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From earliest times, humanity has found visual expression for the cosmic forces of creation, birth and passion in artistic representations of human genitalia. Fertility cults centred on phallic worship are well documented, but older and even more pervasive are Goddess images of the vulva - known in the East since ancient times as the yoni. Yoni symbolism is a part of spiritual traditions in every part of the globe - from naturally occurring rock formations revered by North American Native peoples to the shakta-pithas of Hindu temples, and from early Celtic sheela-na-gig carvings to the Japanese kagura ritual. THE YONI traces this primal motif in Australian Aboriginal folk tales, in alchemy, in Tantric practices and in contemporary art by painters such as Georgia O'Keefe and Judy Chicago. Dozens of illustrations, many in colour, reproduce the variety of carvings, drawings and other portrayals of this universal symbol of feminine creativity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780892815623
ISBN-10: 0892815620
Format: Paperback
(250mm x 204mm x 10mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
Publish Date: 1-Sep-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Rufus C. Camphausen

Born in Germany, Rufus C. Camphausen is a writer and illustrator now living in the Netherlands. He is the author of Return of the Tribal, The Encyclopedia of Erotic Wisdom and The Divine Library as well as numerous articles and essays on religious history, mythology, and sacred sexuality.

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