Bringing together archaeological evidence, comparative mythology and folklore, and symbolic interpretations, Gimbutas's work asserts the existence in prehistoric Europe of a widespread culture centered on the Goddess, lifegiver and sustainer, as well as death-wielder. Through the examination of hundreds of Paleolithic and mostly Neolithic pieces, the author traces cross-cultural and cross-chronological symbolic parallels, some of which are quite broad and open to several types of inference. The central and venerated position of women in the unconscious of early European people seems probable; this order of things changed with the incursions by Kurgan groups (4300-2800 B.C.) and the European world moved "from matrilineal to patrilineal." Whether or not one agrees with these archaeomythological interpretations, Gimbutas offers a thought-provoking symbolic reading of hundreds of selected pieces, beautifully reproduced in this sizeable compendium.
- Winnie Lambrecht, Brown Univ., Providence, R.I.
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The first authoritative work on the ancient goddess culture. -- Boston GlobeSee all Editorial Reviews
This is a great used book. BUT it has many unprinted pages -- 64 pages to be exact. I'm VERY disappointed. This book should have been discarded by the publisher. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BetteNW
Love Marija Gimbutas. She has been a great inspiration to me and women around the world.Published 2 months ago by Linda Raynor
Great book on the Goddess history, just what I was looking for. so glad I ordered it.Published 8 months ago by fiberlass
Not one of her more interesting books for reading pleasure. Good book on artifact sketches though.Published 9 months ago by robert straitt
This book is a revelation. We were once a peaceful egalitarian society, a matriarchal society. No one wanted for anything. Read morePublished 11 months ago by harry schultze