The Double Goddess: Women Sharing Power (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Double Goddess A study of the "double goddess" iconography prominent in Neolithic and Bronze Age cultures that expands our understanding of female sovereignty. Celebrates this archetype of sacred female bonding and depicts a vast array of relationships women may form with themselves and each other to explore a sense of self and empowerment, and to share power with each other.
- Published: 24 July 2003
- Format: Paperback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781591430117 ISBN 10: 1591430119
- Sales rank: 453,384
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The first book to seriously study the double goddess that figures prominently in Neolithic and Bronze Age cultures. - Offers an important symbol for modern women seeking to reconnect with their ancient, integral sense of self and wholeness. - Presents an archetype for the sacred potential of female bonding, whether between mother and daughter, teacher and student, friends, or lovers. - Illustrated with 149 examples of double goddess images. Numerous figures depicting two women in intimate relation with one another, or as a single body with two heads, have been discovered in important centers of early civilizations such as Catal Huyuk and Gozo. These have been routinely ignored by scholars or dismissed as mere dolls with no sacred connotations whatsoever. Vicki Noble shows, to the contrary, that this double goddess is an ancient icon that can considerably expand our understanding of female sovereignty, as well as provide contemporary women with a way to reconnect with the integral sense of self and wholeness enjoyed by their ancestors. Ancient Goddess religion was informed by the organic cycles of nature--the dual poles of Life and Death. The double goddess represents phenomena such as the Earth-Moon pair, the Upper-Underworld pair, the Summer and Winter poles of the seasonal year, and the dual poles of the female biological reality of menstruation and ovulation--the dark and the light. The double goddess in all her varied forms also depicts the vast array of potential relationships women can form with themselves and each other. This book is a celebration of an archetype that not only empowers women, but also teaches them how to share that power with each other.