folklore; ISBN: 0385512430. ISBN/EAN: 9780385512435. Inventory No: 139419. Bookseller Inventory # 139419

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Title: Isis and Osiris: Exploring the Goddess Myth

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Good

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Cott recounts the Egyptian myth and then examines it via interviews with the archpriestess of the Fellowship of Isis (a worldwide organization of over 15,000 members in 60 countries); the spiritual leader of the Ammonites and her nine-year-old son who is believed to be the incarnation of Isis and Osiris' son; and two psychologists who run workshops in which patients reenact the Isis/Osiris story as a means of therapy. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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Rebirth of the story of Isis and Osiris in modern times: the 12th book by Cott (Wandering Ghost, 1991, etc.), a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and Parabola. Drawing on various sources, from Plutarch to Joseph Campbell to Norman Mailer's Ancient Evenings (``the most volatile and audacious modern times''), Cott retells the story of Isis and Osiris, twin sister and brother, wife and husband, goddess and god--a simple story with many twists. Osiris seems to be the god of resurrection and Isis goddess of the mother principle--or, Cott says, so it seems in modern eyes. He interviews Dr. James P. Allen, a noted author of Egyptian creation myths and an associate curator of the Department of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum, who goes quite finely into family ties among the gods but thinks that the anal insemination of Set by Osiris and of Osiris by Set did not mean that sodomy was acceptable to ancient Egyptians. At Clonegal Castle, Ireland, Cott joins with Olivia Robertson and her brother Lawrence Durdin-Robertson, archpriestess and hierophant, who have their own Temple of Isis and spearhead a revival for worship of the Egyptian gods with the Fellowship of Isis, an organization of some 11,000 people living in 60 countries, including Ireland, Japan, Nigeria, the US, India, and New Zealand. Despite bad vibes in the tabloids, the 70-plus Olivia insists that ``We don't have orgies, we have ecstasies.'' Cott also visits the Ammonite Foundation in Egypt; and the Isis and Osiris Workshop in Edmonton, Canada, run by psychologists of archetypes, Evangeline Kane and her husband Franklin, who give the myth absorbing Jungian interpretations. More journalistic than inspired or in any way convincing. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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