Savage Breast: A Man's Search for the GoddessPaperback
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- Publisher: O Books
- Format: Paperback | 280 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 213mm x 31mm | 499g
- Publication date: 13 April 2006
- Publication City/Country: New Alresford
- ISBN 10: 1905047584
- ISBN 13: 9781905047581
- Sales rank: 722,030
"The Da Vinci Code" tapped a deep fascination for the sacred feminine hidden at the heart of Christianity. Best-selling author, Tim Ward digs deeper into this mystery, propelling the reader into the pre-Christian Goddess religions of the Mediterranean. Ward confronts tough questions: Are men threatened by the innate power of the feminine? Why do men abuse, rape, and dominate women? Shouldn't loving relationships with the opposite sex be natural and easy? Did we all lose an essential part of ourselves when we turned our back on the feminine divine? How would opening to the feminine face of God help men resolve their issues with women? What would it take for men to really let go of patriarchy and genuinely accept women as equals? To answer these questions, Ward decided to seek out the Goddess, with his own demons in tow. Over a period of three years, he travelled to the ruined temples and shrines of the Goddess in the cradles of Western Civilization. At each, he encountered one aspect of the many faces of the Goddess. He vividly recreates the experience of ancient believers: the Eleusinian Mysteries of Demeter, the sexual rites of the priestesses of Aphrodite, and a human sacrifice on a mountaintop shrine in Crete. And in Turkey, he sits at the feet of the many-breasted Artemis of Ephesus, whose rioting followers once threatened to kill the Apostle Paul. "Facing the Goddess" unleashes turbulent emotions for Ward. With frank honesty, he describes the traumas that erupt in his relationship with the woman he loves, who accompanied him on many of his journeys.
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Tim Ward studied philosophy at the University of British Columbia and his several titles include What the Buddha Never Taught. He has lived throughout the Far East but is now based in Maryland, where he runs his own communications Training business.
"'Ward's book is a kind of archaeology of the soul. He digs through the layers of his own male psyche and cultural conditioning, and does not flinch at what he finds buried underneath. He brings ancient rituals to life as he re-imagines what it must have been like to be a man living in the time of the goddess. His vivid account cuts to the heart of man's relationship with the feminine divine - and, even more important, to men's relationships with flesh-and-blood women. Wade Davis, author of One River and The Serpent and the Rainbow 'Few male writers except theologians have dared to interpret the goddess movement but Tim Ward in his frank, intrepid way, has given us a thoughtful, personal account of one man's look at the goddess and why many men have been so angry at women. Susan Swan, author of What Cassanova Told Me 'Powerful...Tim Ward's personal encounters with the statues, frescos, temples and sacred sites of ancient goddesses remind us that these artifacts are not sterile stones but the touchstones to a still living world of human experience.' Richard Rudgley, Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age"