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Mothers and Amazons Paperback – November, 1973

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Doubleday (November 1973)
  • ISBN-10: 0385007337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385007337
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 3.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Helen Diner - the American pseudonym of Bertha Eckstein-Diener, a.k.a. Sir Galahad - was an unusual, sophisticated scholar in the midst of the spiritual/political melee of the 1930s' European intelligentsia. She was a member of an elite group of "Arthurians" each of whom took a name from the Tableround. (another member was Arthur Avalon who wrote the 'Serpent power'). The members of this group each vowed to bring to the West an area of knowledge hitherho unknown to the wider public. Sir Galahad (Helen Diner aka ....) embarked on presenting a history of the Feminine, drawing boldly on intuition and literary sources, Bachofen (of course)and myths, historic and religious materials. Last not least her sensitive, poetic language sets her apart from the later feminist writers. A fine sense of irony and some awfully politically incorrect views (e.g. on female castration) make this book a bumpy yet breathtaking journey into the political and cultural roots of our own society - "in the beginning was woman...".
A must-read for anyone interested in the Feminine - Earthly and Divine, Goddess and Empress, Priestess and Warrior. kdg@montsegure.com
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Bertha Eckstein-Diener ("Helen Diner"; 1874-1948) was an Austrian writer, travel journalist, and feminist historian. She also wrote Emporers Angels and Eunuchs - The Thousand Years of the Byzantine Empire, as well as other books.

She wrote in the Preface to this 1930 book, "This is the first feminine history of culture. It endeavors to remain as one-sided as possible, one-sided in that direction which has never so far enjoyed a graphic representation... Unfortunately, it was not possible to include exhaustive notes or a bibliography... Two personalities are responsible for the best portion of this work: for its depth, it was J.J. Bachofen, the great discoverer of matriarchal society [Myth, Religion, and Mother Right]; its ethnographic breadth was added by Robert Briffault [The Mothers, Abridged Edition]." (Pg. ixx-xxi) Later, she concludes that "Bachofen's greatness... [lay] in his manner of tracing matriarchy through all of its many faces in the diverse realms scattered all over the earth." (Pg. 215)

She states, "The religious structure of every era contains its most vital and fundamentally true elements. This religious structure confers the realities of power. Veneration of woman as a goddess would have been incompatible with making her a slave on earth." (Pg.
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