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Description: 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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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 1/12/2001
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Religion in Prepatriarchal Europe|
|Images of Goddesses and Gods|
|Symbols, Signs, and Sacred Script|
|The Tomb and the Womb|
|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|