A Galaxy of Immortal Women by Brian Griffith
The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization

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“This is a very ambitious and timely book, a book that many historians, literary theorists and story tellers who care about China and its “Other Half of the Sky” want to write, but Brian Griffith did it first, with such scope, ease and fun.” —WANG PING, author of The Last Communist Virgin and Aching for Beauty: Footbinding in China

“This book is a most engaging and entertaining read, and the depth of its scholarship is astounding. Griffith vividly describes the counterculture of Chinese goddesses, shows that their fascinating stories are alive and active today, and points us toward a more inclusive and caring partnership future.” —RIANE EISLER, author of The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics and The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future

Touching on the whole story of China—from Neolithic villages to a globalized Shanghai—this book ties mythology, archaeology, history, religion, folklore, literature, and journalism into a millennia-spanning story about how Chinese women—and their goddess traditions—fostered a counterculture that flourishes and grows stronger every day.

As Brian Griffith charts the stories of China’s founding mothers, shamanesses, goddesses, and ordinary heroines, he also explores the largely untold story of women’s contributions to cultural life in the world’s biggest society and provides inspiration for all global citizens.

Brian Griffith grew up in Texas, studied history at the University of Alberta, and now lives just outside of Toronto, Ontario. He is an independent historian who examines how cultural history influences our lives, and how collective experience offers insights for our future.


 

About Brian Griffith

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Brian Griffith grew up in Texas, studied history at the University of Alberta, and now lives just outside of Toronto, Ontario. He is an independent historian who examines how cultural history influences our lives, and how collective experience offers insights for our future. He is the author of The Gardens of Their Dreams: Desertification and Culture in World History, Different Visions of Love: Partnership and Dominator Values in Christian History, Correcting Jesus: 2000 Years of Changing the Story, and A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization.
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Exterminating Angel Press. 336 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction

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A wonderful book on the achievements of Chinese women, real and mythical, over many centuries.

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Mr. Griffith’s discussions on the rise and fall of the role of Chinese women, the goddesses’ outlaws, and how religions changed the perception of women in the culture, dig deep into the long history of this impenetrable culture.

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New York Journal of Books

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“. . . a task of gargantuan proportions . . .”

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“. . . a task of gargantuan proportions . . .”

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Griffith documents goddess figures from pre-historic times, famous heroines of resistance movements, enlightened immortals, spiritual heroines and superwomen of the people.

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