In Search of the Lost Feminine: Decoding the Myths That Radically Reshaped Civilization [NOOK Book]

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Here, for the first time, an author weaves together threads that explain the mysterious disappearance of ancient cultures in which women and the environment were at the center, a loss that has dramatically influenced 3,500 years of Western history.

The ancient world had not only treated women with respect but had been more resistant to war, more attentive to earth's cycles, more ecstatic overall. Then suddenly the whole culture vanished. The...
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In Search of the Lost Feminine: Decoding the Myths That Radically Reshaped Civilization

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Overview



Here, for the first time, an author weaves together threads that explain the mysterious disappearance of ancient cultures in which women and the environment were at the center, a loss that has dramatically influenced 3,500 years of Western history.

The ancient world had not only treated women with respect but had been more resistant to war, more attentive to earth's cycles, more ecstatic overall. Then suddenly the whole culture vanished. The loss was ushered in by volcanoes and poets, gods of death and caricatures of maddening women, like Scylla, Charybdis, Medea, and Calypso—all of whom were intended to discredit an old civilization and install a new order. That new order secured patriarchal property, installed male gods, and established a requirement that respectable women be either virgin or married. In Search of the Lost Feminine is a fascinating study of Western history and the metaphor of the Holy Grail.
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Lawyer Barnes (Growing Up True: Lessons from a Western Boyhood) takes the reader on a historical journey from the Minoan era to modern times, describing how myths and institutions arose that led to the oppression of women, suppressing nature-based beliefs that honored female principles of fertility and rebirth in favor of war and conquest. The book is best read as a trial document that highlights selected pieces of evidence to persuade the reader that its particular narrative is correct. While the author acknowledges that interpreting myth as history, reading art as ideology, and postulating the mentality of prehistoric people are difficult tasks, this does not stop him from doing so, which leads to simplistic or highly speculative conclusions. For instance, while he sees the monstrous female figures that Ulysses must overcome as representing male domination, he fails to take into account the monstrous male figures (e.g., Polyphemus) that Ulysses also encounters. As a result, this work does not fulfill the need for a sympathetic yet evidentially grounded study of the history of women's spirituality. Not recommended. Dan Harms, SUNY at Cortland Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555918460
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/15/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,355,054
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author


Craig Barnes began his career as a public interest lawyer dealing with women's rights and the environment. He was also active in politics and civil rights, running for Congress in Denver as a peace candidate in 1970.
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Table of Contents

Introduction : rewriting the story of Western civilization 1
I Minoan artifacts challenge the inevitability of patriarchy 9
II The collapse of the Minoan world 67
III A warrior civilization emerges 91
IV Objections to the warrior civilization 195
V History as a choice of stories 231
App Success and failure in women's wages and employment in America 247
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