The Living Goddesses (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Living Goddesses This volume contains discoveries, insights and analysis of the goddess-centred cultures which predated historic patriarchal cultures by many thousands of years. The text includes an exploration of the roles of males and females in ancient matrilineal cultures.
- Published: 11 May 1999
- Format: Hardback 306 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780520213937 ISBN 10: 0520213939
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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.