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Women Who Fly – Goddesses, Witches, Mystics, and other Airborne Females - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Women Who Fly: Goddesses, Witches, Mystics, and other Airborne Females

Serinity Young


The desire to transcend the mundane and the terrestrial, and to reach new heights of spiritual experience, has been expressed through myths, folk tales, and the arts throughout the world and across centuries. Flight from both the captivity of earth’s gravity and the mental constraints of time-bound desire are the backbone of myth-making. Women and goddesses have figured prominently in such myths, both as independent actors and as guides for men. Women Who Fly is a history of religious and social ideas about such aerial females as expressed in legends, myths, rituals, sacred narratives, and art ... More

Keywords: aerial women, religious imagination, flying females, flight from captivity, mythology, social context, iconography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780195307887
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195307887.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Serinity Young, author
Research Associate, Department of Anthropology. American Museum of Natural History; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Classical, Middle Eastern, and Asian Languages and Cultures, Queens College