Aphrodite's Daughters: Women's Sexual Stories and the by Jalaja Bonheim

Aphrodite's Daughters: Women's Sexual Stories and the by Jalaja Bonheim

By Jalaja Bonheim

Incorporating a big variety of women's voices and relationships, including old goddess archetypes, this particular quantity takes an intimate examine the transformative energy of women's sexual experiences. unique. 25, 000 first printing".

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For several years after my return from India, I taught and performed Indian dance, but eventually I stopped, because I felt I was imitating a way that was not my own. Instead, I began using movement and dance in an unstructured, meditative way, allowing the movement to flow from within, rather than be dictated from without. My first book, The Serpent and the Wave, grew out of the work of this period. For a while, I felt satisfied. It seemed I had found a way to take what I had learned in India and translate it into a form appropriate to a Western audience.

At the time of this meeting, I did not understand the significance of the event. Later I realized that in this encounter I had reconnected with a lineage of priestesses to whom I was karmically linked, and I had received a direct initiation and transmission from one of them. Learning the dance was merely the first of several initiatory gateways through which I was to pass. Shortly after returning from the first of several study trips to India, I had a dream. It was a short, simple dream, yet I would puzzle over it for many years.

3d ed. New York: HarperCollins, 1990. Reprinted by permission. “Deep in love …,” “Even though she was awake …,” “Holy sixth day …,” and “Praise to Vishnu …,” from W. S. , The Peacocks Egg: Love Poems from Ancient India. 1977. Reprinted by permission. The author wishes to thank Diane Wolkstein and Samuel Noah Kramer for their book Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth; Her Stories and Hymns from Sumer (New York: Harper & Row, 1983). ACKNOWLEDGMENTS My deepest gratitude goes to all the women who recognized the healing potential of this project and dared to share their stories with such courage and honesty.

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