For this reason the 'self-representation' of the Great Goddess
, her display of her breasts, belly, or entire naked body, is a form of divine epiphany" (128).
line 51) Therefore, with utmost sincerity, My heart is [absorbed] in you, O goddess, I bow to and take refuge in you, [my] intellect in you, [my] great goddess
The contributors to Tracy Pintchman's Seeking Mahadevi: Constructing the Identities of the Hindu Great Goddess
argue that the balance between a singular, unified goddess and the myriad of her local forms must be constantly rethought and renegotiated.
Modern belief in the veneration of a single Great Goddess
in the European Neolithic is often accompanied by the notion that those cultures of 'Old Europe' were woman-centred in society as well as religion.
This is the issue of the ambiguous nature of the Great Goddess
who is, by turns, beneficent and terrible, nurturing and devouring.
Similarly, she dismissed alternative explanations of Cycladic figures from mortuary contexts in favour of the Great Goddess
(or stiff White Goddess) from a deeply rooted European tradition (1974: 158; 1992).
The Great Goddess
(one of whose preferred names is Lalita) is central; the performance of her cult is essential; the philosophy that comes with the tradition cannot be said to be dispensable, but is not the most crucial (certainly not the most constant) element in the transmission of the cult, which has continued perhaps from the sixth century on.
Talalay, Lauren (1994) 'A Feminist Boomerang: The Great Goddess
of Greek History.
The so-called Yakshi Panchachuda from Tamluk is seen as the forerunner of the great goddess
Durga of the later period, since she bestows prosperity and protects her devotees.
The genius felt in the presence of a woman was called juno, after the great goddess
com)-- A painting unique and powerful, focused on the subject, ie the anthropomorphic personifications of the Neolithic Great Goddess
of fertility, death and Nature, distinguishes the works of Michelangelo Rossato, a young painter with a mature technique and a strong and peculiar cultural background.
And then comes It's A Sin, a mighty slice of power born fully formed from the belly of some great goddess