The Concept of the Goddess explores the function and nature of goddesses and their cults in many cultures, including:
* Japanese traditions.
The contributors explore the reasons for the existence of so many goddesses in the mythology of patriarchal societies and show that goddesses have also assumed more masculine roles, with war, hunting and sovereignty being equally important aspects of their cults.
'An impressive and scholarly volume.' - Lynn Meskell, At the Edge
'Very highly recommended.' - The Cauldron
'... an outstanding source of information about goddesses not only of northern Europe, including Britain and Ireland, but also of Rome, the Caucasus and Japan.' - Wood and Water
'Highly recommended [it] illuminate[s] a profound understanding of the goddess, heretofore largely neglected by scholars or else romanticized by popular books.' - Annabel Lee, Runa