Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Language of the Goddess Paperback – May 1, 1995
Find Rare and Collectible Books
Discover rare, signed and first edition books on AbeBooks, an Amazon Company. Learn More on AbeBooks.com.
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
From Library Journal
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.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
"A powerful magnum opus...visually rich and intellectually intriguing." -- -- San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"An indispensable reference work with a profoundly provocative text." -- -- Toronto Star
"Rings with the belief that knowledfe about a foddess-worshipping past can guide the world toward a sexually egalitarian, nonviolent, and 'earth-centered' future." -- -- New York Times
"The first authoritative work on the ancient goddess culture." -- -- Boston Globe Magazine
"[This] beatifully illustrated book will keep archaeology, religion, and classics departments the world over in a tizzy." -- -- Rita Mae Brown, Los Angeles Times