From the Realm of the Ancestors; An Anthology in Honor of Marija Gimbutas

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Born in Lithuania, Marija Gimbutas was a national heroine even before her death in 1994. A classically trained archaeologist, Dr. Gimbutas was also a linguist, mythologist and folklorist who possessed the vision of an artist and the broad understanding of a philosopher. Widely respected as a world-class expert on Baltic and Slavic prehistory and the Indo-European Bronze Age, she devoted the last thirty years of her life to exploring and interpreting the earlier Neolithic cultures of Europe. Her discovery of a ...
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Born in Lithuania, Marija Gimbutas was a national heroine even before her death in 1994. A classically trained archaeologist, Dr. Gimbutas was also a linguist, mythologist and folklorist who possessed the vision of an artist and the broad understanding of a philosopher. Widely respected as a world-class expert on Baltic and Slavic prehistory and the Indo-European Bronze Age, she devoted the last thirty years of her life to exploring and interpreting the earlier Neolithic cultures of Europe. Her discovery of a goddess-based, matrilineal society that preceded the patriarchal Indo-European culture has been widely recognized as ground-breaking, initiating a new perception of European prehistory that challenges traditional assumptions about the origins of Western civilization. In this splendid collection, an international group of scholars, artists and writers articulate their deep respect for Marija Gimbutas as they acknowledge the contributions she has made to their own work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879198258
  • Publisher: Knowledge, Ideas & Trends, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Edition description: KNOWLEDGE, IDEAS & TRENDS, INC
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 659
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 8.95 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Remembering a Great Woman of Science 1
The Circle Is Unbroken: A Brief Biography 7
Marija Gimbutas in My Life: Some Reminiscences 26
Marija Gimbutas and the Archaeology of the Balts 32
Bright Shards: Recollecting Marija Gimbutas 36
Tea with Marija 40
Marija Gimbutas and the King's Archaeologist 41
The Gimbutas Gift 47
Pt. 2 Deepening the Disciplines 50
I Archaeology 56
Did Anatolia Contribute to the Neolithization of Southeast Europe? 59
The Earliest Indo-Europeanization of the North Balkan Area in Light of a New Investigation in the Upper Thracian Valley 70
Linkardstown Type Burials, Their Pots, and Their Antecedents 78
II Genetics, Linguistics, Indo-European Studies 90
Genetic Evidence Supporting Marija Gimbutas' Work on the Origins of Indo-European People 93
Marija Gimbutas' Kurgan Hypothesis and Indo-European Studies 102
Writing in the Ancient Mediterranean: the Old European Legacy 108
The Indo Europeanization of Old European Concepts 122
The Romanian Dolf and the Greek Delphis-Delphys-Delphoi Problem 130
Greek Amber 135
III Archaeomythology 140
An Archaeomythological Approach to the Meaning of Some East Baltic Neolithic Symbols 145
Norwegian Rock Art: The Women of Vingen 163
The Blacksmith as "King" in the Necropolis of Varna 175
The Capestrano Warrior, Marija Gimbutas and the Chinese Merciful Mother 188
The Goddess of the Garden in Pompeii 194
IV Mythology/Folklore 212
The Brown Bull of Cooley and Matriliny in Celtic Ireland 218
On the Wings of a Dove: Archaeomythology and a New Humanism 237
The Cosmic Conflict of Male and Female in Greek Mythology 247
Clashing Cultures and Hybrid Mythologies 262
Sigurdr and the Women 278
The Hindu Goddess Shasthi, Protector of Children and Women 293
Zoomorphic Images in Bulgarian Women's Ritual Dances in the Context of Old European Symbolism 309
Pt. 3 Expanding the Vision 322
I An Emerging Paradigm 330
Rediscovering Our Past, Reclaiming Our Future Toward a New Paradigm for History 335
Marija Gimbutas and the Change of Paradigm 350
Old European Ontology: Unlocking the Quantum Systems Beneath our Dead Sociologies 356
Gender-Biased Paradigms in Archaeology 371
The Interface of Archaeology and Mythology: A Philosophical Evaluation of the Gimbutas Paradigm 381
Beyond the Backlash: An Appreciation for the Work of Marija Gimbutas 399
A Different World: The Challenge of the Work of Marija Gimbutas to the Dominant Worldview of Western Culture 406
On Forgetting our Divine Origins: The Warning of Dervogilla 416
II The Artistic Vision 433
Titian's Assunta as Hieros Gamos 438
Over the Earth Bounds a Supernatural Dog 453
The Artistic Legacy of Marija Gimbutas 457
An Unknown Goddess 470
Rites of Passage in the Realm of the Ancestors 474
III The Symbolism of an Earth-based Spirituality 477
The Upper Paleolithic "Double Goddess": "Venus" Figurines as Sacred Female Transformation Processes in the Light of a Decipherment of European Upper Paleolithic Language 481
Temple-tombs and Sculptures in the Shape of the Body of the Great Goddess 498
The Minoan Horns of Consecration 508
Marija Gimbutas' Work and the Question of the Sacred 519
Legend of the Loaf 524
Marija Gimbutas and Metaformic Theory: Women as Creators of Cognitive Ideas 539
IV The Poetic Voice 548
Three Poems for Marija 549
Prayer 551
Goddesses, Goddesses: From Archaeology to Poetry of the Feminine 552
A Conversation in the Desert 572
Marija Gimbutas: The March of Courage 575
V The Interior Realm 576
The Self Seeding Goddess and the Mysteries of Creativity 578
Ripe Time: An Inquiry into Gimbutas' Appeal 587
Marija Gimbutas: Archaeologist of the Feminine Soul 593
Afterword: Standing at the Edge of the World 602
Marija Gimbutas' Bibliography 609
Acknowledgements 625
Contributors' Biographies 627
Illustration Credits 639
Index 643
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