Goddess, The27 Feb 2017 16:30
An invention of 19th and 20th century occultism and speculations about prehistory (as opposed to particular goddesses, of whom there are and have been plenty).
In particular, the European witch-hunts were not attempts by the Church to suppress Her worship.
- Cynthia Eller, The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory: Why an Invented Past Will Not Give Women a Future [Mostly very well-written, and quite annihilating. Points out that, truth or falsity of the myth aside, it isn't even expedient.]
- Lucy Goodison and Christine Morris (eds.), Ancient Goddesses: The Myths and the Evidence [Review: And Never Called Her Mother]
- Ronald Hutton, The Triumph of the Moon: A History of Modern Pagan Witchcraft
- To read:
- Philip G. Davis, Goddess Unmasked: The Rise of Neopagan Feminist Spirituality
- Cynthia Eller, From Mother-Right to Glynany, 1861--2000 [Promised as "forthcoming" in her Myth, but apparently not in print yet]
- Judith M. Hadley, The Cult of Asherah in Ancient Israel and Judah: Evidence for a Hebrew Goddess
- Ronald Hutton, The Pagan Religions of the Ancient British Isles: Their Nature and Legacy
- Rosemary Radford Ruether, Goddesses and the Divine Feminine: A Western Religious History [Blurb]