In Search of The Black Madonna—A Pilgrimage to Northern Spain

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There has not been a lot written about the Black Madonna specifically, which is interesting itself. This bibliography gives an overview of books about different aspects of the subject: The Black Madonna; Archetypal and Symbolic Aspects, The Goddess Tradition; and Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of God, Christian Tradition. There is a wide variety to explore depending on individual interest. This is followed by books about Spain and Barcelona, some interesting and relevant fiction, and a highly recommended website that provides a great wealth of information.


Begg, Ean, The Cult of the Black Virgin, (without Gazetteer), Chion Publications, 2006. ISBN 978-1-888602-39-5

Gustafson, Fred, The Black Madonna, Sigo Press, 1990. ISBN 0-93843448-9

The Black Madonna

Begg, Ean, The Cult of the Black Virgin (with Gazetteer), Arkana, an imprint of Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1985. ISBN 0-14-019012-0

Begg, Ean, The Cult of the Black Virgin, (without Gazetteer), Chion Publications, 2006.ISBN 978-1-888602-39-5

Birnbaum, Lucia Chiavola, Black Madonnas, Feminism, Religion, and Politics in Italy, toExcel, 1993, 2000. ISBN 0-595-00380-X

Galland, China, Longing for Darkness, Tara and the Black Madonna, Penguin Books, 1990. ISBN 0-14-012184-6

Groth-Marnat, Barbara, A Pilgrimage to the Black Madonna, Red Rose Publications, 1990. ISBN 0-9627961-0-7

Gustafson, Fred, The Black Madonna, Sigo Press, 1990. ISBN 0-93843448-9

Gustafson, Fred, Ed., The Moonlit Path, Reflections on the Dark Feminine, Nicolas-Hays, 2003. ISBN 0-8924-064

Mato, Tataya, The Black Madonna Within, Drawings, Dreams, Reflections, Open Court, 1994. ISBN 0-8126-9249-7

Archetypal and Symbolic Aspects—Tradition of The Great Goddess

Ashe, Geoffrey, The Virgin, the Myth and Cult of Mary, Granada Publishing Limited, 1977. 586-08269-7

Austin, Hallie Eglehart, The Heart of the Goddess, Art, Myth and Meditations of the World’s Sacred Feminne, Wingbow Press,1990. ISBN 0-914728-69-5

Baring, Anne and Cashford, Jules, The Myth of the Goddess, Evolution of an Image, Arkana, Penguin Books, 1993. ISBN 978-0-14-019292-6

Benko, Stephen, The Virgin Goddess, Studies in the Pagan and Christian Roots of Mariology, Brill, 2004. ISBN 90-04-13639-8

Campbell, Joseph, Goddesess, Mysteries of the Feminine Divine, New World Library, 2013. ISBN 978-1-60868-182-2

Engelsman, Joan Chamberlain, The Feminine Dimension of the Divine, A Study of Sophia and Feminine Images in Religion, Chiron Publications, 1987. ISBN 0-933029-91-8

Estes, Clarissa Pinkola, Untie the Strong Woman, Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul, Sounds True Inc., 2011. ISBN 978-1-60407-635-6

Gimbutas, Marija, The Language of the Goddess, Thames & Hudson, 2001. ISBN 978-0500282496

Gimbutas, Marija, The Civilization of the Goddess, The World of Old Europe, Harper San Francisco, 1991. ISBN 0-06-250368-5

Graves, Robert, The White Goddess, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1948. ISBN 374-50493-8/0870

Hall, Nor, The Moon and the Virgin, Reflections on the Archetypal Feminine, Harper & Row, 1980. ISBN 0-06-011703-6

Johnson, Buffie, Lady of the Beasts, Ancient Images of the Goddess and Her Sacred Animals, Harper and Row, SF, 1988. ISBN 0-06-250423-1

Neumann, Erich, The Great Mother, An Analysis of the Archetype, Bollingen Series, Harper 1955. ISBN 0-691-01780-8

Perera, Sylvia Brinton, Descent to the Goddess, A Way of Initiation for Women, Inner City Books, 1981. ISBN 0-919123-05-8

Preston, James, Ed., Mother Worship, Theme and Variations, The University of North Carolina Press, 1982. ISBN 0-8078-4114-5

Spretnak, Charlene, Lost Goddesses of Early Greece, A Collection of Pre-Hellenic Mythology, Moon Books, 1978. ISBN 0-931452-00-7

Stone, Merlin, When God Was A Woman, Harvest/Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976. ISBN 0-15-696158-X

Stone, Merlin, Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood, Our Goddess and Heroine Heritage, Volume 1, New Sibylline Books, 1979. 0-9603352-0-X

Ulanov, Ann Belford, The Feminine—in Jungian Psychology and in Christian Theology, Northwestern University Press, 1971. ISBN 0-8101-0351-6

Mary—Mother of Jesus, Mother of God, Christian Tradition

Boyer, Marie-France, The Cult of the Virgin, Offerings, Ornaments and Festivals, Thames and Hudson, 2000.Good section on Black Virgins. ISBN0-500-01988-6

Carroll, Michael P., The Cult of the Virgin Mary, Psychological Origins, Princeton University Press, 1986. ISBN 0-691-02867-2

Cruz, Joan Carroll, Miraculous Images of Our Lady, Tan Books and Publishers, Rockford, IL 1993. ISBN 0-89555-484-4

Cunneen, Sally, In Search of Mary, The Woman and The Symbol, Ballantine Books, 1996. ISBN 0-345-38246-3

Degl’ Innocenti, Martina & Marinone, Stella, Mary, Abrams, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8109-8285-7

Ford-Grabowsky, The Way of Mary, Following Her Footsteps Toward God, Paraclete Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-55725-522-8

Gambero, Luigi, Mary and the Fathers of the Church, Ignatius Press, 1999. ISBN 978-089870-686-4

Gambero, Luigi, Mary in the Middle Ages, Ignatius Press, 2005. ISBN 0-89870-845-1

Hock, Ronald, The Banned Book of Mary, Ulysses Press, 2004. ISBN 1-56975-447-0

Mullen, Peter, Shrines of Our Lady, A guide to fifty of the world’s most famous Marian shrines, St Martin’s Press, 1998. (Includes Montserrat, Einsideln, Chartres.) ISBN 0-312243278

Orsini, Jacqueline, Mary, Images of the Holy Mother, Chronicle Books, 2000. ISBN 0-8118-2850-6

Pelikan, Jaroslav, Mary Through the Centuries, Her Place in the History of Culture, Yale University Press, 1996. ISBN 978-0-300-07661-5

Rosikon, James, The Madonnas of Europe, Pilgrimages to the Great Marian Shrines of Europe, Rosikon Press, Pub in Warsaw in 1998, first in English, 2000. ISBN 0-89870-849-4

Tesoriero, Bart, The Appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Aquinas Press, 2012. ISBN 1-936020-63-8

Warner, Marina, Alone of All Her Sex, The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary, Vintage Books, 1976. ISBN 978-0-394-7115-3

Sophia Tradition

Matthews, Caitlin, Sophia, Goddess of Wisdom, Bride of God, New Revised Ed., Quest Books, 2001. ISBN 0-8356-0801-8

The Contributions of Marion Woodman

Marion Woodman’s books are fundamental to the study of Jungian psychology, the importance of symbol and image, embodied consciousness, and the sacred feminine.

Woodman, Marion, The Owl Was a Baker’s Daughter: Obesity Anorexia Nervosa, and the Repressed Feminine, Inner City Books, 1980. ISBN 0-919123-03-1

Woodman, Marion, Addiction to Perfection: The Still Unravished Bride, Inner City Books, 1982. ISBN 0-919123-11-2

Woodman, Marion, The Pregnant Virgin: A Process of Psychological Transformation, Inner City Books, 1985. ISBN 0-919123-20-1

Woodman, Marion, The Ravaged Bridegroom: Masculinity in Women, Inner City Books, 1990. ISBN 0-919123-42-2

Woodman, Marion, Leaving My Father’s House: A Journey to Conscious Femininity (with Kate Danson, Mary Hamilton, and Rita Greer Allen), Shambala, 1993. ISBN 0-87773-578-6

Woodman, Marion, Dancing in the Flames: The Dark Goddess in the Transformation of Consciousness (with Elinor Dickson), Shambala, 1996. ISBN I-57062-I99-3

Woodman, Marion, Coming Home to Myself: Daily Reflections for a Woman’s Body and Soul (with Jill Mellick), Conari Press, 1998. ISBN 1-57324-100-8

Woodman, Marion, The Maiden King: The Reunion of Masculinity and Feminity (with Robert Bly), Henry Holt and Company, 1998. ISBN 0-8050-5777-3

Woodman, Marion, Bone – Dying Into Life, Viking Compass, 2000. ISBN 0-670-89374-9

Riley, Nancy, Ed, The Forsaken Garden: Four Conversations on the Deep Meaning of Environmental Illness, Marion Woodman, Ross Woodman, Sir Laurens van der Post, and Thomas Berry. Quest Books, 1998. ISBN 0-8356-0771-2

Spring 72, Body and Soul, Honoring Marion Woodman, Spring Journal, A Journal of Archetype & Culture, 2005. ISBN 1-882670-29-9

These Audio Downloads and CDs by Marion Woodman are available through Sounds True Publishing: sounds

Woodman, Marion, Emily Dickinson and the Demon Lover, Sounds True Publishing, 2009. ISBN 978-1-60407-055-2

Woodman, Marion, Rolling Away the Stone, Sounds True Publishing, 1989.

Woodman, Marion, Dreams: Language of the Soul, Sounds True Publishing, 2009. ISBN 978-1-62203-008-8

Woodman, Marion, The Crown of Age: The Rewards of Conscious Aging, Sounds True Publishing, 2004. ISBN 978-1-591179-269-7

Woodman, Marion, Holding the Tension of the Opposites, Sounds True Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-1-62203-024-8

Woodman, Marion, Sitting By the Well – Bringing the Feminine to Consciousness Through Language, Dreams, and Metaphor, Sounds True Publishing, 1998. ISBN 978-1-59179-596-4

Workshops offered by women who trained intensively with Marion Woodman:
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Spain and BarcelonaOur Itinerary

Barcelona: City Guide, Lonely Planet, 2008, ISBN 978-1-74104-896-4

The Cathedral of Barcelona, Tourist Guide, ISBN 84-210-0553-7

Montserrat Official Guide, 2008. ISBN 978-84-7856-958-7

Gimeno, Juan Antonio Gracia, The Pillar of Saragossa, Escudo de Oro. ISBN 978-84-378-1301-1

Spain, Eyewitness Travel Guide. ISBN 978-0-7566-1551-2

Spain and Barcelona

Carandell Josep Maria and Pere Vivas, images, The Temple of the Sagrada Familia, Triangle Postals, 2008. ( ISBN 978-84-8478-125-7

Cirlot, Juan-Eduardo and Pere Vivas, Images, Gaudi, An Introduction to His Architecture, Triangle Postals, 2008. ( ISBN 978-84-89815-94-0

Orwell, George, Homage to Catalonia, Harcourt, Inc., 1952/1980. ISBN 978-0-15-642117-1

 Toibin, Colm, Homage to Barcelona, Picador, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd., 2002. ISBN 978-0-330-37356-2

Tremlett, Giles, Ghosts of Spain, Travels through Spain and Its Silent Past, Bloomsbury, 2006. ISBN 978-0-8027-1674-3

Vila-Grau, Joan, Church of the Sagrada Familia, The Stained-Glass Windows, Ormoprint, Barcelona, 2006, 2011. ISBN 978-84-9979-050-3

White, Gary and Aviva, Elyn, Powerful Places in Catalonia, Pilgrims Process Inc., 2010. ISBN 978-0-9826233-1-2


Ermelino, Luisa, The Black Madonna, A Novel, Simon & Schuster, 2001. ISBN 978-1-4767-4861-0

Kidd, Sue Monk, The Secret Life of Bees, Viking, 2002. ISBN 0-670-03237-9

A novel about the Santa Maria del Mar cathedral in Barcelona. Not a Black Madonna but the Feminine is central: Falcones, Ildefonso, Cathedral of the Sea, Dutton, English translation by Nick Caistor, 2008. ISBN 978-0-525-95072-1

Toibin, Colm, The Testament of Mary, Scribner, 2012.

Very atmospheric setting in Barcelona by a Catalan author:

Zafon, Carlos Ruiz, The Shadow of the Wind, Penguin, 20015. ISBN 978-0143034902

Zafon, Carlos Ruiz, The Angel’s Game, Doubleday. Originally published in Spain in 2008, English translation by Lucia Graves, 2009. ISBN 978-0-385-52870-2

Zafon, Carlos Ruiz, The Prisoner of Heaven, HarperCollins. Translation by Lucia Graves, 2012. ISBN 978-0-06-220628-2

Websites – Wonderful website, check the index of Black Madonnas world-wide, then search by country.