The Living Goddesses / Edition 1

The Living Goddesses / Edition 1

by Marija Gimbutas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520229150

ISBN-13: 9780520229150

Pub. Date: 01/12/2001

Publisher: University of California Press

"The quintessence of decades of research. . . . It excellently illustrates the various manifestations of the Goddess in the Minoan world and in ancient Greece, among the Etruscans and the Basques, in Celtic, Germanic, and Baltic religion. . . . For sure, the ideas of Marija Gimbutas about the 'Old European' civilization are controversial, but they are built on strong

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"The quintessence of decades of research. . . . It excellently illustrates the various manifestations of the Goddess in the Minoan world and in ancient Greece, among the Etruscans and the Basques, in Celtic, Germanic, and Baltic religion. . . . For sure, the ideas of Marija Gimbutas about the 'Old European' civilization are controversial, but they are built on strong arguments and valid bases, which make it indispensable for her dissident colleagues to take heed of her writings."-Edgar Polomé, Editor of the Journal of Indo-European Studies

"The overall view of 'Old Europe' Marija Gimbutas presents is not only readable but spellbinding. . . . Archaeological findings, folklore, and historical texts, including images and texts from ancient Greece and the ancient Near East, are drawn on, and together they produce a coherent, seamless imagery."-Kees Bolle, University of California, Los Angeles

"This book is a major contribution to cultural history, especially the history of religion; clearly no one but Gimbutas could have produced this masterful contribution to the archeomythology of Europe." (Publishers Weekly)

"Wide-ranging and fascinating, The Living Goddesses should intrigue the curious and delight most feminist scholars." (Library Journal)

Author Biography: Marija Gimbutas (1921-1994) was Professor of European Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Curator of Old World Archaeology at what is now the Fowler Museum of Cultural History. She is the author of Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe, 7000-3500 b. c. (California, 1982) and coauthor, with Joseph Campbell, of The Language of the Goddess (1995). Miriam Robbins Dexter, who holds a Ph.D. in Indo-European studies from UCLA, is a lecturer in the Honors Collegia and in the Program in Women's Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is author of Whence the Goddesses: A Source Book (1990).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520229150
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/12/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvii
Editor's Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Editor's Introductionxv
Part IReligion in Prepatriarchal Europe1
1Images of Goddesses and Gods3
2Symbols, Signs, and Sacred Script43
3The Tomb and the Womb55
4Temples72
5Sacred Stone and Wood Ceremonial Centers99
6Matrilineal Social Structure as Mirrored in Religion and Myth112
Part IIThe Living Goddesses127
7The Minoan Religion in Crete131
8The Greek Religion151
9The Etruscan Religion165
10The Basque Religion172
11The Celtic Religion176
12The Germanic Religion188
13The Baltic Religion197
Editor's Afterword215
Editor's Notes217
Glossary231
Selected Bibliography235
Index261

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