When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm

When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm

by Layne Redmond

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635617887
Publisher: Echo Point Books & Media
Publication date: 12/24/2018
Pages: 242
Sales rank: 176,830
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Layne Redmond (1952-2013) has recorded five albums, been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, and was profiled in The New York Times and other major magazines and national publications. She performed and taught extensively, both in the United States and internationally. Ms. Redmond was the first female musician to have her own line of drums launched by Remo, Inc.

Table of Contents

Introduction

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

C
hapter 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

Notes

Selected Bibliography Discography

Illustration Credits

Index

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