Jalaja Bonheim – Aphrodite’s Daughters: Women’s Sexual Stories and the Journey of the Soul

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Incorporating a wide variety of women’s voices and relationships, including ancient goddess archetypes, this unique volume takes an intimate look at the transformative power of women’s sexual experiences. Original. 25, 000 first printing”.

Editorial Reviews

In the early 1980s, Bonheim traveled to India to study classical dance and, as it happened, to be introduced to an aging devidasa, a woman who had served as a sexual priestess in the Hindu tradition of Tantra. That meeting sparked in Bonheim a previously unacknowledged interest in discovering the role of sexuality in women’s spiritual lives. Now a therapist, Bonheim has interviewed dozens of women for this profound and moving exploration of how body touches soul. Here is a nun who found love with another woman and, eventually, turned back to celibacy. Here is a woman who, raped as a teenager, descended into a personal hell from which truly sensuous love saved her. While these and the other stories are gripping as stories, Bonheim’s poetic commentary provides the threads of meaning that bind them together into an excellent, unusual, passionate book. Patricia Monaghan

How does a woman’s sexual experience affect her spirituality? Bonheim invited dozens of women from various spiritual backgrounds to tell their stories of their sexual experiences: the result is a collection which reflects upon connections between sexuality, spiritual and social development. — Midwest Book Review