When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm

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In this long-awaited, lavishly illustrated book, drummer Layne Redmond presents an empowering narrative history of the sacred drum in the ancient Goddess civilization, using her extensive collection of images gathered during more than five years of research and travel in the Mideast and Europe. 80 photos & drawings.
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Overview

In this long-awaited, lavishly illustrated book, drummer Layne Redmond presents an empowering narrative history of the sacred drum in the ancient Goddess civilization, using her extensive collection of images gathered during more than five years of research and travel in the Mideast and Europe. 80 photos & drawings.
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A drummer herself who has taught and performed on the frame drum for many years, Redmond has written an engaging work on the history and meaning of female drumming in ancient spiritual traditions. She bases her work on her travels to ancient sites and other research, tracing the role of sacred drumming from as far back as the Paleolithic era (in the worship of the "Great Mother" or "Great Goddess") and in ancient civilizations in the Near East, India, Greece, and Rome. Along the way, she unearths the first representation of a framed drum at Catal Huyuk (in present-day Turkey), ca. 5600 B.C.E. Redmond even takes us through the rise of Christianity, which silenced both women and drumming in worship, then concludes with the reappearance of drumming in the modern age and its importance as a medium for transformation. Well documented, with an excellent bibliography, this multifaceted study will have great appeal for all readers and especially for music and women's studies collections.Joan W. Gartland, Detroit P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780609801284
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.51 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The Divine Feminine 5
Ch. 1 In Search of the Sacred 7
Ch. 2 First-Person Feminine 15
Pt. II In The Beginning 25
Ch. 3 Primeval Goddess of Rhythm 27
Ch. 4 Mother of the Fruited Grain 43
Pt. III In History 57
Ch. 5 The Lotus Goddess 59
Ch. 6 The Queen of Heaven 73
Ch. 7 The Golden One 89
Ch. 8 The Mother of the Gods 109
Ch. 9 The Great Protectress 125
Pt. IV Dispossessed 139
Ch. 10 The Storm God 141
Ch. 11 The Triumph of the Virgin 155
Pt. V The Return to Rhythm 167
Ch. 12 The Technology of Rhythm 169
Ch. 13 Giving Birth to Ourselves 179
Notes 193
Selected Bibliography 205
Discography 211
Illustration Credits 212
Index 215
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