"A haunting story of betrayal and forgiveness" (Kirkus) about a woman who moves her family to Hawaii, only to find herself wrapped up in a dangerous friendship, from the celebrated author of We Could Be Beautiful. When Nancy and her family arrive in Kona, Hawaii, they are desperate for a fresh start. Nancy's husband has cheated on her; they sleep in separate bedrooms and their twin sons have been acting out, setting off illegal fireworks. But Hawaii is paradise: they plant an orange tree in the yard; they share a bed once again and Nancy resolves to make a happy life for herself. She starts taking a yoga class and there she meets Ana, the charismatic teacher. Ana has short, black hair, a warm smile, and a hard-won wisdom that resonates deeply within Nancy. They are soon spending all their time together, sharing dinners, relaxing in Ana's hot tub, driving around Kona in the cute little car Ana helps Nancy buy. As Nancy grows closer and closer to Ana—skipping family dinners and leaving the twins to their own devices she feels a happiness and understanding unlike anything she's ever experienced, and she knows that she will do anything Ana asks of her. A mesmerizing story of friendship and manipulation set against the idyllic tropical world of the Big Island, The Goddesses is a stunning psychological novel by one of our most exciting young writers.
International bestselling author Josephine Angelini concludes her action-packed Starcrossed trilogy with Goddess—a romantically-charged page-turner that Newsday raved was a "clever reworking of Greek mythology." After Helen Hamilton accidentally unleashes the violent gods from their captivity on Olympus, she and her friends must imprison them before their thirst for war—and blood—take over the world. But the gods' fury already has a body count, and time is running out. With Lucas Delos's life hanging in the balance, and their once-solid group of friends now divided, Helen must face this battle alone, while also deciding who has her heart—Lucas, or the possible Tyrant, Orion. With a masterfully-woven plot and epically-high stakes, the compelling twists and turns in Goddess will leave readers completely spellbound.
Author: Anne Baring
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date: 1993-03-25
Genre: Social Science
A comprehensive, scholarly accessible study, in which the authors draw upon poetry and mythology, art and literature, archaeology and psychology to show how the myth of the goddess has been lost from our formal Judeo-Christian images of the divine. They explain what happened to the goddess, when, and how she was excluded from western culture, and the implications of this loss.
"The incredible story of the woman--actress, dancer, yogi, globetrotter--who brought yoga to America and to much of the rest of the western world. Born Eugenia Peterson in early 20th century Russia, Indra Devi was a rebel from earliest childhood. In the1930s she fled to Berlin, and then--driven by her passion for yoga and a fascination with yogic philosophy (and Theosophy)--she journeyed to India, at a time when unaccompanied young European women were unheard of. In India she performed perhaps her greatest feat--convincing even the most recalcitrant yogis, from Krishnamurti to Krishnamacharya, to reveal to her the secrets of their art. She would go on to share what she learned with men and women around the world--teaching Gloria Swanson and Greta Garboin Hollywood, then moving to Mexico and later to Buenos Aires--helping to usher in the craze for yoga that continues unabated in the U.S. and throughout the world today. Written with vivid clarity, and describing the extraordinary spread and popularization of a philosophical movement, The Goddess Posebrings Indra Devi's little known but wholly remarkable story to life"--
Author: Katalin Koda
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Release Date: 2011-09-08
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
You are a creator, lover, priestess, and healer—a multifaceted goddess with confidence, spiritual wisdom, and the power to reinvent yourself. Based on a lifetime of deep spiritual study and her firsthand experiences around the world, Katalin Koda offers an innovative way for you to bring the sacred feminine into your everyday life. Fire of the Goddess presents nine goddess archetypes that correspond with every woman's inherent gifts and the most important facets of her life: firebearer, initiate, warrioress, healer, consort, bodhisattva, priestess, weaver, and crone. For each archetype, you'll connect with its associated goddess—Pele, Artemis, Quan Yin, Isis, and others—through inspiring exercises, the power of myth, and a sacred ceremony. —Form a women's circle —Call on your ancestors —Find your animal guide —Celebrate your sensuality —Open up to your inner masculine —Practice deep listening Through the exploration of each goddess aspect, you will begin to discover the strength, spirituality, beauty, and authenticity of your sacred and ever-evolving self. "This is a truly wonderful literary experience that connects women to a profound aspect of themselves that is often overlooked by the modern world." -PREDICTION
Author: Michael Balter
Release Date: 2016-06-16
Genre: Social Science
Veteran science writer Michael Balter skillfully weaves together many threads in this fascinating book about one of archaeology’s most legendary sites— Çatalhöyük. First excavated forty years ago, the site is justly revered by prehistorians, art historians, and New Age goddess worshippers alike for its spectacular finds dating almost 10,000 years ago. Archaeological maverick Ian Hodder, leader of the recent re-excavation at this Turkish mound, designated Balter as the project’s biographer. The result is a skillful telling of many stories about both past and present: of the inhabitants of Neolithic Çatalhöyük and the development of human creativity and ingenuity, as revealed in the recent excavation; of James Mellaart, the original excavator, whose troubles off the mound eventually overshadowed his incisive work at the site; of Hodder and his intense, brilliant crew who marveled and squabbled over the meaning of finds in dusty trenches while attempting to reintepret Mellaart’s work; and of the recent history of the theory and methods of archaeology itself. Part story of the human past, part soap opera of modern scholarly life, part textbook on the practice of modern archaeology, this book should appeal to general readers and archaeological students alike.
Though American crime novels are often derided for containing misogynistic attitudes and limiting ideas of masculinity, Greg Forter maintains that they are instead psychologically complex and sophisticated works that demand closer attention. Eschewing the synthetic methodologies of earlier work on crime fiction, Murdering Masculinities argues that the crime novel does not provide a consolidated and stable notion of masculinity. Rather, it demands that male readers take responsibility for the desires they project on to these novels. Forter examines the narrative strategies of five novels--Hammett's The Glass Key, Cain's Serenade, Faulkner's Sanctuary, Thompson's Pop. 1280, and Himes's Blind Man with a Pistol--in conjunction with their treatment of bodily metaphors of smell, vision, and voice. In the process, Forter unearths a "generic unconscious" that reveals things Freud both discovered and sought to repress.
Author: Shahrukh Husain
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Release Date: 1997
From the dawn of the human race, the idea of a Mother Goddess has been an archetype found in every culture and every era and this fascinating study explores all of her many faces and multitude of roles "
Author: Sumathi Ramaswamy
Publisher: Duke University Press
Release Date: 2009-01-01
Making the case for a new kind of visual history, The Goddess and the Nation charts the pictorial life and career of Bharat Mata, “Mother India,” the Indian nation imagined as mother/goddess, embodiment of national territory, and unifying symbol for the country’s diverse communities. Soon after Mother India’s emergence in the late nineteenth century, artists, both famous and amateur, began to picture her in various media, incorporating the map of India into her visual persona. The images they produced enabled patriotic men and women in a heterogeneous population to collectively visualize India, affectively identify with it, and even become willing to surrender their lives for it. Filled with illustrations, including 100 in color, The Goddess and the Nation draws on visual studies, gender studies, and the history of cartography to offer a rigorous analysis of Mother India’s appearance in painting, print, poster art, and pictures from the late nineteenth century to the present. By exploring the mutual entanglement of the scientifically mapped image of India and a (Hindu) mother/goddess, Sumathi Ramaswamy reveals Mother India as a figure who relies on the British colonial mapped image of her dominion to distinguish her from the other goddesses of India, and to guarantee her novel status as embodiment, sign, and symbol of national territory. Providing an exemplary critique of ideologies of gender and the science of cartography, Ramaswamy demonstrates that images do not merely reflect history; they actively make it. In The Goddess and the Nation, she teaches us about pictorial ways of learning the form of the nation, of how to live with it—and ultimately to die for it.
Powerful female icons are one of today's best-selling subjects -- and readers everywhere love magic, a topic that never goes out of style. "The Goddess" is an enchanting collection that brings together twenty of the most important goddesses from world myths and legends. Organized alphabetically by goddess, this beautifully illustrated volume includes Greek and Roman goddesses as well as Eastern goddesses from Chinese and Indian mythology. Exquisite photographs of ancient and classical works of art accompany information about each deity's story and symbolism.
Every woman has the potential inside to shine bright and to achieve greatness. However, sometimes fear, painful pasts, and toxic environments hold her back. There is no magic secret to success, love, and happiness, but there are steps we can all take to help ourselves stay balanced and sane through all of life's ups and downs. What is the answer to keeping it all balanced? It is the bond with the inner self. And to get that, we must all unleash our own Goddess Potential. With a heartfelt foreword from Estelle Swaray, the Goddess Potential uses eight principles with steps that will help you explore and embrace your inner self. Each principle begins with an affirmation read in the mirror. Why mirror affirmations? Because, retraining the brain combined with nurturing the spirit is the key to success. When you affirm the life you want by staring directly into your own eyes, it's almost like pressing the reset button in your brain. Plus, when information enters the brain through vision and hearing at the same time, it has a greater impact on memory and on storing the information. Self-love and self-mastery is a lifelong journey and The Goddess Potential hopes to help you start that journey. Filled with inspirational steps, personal stories of success and failure, and a unique perspective on basic life principles, it is the perfect guide for women who are truly trying to find themselves. No matter where life has taken you, The Goddess Potential is a reminder that every day is an opportunity for a fresh start. When you unleash your Goddess Potential, you will: -Boost your self-esteem -Worry less about what people think -Have the confidence to reach for your dreams -Have the courage to follow your instincts when it comes to love -Be able to relax even in the presence of uncertainty -Fall in love with your true self -Support and not tear down other women Visit www.thegoddesspotential.com for Empowerment & Sisterhood
Author: Devdutt Pattanaik
Publisher: Inner Traditions / Bear & Co
Release Date: 2000-09
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Exploring mysteries of gender and biology and shedding light on the roots of taboos and traditions still practiced in India today, Pattanaik shows how mortal woman can be both worshipped and feared as she embodies the image of the Mother Goddess.
Author: C. Mackenzie Brown
Publisher: SUNY Press
Release Date: 1990-08-29
The authors of the Devi-Bhagavata Puranendeavored to demonstrate the superiority of the Devi over competing masculine deities, and to articulate in new ways the manifold nature of the Goddess. Brown's book sets out to examine how the Puranpursues these ends. The Devi-Bhagavata employs many ancient myths and motifs from older masculine theologies, incorporating them into a thoroughly "feminized" theological framework. The text also seeks to supplant older "masculine" canonical authorities. Part I of Brown's study explores these strategies by focusing on the Puran's self-conscious endeavor to supersede the famous VaisBhagavata Puran. The Devi-Bhagavata also re-envisions older mythological traditions about the Goddess, especially those in the first great Sanskritic glorification of the Goddess, the Devi-Mahatmya. Brown shows in Part II how this re-envisioning process transforms the Devi from a primarily martial and erotic goddess into the World-Mother of infinite compassion. Part III examines the Devi Gita, the philosophical climax of the Puranmodeled upon the Bhagavad Gita. The Devi Gita, while affirming that ultimate reality is the divine Mother, avows that her highest form as consciousness encompasses all gender, thereby suggesting the final triumph of the Goddess. It is not simply that She is superior to the male gods, but rather that She transcends Her own sexuality without denying it.
Author: Kala Trobe
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Discover the power of Hindu, Greek and Egyptian goddesses to bring you love, peace, healing, and personal power, in Invoke the Goddess by Kala Trobe The Goddess has already given you the innate capacity to heal yourself. She can be your ally on your personal healing journey as you manifest those abilities. Invoke the Goddess explores the symbolism of 15 Hindu, Egyptian, and Greek manifestations of the Divine, and offers you guided visualizations that will show you how to avail yourself of Her power: ·Looking for love? Aphrodite will assist you ·Need a magickal boost? Isis will show you the way ·Want to make amends with others or yourself? Nephthys will help ·Lacking in Inspiration? Sarasvati will set your creativity flying The key to working with these deities is the use of specialized, in-depth visualizations described in Invoke the Goddess. To help you get the most from these powerful visualizations, this book contains a thorough guide to cleansing your chakras, preparing ritual colored baths of solarized water, and the basics of a healthful and magickal diet and exercise plan. From India, you will learn to work closely with Sarasvati, Durga, Kali, Laksmi, and Radha. Goddesses you will work with from the Egyptian pantheon are Isis, Nephthys, Hathor, Maat, and Sekhmet. The Greek goddesses you will invoke include Artemis, Persephone, Hecate, Aphrodite, and Iris. The visualizations will help you attune with one or more of these deities closer than ever before. No matter what reason you have for needing the inspiration of the Goddess, you can find the one who offers you exactly the aspect of the Divine you need, when you get Invoke the Goddess.
In all religions, the goddess or the feminine aspect of God has been hidden under doctrine and dogma. The root of equality is left trampled in the ruins of the ancient temples that scatter the globe; Gracie created this book to bring her back to her original glory. This book is intended to help women love their flesh, their original beauty, to do away with the plastic and the pornographic. Real women are organic, their bodies unique; their bodies are their own. Gracies dreams led her down this path; because of her vivid spiritual and mystical dreams, she began to study Jungian dream analogy; Jung led her to Albert Einstein. These two brilliant minds could connect the mysteries for her. She understands it is the mysteries that lead us. It is Gracies intention to bring into awareness, sacred sexuality through the God and Goddess archetypical wisdom of healthy, mature sexuality for the sake of love, lust, and spirituality.