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

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China's Superwomen in History
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China's Immortal Women in History

  • Aug 19, 2012
A Galaxy of Immortal Women-The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization by Brian Griffith
is an informative book on the plethora of immortal women who made contributions
to virtually every area of Chinese life over the centuries. Griffith documents
goddess figures from pre-historic times, famous heroines of resistance movements,
enlightened immortals, spiritual heroins and superwomen of the people.

Griffith presents famous women deity.  For example, the greatest deity in China is
Kuan Yin who is the goddess of universal compassion. Chen Jinggu lead a band
of sworn sisters who were known as the fighting shamanesses. Lo Shen is a mythical
spirit of nature.  Feng Bo Bo represents the primordial forces of winds and storms.
 Shin Mu is the holy mother of perfect intelligence.

Confucious spoke of a Golden Age where the land would be green with hillside
forests, languid ponds and sparkling fresh beaches. The author explains Confucian
legends; whereby,  the primordial father-figures exuded virtues like compassion and
generosity. The Confucianists presented idealized pictures of their ancestors.
Examples of famous Buddhist and Daoist Masters include Mazu, Chen Jinggu, Yeshe Tsogyal,
Xie Xiran and Zu Shu.

Ma Tsu is a famous goddess who saved men at sea. She saved people in her
dreams and was a boat woman on the coast of Fujian. Later, great temples were
erected to Ma Tsu or Mazu. Today, she is worshipped by over a hundred million
people on the southern coasts of China and Taiwan.

In popular folklore, the Double Seven Festival is a feast day for women
according to Griffith. The celebration commemorates the divine daughter
of the stove god who came to the earth out of love for Krishna. Other spiritual
heroes discussed by Griffith include Sun Buer, Cao Wenyi, Mulan, Miaoshan,
Dagmema, Machiq Lapdron and Chokyidronme.

The author documents numerous goddess figures found in pre-historic
villages like mythical creator goddesses. These goddesses included Jun Di,
Yao Chi Jinmu, The Jade Maiden of Profound Wonder and others.
Classic resistance figures are referred to in the book. These figures include
Ti Ying, Qi Gu, Yu Jiang (the hairy lady of the forest) and Yaoji. Famous
immortals include Guanyin, Zheng Wei and He Xiangu.

A Galaxy of Immortal Women-The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization by Brian Griffith
is a considerable volume on the history of famous Chinese women over the
centuries from pre-historic times to more current history. The research effort
undertaken in this history was considerable. The author provides an extensive
glossary of goddesses and divine personas; such as, Ba who is the goddess of
drought. Griffith utilizes well known sources like The Cambridge Companion To
Modern Chinese Culture, The Restoration of the Han Dynasty, One Hundred
Celebrated Chinese Women, Confucianism and Christianity and many more.

Article first published as <a href='http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-a-galaxy-of-immortal/'>Book Review: <i> A Galaxy of Immortal Women:The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization </i> by Brian Griffith</a> on Blogcritics.
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August 19, 2012
glad to see you are still bringing out some good reviews!
August 19, 2012
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