Goddesses: A World of Myth and Magic, by Burleigh Muten

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This book is essentially an encyclopedia of goddesses. Starting with A—Aataentsic (Iroquois); Aditi (Hindu); Ama-terasu (Japan); Aphrodite, Artemis, and Athena (Greece)—and going through the alphabet to Z—Zaramama (Peru), Zoe (Gnostic), the Zorya (Czechoslovakia)—there’s a short description of each goddess and her powers, along with a pronunciation guide to their names.

I love the illustrations by Rebecca Guay. My favorites (that I could find online) were Athena, the Junkgowa sisters, Yemoja, and Elli arm-wrestling Thor.

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One of my favorite goddesses is the very first one, Aataentsic, whose husband was jealous that her power was stronger than his own. He dared her to jump through a hole in the sky so he could get rid of her; seeing the beautiful world below, Aataentsic dove through and landed on the back of the giant turtle that became Turtle Island (the Earth).

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