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The Resource Blood, bread, and roses : how menstruation created the world, Judy Grahn

Blood, bread, and roses : how menstruation created the world, Judy Grahn

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Blood, bread, and roses : how menstruation created the world
Title
Blood, bread, and roses
Title remainder
how menstruation created the world
Statement of responsibility
Judy Grahn
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Language
eng
Summary
Blood is everywhere in our society: on nightly T.V., in daily newspaper photos, in religious imagery. Yet menstrual blood is never mentioned and almost never seen, except privately by women. A girl's first period is usually kept secret, a source of embarrassment and irritation. Menstruation in our culture is invisible and irrelevant if properly hidden, shameful and unclean if not. It was not always this way. Long ago, in cultures around the world, a girl's menarchal passage was a time of celebration and initiation, and a time for ceremony, often including special clothing and foods and a period of seclusion. Far more than a biological event, menstruation was a recognized mark of female power, a source of ritual and of awe. The influence of early menstrual rites remains visible in our culture today. According to Judy Grahn, the ancient rites explain much of contemporary material culture - why women wear lipstick and eye makeup and adorn themselves with earrings and hair clasps, or why forks, bowls, chairs, rugs, and shoes originated, for instance. But Grahn also reveals the profound connections between ancient menstrual rites and the development of agriculture, mathematics, geometry, writing, calendars, horticulture, architecture, astronomy, cooking, money, and many other realms of knowledge. Blending archaeological data, ethnography, folklore, history, and myth, she constructs a new myth of origin for us all, demonstrating that menstruation is what made us human. Blood, Bread, and Roses reclaims woman's myths and stories, chronicling the ways in which women's actions and the teaching of myth have interacted over the millennia. Grahn argues that culture has been a weaving between the genders, a sharing of wisdom derived from menstruation. Her rich interpretations of ancient menstrual rites give us a new and hopeful story of culture's beginnings based on the integration of body, mind, and spirit found women's traditions. Blood, Bread, and Roses offers all of us a way back to understanding the true meaning of women's menstrual power
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1940-
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Grahn, Judy
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Menstruation
  • Menstruation
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Blood, bread, and roses : how menstruation created the world, Judy Grahn
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [305]-312) and index
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volume
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text
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rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Charlene Spretnak -- Preface: All Blood Is Menstrual Blood -- 1. BLOOD ... Wilderness Metaform. 1. How Menstruation Created the World. 2. Light Moved on the Water. 3. Crossing the Great Abyss. 4. Wilderness Metaform -- 2. BREAD ... Cosmetikos Metaform. 5. How Menstruation Fashioned the Human Body. 6. Cosmetikos and Women's Paraphernalia. 7. Ceremony: Let's Cook! 8. Parallel Menstruations. 9. Sex, Matrimony, and Trickster Wolf -- 3. AND ... Narrative Metaform. 10. Number, Orientation, and the Shapes of Light. 11. The Making of the Goddess. 12. Menstrual Logic in the Visible World. 13. Narratives: Descent Myths and the Great Flood -- 4. ROSES ... Material Metaform. 14. Crafting the Earth's Menstruation: Materialism. 15. Crossing the Abyss to Male Blood Power. 16. The Way and the Way Back
Control code
27897859
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxiii, 323 pages
Isbn
9780807075043
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1559636
Label
Blood, bread, and roses : how menstruation created the world, Judy Grahn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [305]-312) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Foreword / Charlene Spretnak -- Preface: All Blood Is Menstrual Blood -- 1. BLOOD ... Wilderness Metaform. 1. How Menstruation Created the World. 2. Light Moved on the Water. 3. Crossing the Great Abyss. 4. Wilderness Metaform -- 2. BREAD ... Cosmetikos Metaform. 5. How Menstruation Fashioned the Human Body. 6. Cosmetikos and Women's Paraphernalia. 7. Ceremony: Let's Cook! 8. Parallel Menstruations. 9. Sex, Matrimony, and Trickster Wolf -- 3. AND ... Narrative Metaform. 10. Number, Orientation, and the Shapes of Light. 11. The Making of the Goddess. 12. Menstrual Logic in the Visible World. 13. Narratives: Descent Myths and the Great Flood -- 4. ROSES ... Material Metaform. 14. Crafting the Earth's Menstruation: Materialism. 15. Crossing the Abyss to Male Blood Power. 16. The Way and the Way Back
Control code
27897859
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxiii, 323 pages
Isbn
9780807075043
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1559636

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