The Crone: Woman of Age, Wisdom, and Power

The Crone Woman of Age Wisdom and Power A probing account of the honored place of older women in ancient matriarchal societies restores to contemporary women an energizing symbol of self value power and respect

  • Title: The Crone: Woman of Age, Wisdom, and Power
  • Author: Barbara G. Walker
  • ISBN: 9780062509345
  • Page: 377
  • Format: Paperback
  • A probing account of the honored place of older women in ancient matriarchal societies restores to contemporary women an energizing symbol of self value, power, and respect.

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    1. This book had some good points to make, but the pervasive "males are the enemy" attitude was off- putting. Also some of the scholarship was outdated, like the nine million Burning Times figure. However, the psychology of the fear of death and the ways people have evolved to address it was fascinating. I'm glad I read it, but I probably won't read it again.

    2. An incredibly powerful and empowering read about woman's true nature in the universe. It's not about letting ego get in the way, but about replacing our male-dominated warmongering leaders with a more instinctive, peaceful, earth-centric and intelligent way of living. I get where some might thinks it's a bit of a male-basher. But instead of looking at it in this way, see it as a reminder of how we as women can find our voice and hold a stronger presence in the peace and truth of this world.

    3. Rating: 3.5This book was really interesting. It expresses and supports the view of graceful and natural aging in women.

    4. This was enjoyable and informative, though sometimes fell into a kind of gender essentialism which was more damaging than empowering. But, hey, it was written in the 80's?

    5. This was a great read with a lot of interesting points. One has to ignore the dated use of "primitive" when the author describes other cultures. I found a used copy in a new age store, and read it within a few days. The author may be a bit repetitive at times, but overall it is an empowering read about age and wisdom among women.

    6. I applaud Walker for the extensive reading she's done in anthropology, archetype psychology and history, but I find her arguments too extreme. Even the most basic reciting of facts are put into a narrative that is extremely negative towards all men through all history. While I do agree that societies benefit when the power of women is acknowledged and celebrated, I don't want an inversion of the hierarchy. Take for example the following paragraph that lists strengths mature women possess but onl [...]

    7. Walker does a most creditable job of covering woman's role throughout history. First and foremost this is feminist literature. Remembering the author's viewpoint, it is a fascinating depiction of women's place in society. From pagan priestesses to today's independent competitive worker, the reader finds much to support her own beliefs. She emphasizes, too, the different natures of females and males. Many men, may find the book troubling but it behooves us to read writing that supports admiration [...]

    8. I picked up this book hoping to read some inspiring observations concerning the forgotten and overlooked power of older women on society.I was sorely disappointed.Despite the description, "A probing account of the honored place of older women in ancient matriarchal societies restores to contemporary women an energizing symbol of self-value, power, and respect.", the first two chapters of the book spend more time ax-grinding against the church specifically and against men in general then it does [...]

    9. EXCELLENT BOOK. A must read for anyone interested in pre-Christian religions, the transition from a matriarchal to a patriarchal cosmogenic worldview, the persecution of half the human race (the "fairer" sex), and the reclamation of the value of woman beyond her "sexual and maternal functions". Walker is a true scholar and feminist. My mind was dazzled by her brilliance like diamonds; at once hard enough to cut the glass ceiling while infinitely illuminating. Dig in and discover a world that wil [...]

    10. c1985 from :Barbara G. Walker (born July 2, 1930, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a U.S. author and feminist. She writes about religion, cultural anthropology, spirituality, and mythology from the viewpoint of Pre-Indo-European neolithic matriarchies. She often uses the imagery of the Mother Goddess to discuss these Neolithic Matriarchies. Her most important book is The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets (1983).

    11. I stumbled across this at a used book store and picked it up. It was a very interesting discussion of the history, psychology and sociology of older women in Western culture. There were times when I felt a little squicky about Walker's very broad generalizations that gave this book a very "us" against "them" tone. It was, however, published 30 years ago- so I might not be reading it in the right context.

    12. This is simply a must read for women growing into wisdom. Highly researched and full of opportunities for contemplation.

    13. An eye-opener with some uncomfortable unavoidable truths about western religions, patriarchy and imbalance.

    14. Great read that will shatter what you know about religious beliefs. Many clues to the feminist movement that erupted in the 1970's and a reminder of the significance of a woman's "mature" years.

    15. I read this book when it was about 30 years old and loved it. I'm re-reading it to see if it stood the test of time. Will elaborate when I'm finished.

    16. Now more of interest for its relevance to recent history than ancient history, this book is a classic, examining female archetypes with a keen and bitter wit.

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