Great Cosmic Mother, rediscovering the religion of the
by Monica Sjöö
& Barbara Mor
This passionate exploration
draws on religious traditions, cultures and archeological
sources from all over the world, and throughout history, to
recreate for the first time the Goddess religion that is out
ancient heritage. Monica Sjöö and Barbare Mor show that the
religion of the Goddess - which is tied to the cycles of
women's bodies, the seasons, the phases of the moon and the
fertility of the earth - was the original religion of all
the most important books I've ever read."
Alice Walker (author of Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 "The Colour Purple" and many
other wonderful books).
Alice said in a Guardian feature about her that this is her
502 pages, ISBN 0-06-250791, Harper
San Francisco, USA 1987/91
From the Back Cover of the book's
This classic exploration of the Goddess
through time and throughout the world draws on religious, cultural,
and archaeological sources to recreate the Goddess religion that is
humanity's heritage. Now, with a new Introductlon and full-color
artwork, this passionate and important text shows even more clearly
that the religion of the Goddess -- which is tied to the cycles of
women's bodies, the seasons, the phases of the moon, and the fertility
of the earth -- was the original religion of all humanity.
This is an abundant, powerful book that... presents a vivid picture
of the tragic consequences caused by the savage priests of savage
patriarchy. It forcefully shows that the matristic religion, which
lasted for many millennia before the patriarchy, provides an
indispensable key to an understanding of the human experience. The
Great Cosmic Mother... will reach the hearts and minds of many
-- MARIJA GIMBUTAS, professor emerita of archaeology at U.C.L.A.
and author of The Language of the Goddess and The Civilization of the
A work that both inflames and inspires... a profound influence in
modern feminist thought."
-- BARBARA G. WALKER, author of Women's Encyclopedia of Myths
A substantial and important contribution to feminist scholarship
and theory -- and a fascinating work to read, as well."
-- ROBIN MORGAN
In a voice that is both passionate and poetic, [The Great Cosmic
Mother] tells us of an earlier time when our Creat Mother was still
worshipped, a time we need to understand if we are to create a better
-- RIANE EISLER, author of The Chalice and the Blade
MONICA SJOO is well known in Europe as the foremost artist and
theoretician of the reemerging Goddess religion. Forty-four of her own
works illustrate this volume.
BARBARA MOR is an American poet and former poetry consultant
for WomanSpirit magazine. Her writings include Mother Tongue and
Winter Ditch and Other Poems