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[[ Read Book ]] ⚠ Goddess: Mythological Images of the Feminine Ê Praise for The Goddess Exciting and important Library Journal Remarkable Psychological Perspective Direct and intimate The Journal of Analytic Psychology Keep in mind this book was originally published in 1981 Even so, those with sensitivity to a certain outsider perspective which could of course seem assumptive and dismissive of survivor experience to rape may understandably wish to steer clear The interpretation of mythic rape and sexuality in this book are discordant, perhaps even in war with, our contemporary understanding These aspects are also fused with Freudian interpretation of personal dreams and Jungian depth psychology This per Keep in mind this book was originally published in 1981 Even so, those with sensitivity to a certain outsider perspective which could of course seem assumptive and dismissive of survivor experience to rape may understandably wish to steer clear The interpretation of mythic rape and sexuality in this book are discordant, perhaps even in war with, our contemporary understanding These aspects are also fused with Freudian interpretation of personal dreams and Jungian depth psychology This perspective is integral to the book, but lays subjective perspective on the table in plain sight I can see and feel in her judgment of Artemis that she is Aphrodite After all, I am Artemis.The rest, and grand majority, of this text is a lively and fascinating feminist rediscovery of the archetypal Greek goddesses based on overlooked textual evidence The first chapter, To Start Us Imagining, contains the most illuminating words I ve read about women s diminished or all but entirely erased role in contemporary religion and divinity in years Overall, the work is empowering, thought provoking, and inspiring, if only a little antiquated.This kind of work begs to be revisited in contemporary gender, queer, and sexuality studies Perhaps it could inspire here, too I read this book after The Goddesses in Everywoman by Jean Shinoda Bolen, and I was impressed by this book as much and in some ways even.The two books are very similar since they re both dealing with exploration of the Feminine Divine archetypes from Jungian point of view, but Christine Downing does it in a poetic, honest, autobiographical way from which my understanding of the topic benefited. I found this after having read Bolen s Goddesses in Everywoman, and was surprised by how radically different Downing s style was Whereas Bolen analyzed the archetypes of all the major Greek goddesses of the first and second generations children and grandchildren of Cronus , Downing limited herself to Persephone, Hera, Athene, Artemis and Aphrodite, while also including the Greek heroine Ariadne and Gaia, a primordial deity In addition, where Bolen utilized a consistent structure for each ch I found this after having read Bolen s Goddesses in Everywoman, and was surprised by how radically different Downing s style was Whereas Bolen analyzed the archetypes of all the major Greek goddesses of the first and second generations children and grandchildren of Cronus , Downing limited herself to Persephone, Hera, Athene, Artemis and Aphrodite, while also including the Greek heroine Ariadne and Gaia, a primordial deity In addition, where Bolen utilized a consistent structure for each chapter, discussing the mythology, archetypes, psychological difficulties etc, for each goddess, Downing discussed her selected goddesses invaried ways Importantly, Downing also spent a great deal of time detailing her personal experiences and feelings related to each goddess archetype, including extensive passages on dreams she thought were relevant.I would not recommend this as an introduction to Greek goddesses as archetypes in Jungian psychology However, if you already familiar with the archetypes, there are particular chapters that can enrich your understandingFor example, I found Downing s discussion of the Hera archetype extremely helpful in learningabout the goddess three fold nature and underlying motivations That being said, much of the book is fairly tiresome and she often goes on tangents that are only nominally related to the the goddesses in question If you have the patience to plow through those sections, she occasionally offers some insightful analysis, but it may only be worth it if you are still looking for somethingafter having already exhausted all other existing literature on the subject