A Venice author and expert on goddess spirituality has written a travel book detailing ancient sites that are places of relevance to goddess religions.

A book talk and signing of Sacred Places of Goddess: 108 Destinations by Karen Tate, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 19th, at the Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica. Admission is free.

The book is intended to be used as a feminine travel resource that spans continents and centuries, and delves into sacred female art and history.

The book includes the sites of temples dedicated to the ancient goddess Isis in Egypt and Italy; goddess shrines in Kyoto, Japan; dedications to Hina in Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zealand; a number of sites sacred to the Virgin Mary; Kwan Yin’s Island in China; the Old Testament’s Hagia Sophia in Istanbul; and the mysterious prehistoric temples of Malta.

Destinations of interest include the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus; Minoan Crete (home of the Snake Goddess); Spider Rock in Canyon de Chelly; Ixchel’s Yucatan; Sekhmet locales in Karnak; Pacha Mama’s Machu Picchu; Oshogbo in Africa; and sites dedicated to the many-armed Kali, found in both India and Laguna Beach, California.

The book gives details and shows photos of shrines, springs, temples, yoni stones, archaeological sites, museums and labyrinths, and talks of the history of goddess worship, which dates back at least 20,000 years, according to Tate.

The book goes continent by continent revealing the sites considered most sacred among the goddess religions, and focuses heavily on the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas.

In addition to photos, the book includes travel restrictions, “getting there” information, color inserts, illustrations and maps.

The book discusses the ways that different goddess cultures have been repressed historically and discusses endangered sites or sites of environmental concern.

“The feminine divine is alive today in artifact and art, temple and mound, but just how diverse and widespread may be quite a surprise,” says Tate. “From the Shinto faith, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian, to Native Americans, Pagans, Hindus and Aboriginals to name a few, the threads of travel, history and spirituality are a beautiful masterpiece that is the tapestry of the divine.”

The book was published by CCC Publishing and released earlier this year.

Tate is an ordained minister, an independent scholar of the sacred feminine and a graduate of The Women’s Theological Institute, specializing in goddess and women’s spirituality. Tate’s particular emphasis is on the roles of women and the study of ancient cultures in a modern context.

Tate is the founder of the Isis Ancient Cultures & Religion Society, a nonprofit educational, art and cultural organization. Along with her husband, Roy, she is the caretaker of the Isis Temple of Thanksgiving. In the past, Tate has organized tours of sacred goddess sites.

Information, (310) 450-0443.

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