Review: The Yoni: Sacred Symbol of Female Creative Power

The Yoni: Sacred Symbol of Female Creative Power by Rufus C. Camphausen, ISBN: 0-89281-562-0

I'd run across some of the art of Christina Camphausen, soft colored pencil drawings of that, it's understating the case to say gorgeous body part, but I'm at a loss for other words, so when I saw the name and the subject of this one on the shelf it was a "must-have". I haven't been disappointed.

There was formerly a statement in here questioning the scholarship of a few sections. I was recently contacted by the author who asked me to reevaluate this statement, and I'm in the process of doing so. I'm not seeing any reason for my former complaints, I must've gotten up on the wrong side of the bed or something, I'll try to go back through and document any specific issues, but on a quick glance over it I don't know what I was thinking so I need to retract that comment for the moment. On this rereading, the bibliography appears pretty darned complete.

But if you get past that and view it as a romp through some archeology and art, pictures of early carvings from cultures which obviously worshipped female anatomy the way we build Washington Monuments to the phallic, it's a good, well-illustrated read, from the earliest stone scratchings through modern tributes.

Friday, October 16th, 1998