Subtitled: 'Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth' - this is a classic text exploring the many-facted nature of the Goddess through religious, archeological, and cultural sources in an attempt to restore and re-create the Goddess Religion and enshrine it as the first organised belief system of humanity. Originally begun as a pamphlet written by Swedish painter Sjoo (most famous for her controversial painting 'God Giving Birth') in the 70s, the principles of her work were greatly expanded in collaboration with fellow feminist writer Barbara Mor, until it was finally published in its current, acclaimed form in 1987. From the ever-changing face of the Moon Mother, to the conquering of the Dark feminine by the Sun and the Son; menstrual rites, cosmic serpents, and jealous Gods feature in this groundbreaking book, signed by Sjoo and illustrated with 44 of her own works. A profound journey into the passionate awakening of Goddess Consciousness in the 70s and 80s.
The Great Cosmic Mother - Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth: Monia Sjoo and Barbara Mor. San Franciso, Harper Collins, 1991 (1987). 432 pp. Publisher's original paperback. Author's inscription by Monica Sjoo to title page. Internally clean. A near-fine copy of an extraordinary work.