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Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood - Introduction Summary & Analysis

Merlin Stone
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Introduction Summary and Analysis

Cultures from around the world have stories of the creation of the earth, the heavens, the sun, and life. In each of these stories it is a Goddess that created, cared for, and even repaired the earth and/or life. The multitude of accounts of woman as deity are classified and dismissed as "mythology." Few people in western society are willing to accept the creation stories and accounts of ancient cultures as truly "religious" concepts.

Stone cites several definitions of "mythology" and "religion" in an effort to compare the two terms. She finds that aside from the usage of male terms and the use of uppercase and lowercase gs (for example, god and God), the primary difference is that "mythology is to be regarded as the accounts of 'others'" and "religion" provides the...

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