Language of the Goddess

ISBN-10: 0500282498
ISBN-13: 9780500282496
Edition: 2nd 2001 (Reprint)
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Description: The goddess is the most potent and persistent feature in the archaeological records of the ancient world. In this volume the author resurrects the world of goddess-worshipping, earth centred cultures, bringing ancient matriarchal society to life.

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Book details

List price: $27.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 424
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

The goddess is the most potent and persistent feature in the archaeological records of the ancient world. In this volume the author resurrects the world of goddess-worshipping, earth centred cultures, bringing ancient matriarchal society to life.

Foreword
Introduction
Categories of Symbols
Life-Giving
Chevron and V as Bird Goddess Symbols
Zig-Zag and M Sign
Meander and Waterbirds
Breasts of the Bird Goddess
Streams
Eyes of the Goddess
Open Mouth/Beak of the Goddess
Giver of Crafts: Associations with Spinning, Weaving, Metallurgy, and Musical Instruments
The Ram, Animal of the Bird Goddess
Net Motif
Tri-Line and Power of Three
Vulva and Birth
Deer and Bear as Primeval Mothers
Snake
The Renewing and Eternal Earth
Earth Mother
Power of Two
Male Gods and Daimones
Death and Regeneration
Symbols of Death
Egg
Columns of Life
Regenerative Vulva: Triangle, Hourglass, and Bird's Claws
Ship of Renewal
Frog, Hedgehog, and Fish
Bull, Bee, and Butterfly
Energy and Unfolding
Spiral, Lunar Cycle, Snake Coil, Hook and Axe
Opposed Spirals, Whirls, Comb, Brush, and Animal Whirls
Hands and Feet of the Goddess
Standing Stones and Circles
The Place and Function of the Goddess
Continuity and Transformation of the Goddess in the Indo-European and Christian Eras
The World View of the Culture of the Goddess
Glossary of Symbols
Types of Goddesses and Gods
Summary of Functions and Images of the Neolithic Great Goddess
Chronologies
Maps
Bibliography and References
Sources of Illustrations
Index

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