Unveiling the Goddess:
Revelations from a Comparative Mythology

Gregory Haynes, Author of Tree of Life, Mythical Archetype
Original date: Thursday, October 22, 2009

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The "Great Goddess" appears in ancient religion from Egypt, Greece, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, India, and a multitude of other locations. She is known as Isis, Astarte, Hera, Aphrodite, Persephone, Demeter, Lakshmi or Eve. What do these various personifications of the goddess have in common, and what can we learn about her origins from a comparative approach to the mythology? Why do apples of immortality and evil serpents frequently accompany the goddess in the legends? Symbols discovered on artifacts at ancient Troy provide a fascinating clue to this oldest of all mysteries.

Greg Haynes is the author of Tree of Life, Mythical Archetype: Revelations from the Symbols of Ancient Troy. The Foreword to this book was contributed by Michael Witzel, PhD, Wales Chair of Sanskrit at Harvard University, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and President of the International Association of Comparative Mythology. Witzel writes that this book "provides, for the first time, a simple and powerful key to world mythology." Haynes was the founding director of the Sebastopol Independent Charter School, and former president of HearthSong, Inc. In his youth he was a student of famed organic horticulturist Alan Chadwick.

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