The following books focus in the main on topics other than the Black Madonna. Most information can only be gleaned in passing while reading on other topics, either goddess related or on the subject of Mary the mother of God.

Charlene Spretnak, MISSING MARY (Palgrave MacMillan, 2004)

—A polemical work which argues for the reinstatement of Mary the Mother of God as the Queen of Heaven. Her argument leans heavily on the similarities between Mary and the cosmic matrix of the Great Mother. Looks briefly also at the Black Madonnas. Inspiring read.

Sally Cunneen, IN SEARCH OF MARY (Random House, 1996)

—Traces all the different manifestations of Mary throughout history and viewing her through the lenses of religion, art, psychology and anthropology. Includs a brief look at the Black Madonnas. Fascinating story and easy to read.

Ean Begg, THE CULT OF THE BLACK VIRGIN (New edition due out in September 2006)

—Examines Black Madonnas form their pagan origins to their contemporary understandings. One of the classics on the subject.

Caitlin Matthews, SOPHIA, GODDESS OF WISDOM, BRIDE OF GOD (Quest Books, 2001)

—Interprets the Black Madonna or Black Virgin as the author prefers to call her, in the light of the Black Goddess. However only mentions Black Virgin briefly.

China Galland, LONGING FOR DARKNESS: TARA AND THE BLACK MADONNA (Penguin, 1991)

—One woman’s search for the Sacred Feminine and how her search brought her to the recognition of the many links between the Black Madonna and the goddess Tara.

WEB SITE LINK:

http://campus.udayton.edu/mary//meditations/blackmdn.html

–Excellent source of information about the Black Madonna. Further links at end of web page. Worth checking out. Also links to images.

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