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BOOKS ABOUT GODDESSES

The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt
The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt


The Goddess Speaks: Myths, Meditations, Symbols & Sacred Sites
The Goddess Speaks: Myths, Meditations, Symbols & Sacred Sites


Ancient Greece : From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times
Ancient Greece : From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times


The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image



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Madona and Child, Raphael, Giclee Print
Madonna and Child by Raphael, Giclee Print

A goddess is a female deity, a being worshipped or held in high regard by human beings; a male deity is known as a "god". Many cultures have goddesses and often these goddesses are part of a polytheistic system of multiple deities, such as the Egyptians and Greeks.

Cultures which recognise only one central deity (monotheism) usually characterize the deity as male to the exclusion of feminine characteristics, even when there are mystic facets which emphasize the feminine aspects of the godhead such as the Virgin Mary in Catholicism.

Specific feminine physical, mental and social characteristics that are attributed to an individual goddess are often associated with the female reproductive power and dependent on the culture and era. Studying the "goddesses" of a culture provides useful clues as to how a society feels about women. Note that many female forms found in archelogical sites are entitled "Venus", the Roman goddess of beauty.



Clio, Thalia, Terpsichore, Eurerpe, Polyhymnia, Calliope, Erato, Urania, Melpomese, Giclee Print
Tthe Greek Muses
Giclee Print

The Greek Muses are a sisterhood of nine goddesses who inspire the creative process; their mother is Mnemonsyne, the personfication of memory.

The muses are Clio - history; Thalia - comedy; Terpsichore- dance, Euterpe - music & lyric poetry, Polyhymnia - sacred songs;, Calliope - the chief muse and muse of epic poetry; Erato (from the same root as Eros) - lyric poetry; Urania - astronomy & astrology; Melpomese - tragedy.

The words music, museum and mosaic are derived from the same root as the word muse.

The Nine Muses: A Mythological Path to Creativity


The Venus of Willendorf, Giclee Print
The Venus
of Willendorf,
30.000-25000 BC
Giclee Print

Mother goddess, or Earth Mothers, representation may be the purpose of the small statuettes found throughout Europe and given the general name of Venus figurines

Head of a Woman Known as Venus of Brassempouy, France, circa 21000 BC, Giclee Print
Head of a Woman Known as Venus of Brassempouy, France, circa 21000 BC,
Giclee Print

Venus with a Horn, from Laussel in the Dordogne, Giclee Print
Venus with a Horn,
from Laussel
in the Dordogne,
Giclee Print

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Facsimile Copy of Nut, the Sky Goddess and the Solar Barques of Ra, Plate 20B from Pantheon Egyptien, Giclee Print
Facsimile Copy of Nut, and the Solar Barques of Ra, Plate 20B from Pantheon Egyptien,
Giclee Print

Nut (Nuit), was the Sky Goddess in Egyptian mythology; the word Nut means night. Nut was represented as overarching the people with her body that was covered with stars.

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The Goddess Hathor Placing the Magic Collar on Seti I (circa 1394-1279 BC), Giclee Print
The Goddess Hathor Placing the Magic Collar on Seti I (circa 1394-1279 BC),
Giclee Print

Figure of Isis, Seated on a Throne, Holding the Child Horus in Her Lap, Egyptian, 26th Dynasty, Giclee Print
Figure of Isis,
Seated on a Throne, Holding the Child Horus in Her Lap, Egyptian, 26th Dynasty,
Giclee Print


Several Statuettes of the Cat-Goddess Bast and Cat Figurines Representing the same Goddess, Egyptian, Giclee Print
Statuettes of the
Cat-Goddess Bast
Egyptian,
Giclee Print

In ancient Egypt the cat was highly revered as a protector for their ability to keep vermin from the stored grains and was worshipped as a sun goddess, Bast.


Head of a Statue of Ishtar, with a Headdress, from the Temple of Ushtar at Mari Syrian 2800-2300 BC, Giclee Print
Head of a Statue
of Ishtar with a Headdress, from the Temple of Ushtar at Mari Syrian 2800-2300 BC,
Giclee Print

Ishtar, the Babylonian and Assyrian goddess of love, fertility and war, was “the divine personification of the planet Venus.”

Astarte, the Greek named for Ishtar, is also connected with fertility, sexuality, war and the planet Venus.

Ancient Civilizations -Assyrian


Aphrodite, the "Venus De Milo," Hellenistic Period, circa 130-100 BC, Giclee Print
Aphrodite,
the “Venus De Milo,” Hellenistic Period, circa 130-100 BC, Giclee Print

Aphrodite is the Greek goddess of love and beauty, her Roman equivalent is Venus. Their symbolic flower is the rose.

• Explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville was responsible for the French acquiring the now famous statue called "Venus de Milo" which is housed in the Louvre.


Artemis the Huntress, Known as the "Diana of Versailles", Giclee Print
Artemis the Huntress, Known as the
"Diana of Versailles",
Giclee Print

Artemis, a virgin goddess, is the goddess of the moon and the hunt. She is described as the daughter of Zeus and Leto, and the twin sister of Apollo. Her name is related to the Greek word for bear.

Artemis is most often depicted as a huntress with bow and arrow, a hunting dog, a stag, and the moon.

She is often paired with her hunting companion Orion, who died accidently by her, or Gaia's, hand. Artemis's story also included Actaeon who upon seeing her bathing attempts to force himself on her. Artemis turns him into a stag and the hunting dogs tear him apart.

The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Diana is the Roman equivalent to Artemis.


Athena or Minerva, Giclee Print
Athena / Minerva,
Giclee Print

Athena is the Greek goddess of wisdom (symbol owl), war, the arts, industry (weaving), justice and skill. The city of Athens takes its name from Athena who provided the citizens with the valuable olive tree. Athena's most famous temple is the Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens.

Athena, who emerged fully grown and armed with helmet, shield and thunderbolt, out of her father's head, was the favorite child of Zeus and his first wife, Metis (wisdom). Zeus, fearing that Metis would give birth to a son more powerful than himself, had swallowed Metis, to prevent a rival. What he got was a tremedous headache.

The goddess Minerva was the Roman equivalent of Athena.

FYI - The noted architect known as Palladio was given the name by one of his appreciative aristocratic clients to connect his talent with Athena.


Ceres, Roman Goddess of Abundance, Giclee Print, Jan Bruegel, the Younger, Giclee Print
Ceres, Roman Goddess of Abundance by Jan Bruegel, the Youner, Giclee Print


Ceres is the Roman goddess of growing plants (note the similarity with the word cereal) and motherly love. The name derives from the Proto-Indo-European “ker” meaning grow.

The Greek equivalent of Ceres is the older Demeter; it is Demeter's grief during the six month disappearance of her daugher Persephone that was the cause of seasonal change.

• Did you know a statue of Ceres is atop the Missouri State Capitol Building?


The Nike of Samothrace, Goddess of Victory, Giclee Print
The Nike of Samothrace, Goddess of Victory,
Giclee Print

The goddess Nike personified victory (Roman - Victoria), is usually shown with wings.

A U.S. anti-aircraft missile system was named after Nike as is the shoe company Nike, Inc., to impart the idea of strength and speed.

The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace, is a 2nd century BC marble sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike. The statue has been displayed at the Louvre since 1884.

FYI ~ names related to Nike include Nicholas, as in Saint Nick or Santa Claus, who flies through the world in one night, bringing Christmas gifts to children.

The city of Nice, France, is named for Nike.


Vishnu and Lakshmi Enthroned, Basohli School circa 1690, Giclee Print
Vishnu and Lakshmi Enthroned, Basohli School circa 1690, Giclee Print

Image of Durga on Her Tiger, India, Photographic Print
Durga on Her Tiger,
Giclee Print

Saratheswathee, Hindu Goddess of Learning, with Singhalese and English Inscription, Giclee Print
Saratheswathee
with Singhalese and English Inscription,
Giclee Print

The Hindu Devi (goddess) has various aspects
Lakshmi: wealth and prosperity.
Saratheswathee: Learning
Parvati: Love and Spiritual Fulfillment
Durga: Warrior

Kali is the Goddess of Destruction

Kali, from Vijayanagar, Giclee Print
Kali, from Vijayanagar,
Giclee Print

Parvati Nursing Ganesha, India, Giclee Print
Parvati Nursing Ganesha, India,
Giclee Print

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Statue of Coatlicue, Ancient Earth and Mother Goddess, Aztec, 14th-16th Century, Giclee Print
Statue of Coatlicue,
Giclee Print

Coatlicue, the ancient Earth and Mother Goddess of the Aztec, is usually represented as a woman wearing a skirt of writhing snakes and a necklace made of human hearts, hands, and skulls.


Madona and Child, Raphael, Giclee Print
Madona and Child by Raphael, Giclee Print

Mary, Mother of Jesus, is much venerated in most Christian churches. The Roman Catholicism belief of the corporeal assumption of Mary into Heaven was formally declared dogma by Pope Pius XII in 1950.

The Islamic faith also holds Mary in a revered position; she is the only woman directly named in the Quran.


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