The Cult of the Black Virgin

The Cult of the Black Virgin
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by Ean C. M. Begg, Ean Begg

Why are so many of the world's Madonna images "black" or "dark," and why are they so little known? Derived from pagan goddesses of sexuality, the underworld, and earth-wisdom, these Black Virgins are symbols of power and majesty—the other aspect of the traditional Madonna's maidenhood or tender maternity. The author or coauthor of such books as Myth and Today's Consciousness and In Search of the Holy Grail and the Precious Blood, Jungian analyst Ean Begg here investigates the pagan origins of the Black Virgin as well as heretical Gnostic-Christian teachings that flowed west with the cult of Mary Magdalene and resurfaced in Catharism at the time of the Crusades.

Paperback: 318 pages