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S studies scholar professor of mythology and curator of collections at Opus Archives which holds the Joseph Campbell archival manuscript collection and personal library collects these lectures for the first time In them Campbell traces the evolution of the feminine divine from one Great Goddess to many from Neolithic Old Europe to the Renaissance He sheds new light on classical motifs and reveals how the feminine divine symbolizes the archetypal energies of transformation initiation and inspirati. I came across Joseph Campbell s lectures on the goddesses at a time when I was in a faith crisis precipitated by the realization that my participation in a religious organization with an all male priesthood had caused me to internalize misogyny that I had not previously been aware of My journey to understand that led me first to ask why a benevolent god who regards me as having as much worth as any of his other children would ordain a social order that diminishes women short answer he wouldn t and second if god were a goddess what would that look likeJoseph Campbell s lectures were very helpful to me in answering the second uestion At first I was a little put off by the idea that the only thing that seems to be divine about women is their life giving capacity but then Campbell pointed out that the masculine and feminine constructs are man made and the gods and goddesses are ways that we make sense of powers that are in ourselves and in the world Women are not meant to be wholly defined by our understanding of the goddessI very much appreciated Campbell s descriptions of the ways that our cultural myths particularly the Judeo Christian myths were built upon prior myths For example he points out that the story of Cain and Abel is about the tension between the agricultural and herding societies which were encountering each other in the historical era during which the bible was written He says that Cain a farmer represents the agricultural society and Abel a herder represents the herding society They each bring their offering to a male god and that god prefers the meat to the grains Cain then kills Abel out of jealousy Campbell points out that there was an older myth in which the two offerings are presented to the goddess and she chooses the grains over meat Campbell points out that this biblical rewrite of the older myth is about setting supreme the male god of the herding society and erasing the goddess altogether There are many examples of the ways that the bible erases demotes or evilizes the goddess

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Goddesses Mysteries of the Feminine Divine

The first Joseph Campbell work to focus on the Goddess edited and introduced by Safron Rossi PhD Curator of Collections at Opus Archives and Research Center home to the archival collections of Joseph Campbell Marija Gimbutas James Hillman and other scholars of mythology Jungian and archetypal psychology and the humanitiesJoseph Campbell brought mythology to a mass audience His bestselling books including The Power of Myth and The Hero with a Thousand Faces are the rare blockbusters that are also. Gender conflict has deep historical roots Goddesses Mysteries of the Divine Feminine is a book based on lectures and notes by the late Joseph Campbell It is produced by the Joseph Campbell Foundation and edited by Dr Safron Rossi The book traces the Goddess in history from ancient times and peoples to around the time of the European Renaissance around the 15th centuryIt is a fascinating work and an in depth look into an aspect of mythology that is freuently overlooked Many works feature entire pantheons and tribal deities but few are devoted to following the archetypal motif of the Goddess as she moves evolves diminishes and rises transformed through the many arcs of history and mythologies Goddesses is one of those few that I ve encounteredThe story begins in the Old Stone Age 30000 10000 BC where archaeological artifacts depict women as magical vessels which produces life and where men are depicted as task performers The book notes that today women are often than not seen as objects seen primarily in terms of appearance and youth while men are seen as task performers not much has changedWith the development of agricultural societies authority transfers to the female and the Goddess is seen as the global forces and energies of nature and life As some tribes become nomadic with hunting as their primary means of support the Goddess decreases and the male hero gods gain prominence The mythologies depict these gods killing off their maternal ancestors The male gains authority and dominance among these societiesAs history continues the two types of societies increasingly come into conflict with one another Cultures are subsumed by conuering The warring societies dominate Cities develop and mythologies have to change and adapt to justify specialization of tasks and castes For a period of time from around 3000 BC give or take several centuries to around 700 BC male oriented mythologies dominate However the Goddess cannot be silenced forever and begin their return into the Greek pantheon Based on its themes it is suggested that The Odyssey was composed by a woman to bring the feminine characteristics and power back into Greek thought The book goes into great detail on an analysis and interpretation of the Iliad which precedes and The Odyssey to see the transformation in thought that takes place between these two works Goddesses shows that throughout history the feminine mythologies focus on life and harmony that she help unite people into community On the other hand the masculine kills and divides and promotes mostly self interest Because many readers have the Jewish and Christian texts as their primary religious and mythological background comparison are made throughout Goddesses highlighting similarities between what is found in the Bible and what is found in surrounding cultures often predating the biblical texts by hundreds and thousands of yearsThe major monotheistic religions are patriarchal According to Goddesses they have effectively conuered and killed the female character even though vestiges can be found in their texts if one looks deeply Attributes and characteristics that are typical of the female are assigned to the male deity In so doing these religions are able to keep the Goddess dead Goddesses ends in the time of the Renaissance with a return of the Goddess into mythology The Arthurian legends the Virgin Birth and the veneration of Mary are interpreted as part of the returnI really enjoyed Goddesses and found it uite informative It shows how mythology and religion have been employed as weapons in gender and sex power struggles since the dawn of human civilization It shows how people have tried to make sense of the world and the universe from the very beginning of consciousness It shows how mythologies form develop change are borrowed and are transformed to fit the needs of people at any given time It shows that mythologies themselves are not sacred but they point to a transcendent reality that is believed to exist For some this book will be very uncomfortable It will challenge and greatly refute the concept of divine special revelation at least the way special revelation is typically understood in certain religious traditions It will challenge the foundational soundness of the idea that an exclusive male deity can be truly good It will challenge the origins and purposes of religious thought and practice I think this is a good thing We need to be aware of the use and misuse of the powers of mythology and religion We need to be cognizant of our commonalities across cultures and beliefs The rise of feminism in the modern era I now see is no accident It is a natural process predicted by anthropology history and mythology It is part of a working out of gender relationships in our time Will the feminine be able to successfully establish herself a lasting presence as an eual power and authority in the still patriarchal modern society Will she be able to transform the mythologies and religions that inform us today into ones that welcome the full participation of the feminineThis review is based on an advance review copy supplied by the publisher through NetGalley

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Scholarly classicsWhile Campbell’s work reached wide and deep as he covered the world’s great mythological traditions he never wrote a book on goddesses in world mythology He did however have much to say on the subject Between 1972 and 1986 he gave over twenty lectures and workshops on goddesses exploring the figures functions symbols and themes of the feminine divine following them through their transformations across cultures and epochsIn this provocative volume editor Safron Rossi a goddes. I don t know how to put into words how great this book is

10 thoughts on “Goddesses Mysteries of the Feminine Divine

  1. says:

    I am going to say this again Joseph Cambell was writing about Jungian Archetypes and world mythology long before Jordan Petersen came on the scene and does it much better than him and without the right wing reactionary and misogynist baggage I was into Campbell in the 1980s and the 1990s and revisit him in part because his

  2. says:

    Gender conflict has deep historical roots Goddesses Mysteries of the Divine Feminine is a book based on lecture

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    Joseph Campbell is a well known scholar of mythology who has taught a number if years at the University level and has authored numerous books His material is gold  as far as I am concerned AT the same time as being scholarly his style is also highly readable and enjoyable Read this and you will get lots of information Beware though becaus

  4. says:

    I don't know how to put into words how great this book is

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    For those of you who are unfamiliar with Joseph Campbell know that he was a renowned mythologist endowed with the ability to make myth accessible and appealing to all It is a true pleasure to read his works and to receive his knowledge of the spiritual principles ingrained in all legendsThis book is a compilation of lectures given by Joseph Campbell on the subject of the feminine divine Campbell traces the evolution of the concept of the

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    This book is a collection of Joseph Campbell's lectures and workshops on goddesses that explore the symbols and themes of the feminine divine Edited by Safron Rossi this book is a treasure chest and overview of Campbell's perspectiv

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    This exceedingly well edited collection of essays lectures and notes by Joseph Campbell was useful in seeing his overall opinion of

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    I came across Joseph Campbell's lectures on the goddesses at a time when I was in a faith crisis precipitated by the realization that my participation in a religious organization with an all male priesthood had caused me to internalize misogyny that I had not previously been aware of My journey to understand that led me first to ask why a benevolent god who regards me as having as much worth as any of his other children

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    Read the chapters I needed up to the Gods and Goddess of Ancient Greece Its been a while since I read anything even close to scholarly and I really enjoyed Campbell's cross cultural approach to understanding both the power of the Goddess and how that power was eventually stripped away as Creator Father figures took over My only complaint is that the illustrations were small and in black and white Some of the works he refers to as evidenc

  10. says:

    A little dated and a little disjointed and as ever I always want him to finish his thoughts His mercurial mind j

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