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Merlin Stone
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Mother and Child

The image of motherhood runs deep throughout this book. The most powerful mother-child relationship is that of Ishtar and Tammuz. Their story is manifest in many Goddess legends: Ashtart and Tammuz, Inanna and Damuzi, Kybele and Attis, Frigga and Balder, and Aphrodite and Adonis. While the idea of a mother taking her son as a lover is strange and repulsive to the western world, the idea of loss is much more tangible. The pain that a mother feels when she loses a child must seem unbearable. It is not hard to believe that a mother will do whatever it takes to keep the memory of her child alive.

The Mother-Child relationship is also presented over and over again in the concept of Mother Earth or Mother Nature. The "child" in this pairing is humankind. While the Mother has provided life, her modern children have...

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