For millennia, the sacred drummers of pre-Christian Mediterranean and western Asia were women. In this inspiring book, Layne Redmond, herself a renowned drummer, tells their history.
Artistic representations reveal that female frame drummers carried the spiritual traditions of many of the earliest recorded civilizations. During those ancient times, the drummer-priestesses held the keys to experience of the divine through rhythm. They were at the center of the goddess worship of matriarchal societies until the ascendance of patriarchal cultures and the loss of drumming as a spiritual technology. With wisdom and passion, Redmond chronicles our species’ deep connection to the drum, our rich heritage of inseparable spirituality and music, and the modern-day women reclaiming it.
This book encourages readers—both women and men—to reestablish rhythmic links with themselves, nature, and other people through the power of drumming. Redmond illustrates her message with an extensive collection of images gathered during ten years of research and travel. Woven throughout the book are strands of ancient ritual and mythology, personal stories, and scientific evidence of the benefits of drumming. It is at once a history, a memoir, and a resounding call for spiritual and social renewal.
|Publisher:||Echo Point Books & Media|
|Product dimensions:||7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.51(d)|
About the Author
Table of Contents
Part I THE DIVINE FEMININE
Chapter One In Search of the Sacred
Chapter Two First-Person Feminine
Part II IN THE BEGINNING
Chapter Three Primeval Goddess of Rhythm Chapter Four Mother of the Fruited Grain
Part III IN HISTORY
Chapter Five The Lotus Goddess
Chapter Six The Queen of Heaven Chapter Seven The Golden One
Chapter Eight The Mother of the Gods
Chapter Nine The Great Protectress
Part IV DISPOSSESSED
Chapter Ten The Storm Cod
Chapter Eleven The Triumph of the Virgin
Part V THE RETURN TO RHYTHM
Chapter Twelve The Technology of Rhythm
Chapter Thirteen Giving Birth to Ourselves
Selected Bibliography Discography