Books: The Goddess & the Poet

In the Beginning was the Woman. Goddess of All Things," she rose naked out of Chaos, danced so wildly that great wind sprang up. The goddess caressed the wind and it became a great serpent which coiled itself lustfully around her. The goddess became pregnant, assumed a dove's form laid "the Universal Egg." Out of the Egg tumbled all things that exist sun, moon, planets, stars, the earth with its mountains and rivers, its trees, herbs and living creatures." Swollen with pride the serpent declared himself "the author ot tne universe," which made...

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