Living Goddesses

ISBN-10: 0520229150

ISBN-13: 9780520229150

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The Living Goddesses crowns a lifetime of innovative, influential work by one of the twentieth-century's most remarkable scholars. Marija Gimbutas wrote and taught with rare clarity in her original--and originally shocking--interpretation of prehistoric European civilization. Gimbutas flew in the face of contemporary archaeology when she reconstructed goddess-centered cultures that predated historic patriarchal cultures by many thousands of years. This volume, which was close to completion at the time of her death, contains the distillation of her studies, combined with new discoveries, insights, and analysis. Editor Miriam Robbins Dexter has added introductory and concluding remarks, summaries, and annotations. The first part of the book is an accessible, beautifully illustrated summation of all Gimbutas's earlier work on "Old European" religion, together with her ideas on the roles of males and females in ancient matrilineal cultures. The second part of the book brings her knowledge to bear on what we know of the goddesses today--those who, in many places and in many forms, live on.
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/12/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 306
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Editor's Preface
Acknowledgments
Editor's Introduction
Religion in Prepatriarchal Europe
Images of Goddesses and Gods
Symbols, Signs, and Sacred Script
The Tomb and the Womb
Temples
Sacred Stone and Wood Ceremonial Centers
Matrilineal Social Structure as Mirrored in Religion and Myth
The Living Goddesses
The Minoan Religion in Crete
The Greek Religion
The Etruscan Religion
The Basque Religion
The Celtic Religion
The Germanic Religion
The Baltic Religion
Editor's Afterword
Editor's Notes
Glossary
Selected Bibliography
Index
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