The Woman's Encyclopedia Of Myths And Secrets

Paperback | November 30, 1983

byBarbara G. Walker

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Do You Know...

  • where the legend of a cat's nine lives comes from?

  • why "mama" is a word understood in nearly all languages?

  • how the custom of kissing began?

  • whether there really was a female pope?

  • why Cinderella's glass slipper was so important to the Prince?

    The answers to these and countless other intriguing questions are given in this compulsively readable, feminist encyclopedia. Twenty-five years in preparation, this unique, comprehensive sourcebook focuses on mythology anthropology, religion, and sexuality to uncover precisely what other encyclopedias leave out or misrepresent. The Woman's Encyclopedia presents the fascinating stories behind word origins, legends, superstitions, and customs. A browser's delight and an indispensable resource, it offers 1,350 entries on magic, witchcraft, fairies, elves, giants, goddesses, gods, and psychological anomalies such as demonic possession; the mystical meanings of sun, moon, earth, sea, time, and space; ideas of the soul, reincarnation, creation and doomsday; ancient and modern attitudes toward sex, prostitution, romance, rape, warfare, death and sin, and more.

    Tracing these concepts to their prepatriarchal origins, Barbara G. Walker explores a "thousand hidden pockets of history and custom in addition to the valuable material recovered by archaeologists, orientalists, and other scholars."

    Not only a compendium of fascinating lore and scholarship, The Woman's Encyclopedia is a revolutionary book that offers a rare opportunity for both women and men to see our cultural heritage in a fresh light, and draw upon the past for a more humane future.

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Do You Know...where the legend of a cat's nine lives comes from? why "mama" is a word understood in nearly all languages?how the custom of kissing began?whether there really was a female pope?why Cinderella's glass slipper was so important to the Prince? The answers to these and countless other intriguing questions are given in this co...

Barbara G. Walker, author of The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, The Woman's Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects, and many other books, is a member of the Morris Museum Mineralogical Society and the Trailside Mineral Club of the New Jersey Earth Science Association.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1136 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.82 inPublished:November 30, 1983Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006250925X

ISBN - 13:9780062509253

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have... For any woman who has wondered about the role of women in the Bible & Torah, who really was Adam and why is he mentioned in numerous religions, and how your spirituality relates to others...this book is a must have. I can't express how many times I have wondered about a person or thing and have found a description in this book. This book is a staple for every woman's library.
Date published: 2000-12-22