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The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe: 6500-3500 BC Myths and Cult Images (Anglais) Broché – 1 septembre 2007

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The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe An illustrated study of sculpture, vases, and other cult objects portraying the Goddess, fertility images, and mythical animals. It sketches the matrilineal village culture that existed in southeastern Europe between 6500 and 3500 BC, before it was overwhelmed by the patriarchal Indo-Europeans. Full description

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What came before the king the knight and the peasant? 22 février 2009
Par mike gurski - Publié sur Amazon.com
For those who have not begun the journey through the numerous works of the late Dr. Gimbutas, this early analysis is as good a place as any to start. Her painstaking research, archealogical digs and discoveries, not to mention controversial conclusions of the matriarchal culture that thrived prior to the repeated waves of the Indo-European incursions through Old Europe, are a breath of fresh air into the mythos of the Great Mother. Be warned though, Gimbutas' work can be captivating and like me you could find yourself reading through all her successive works. For the archealogical traveller, Gimbutas' also opens up an itinerary worth following to see for oneself, the various 'finds' from her digs. For those looking for a broader guide to the myth of the Goddess, explore The Myth of the Goddess, Evolution of an Image by Anne Baring and Jules Cashford. However, for the experience of direct discovery and articulate analyis, plus a solid repetoire of images, figures and maps to stimulate the left brain Gimbutas sets the standard. My only regret is that I did not discover her work sooner and if I had would have made the effort to meet her in person.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 More pictures 6 janvier 2013
Par lauriecacao - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book is loaded with images not found in Gimbutas' later works, so if images are your interest, it's valuable.

I have some issues with the writing and the thoughts expounded, more so than what is usually brought up around her work in general. This book was written in the 70's and reflects what are now outdated idioms and platitudes. I don't have a problem overlooking that though. She did a massive service to our culture and the lost ones by methodically unearthing and documenting so much material.
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Par Steven H Propp - Publié sur Amazon.com
Marija Gimbutas (1921-1994) was a Lithuanian-American archaeologist known for her research into the Neolithic and Bronze Age cultures of "Old Europe"; she was a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard and was made a Fellow of Harvard's Peabody Museum. She wrote a number of books, such as The Language of the Goddess, The Living Goddesses, The Civilization of the Goddess, etc. Her work is also summarized in the documentary, Signs Out of Time: The Story of Archaeologist Marija Gimbutas. [NOTE: page numbers below refer to the 304-page paperback edition.]

She wrote in the Preface to the revised (1982) edition of this book, “Much new material on the mythical imagery of Old Europe has emerged during the ten-year interval between the writing of [this book] and the present edition, but the basic concepts have remained unchanged. The new discoveries have served only to strengthen and support the view that the culture called ‘Old Europe’ was characterized by a dominance of woman in society and worship of a Goddess incarnating the creative principle as Source and Giver of All. In this culture the male element, man and animal, represented spontaneous and life-stimulating---but not life-generating---powers. This priority is represented in the present title by a change of word order, from ‘The Gods and Goddesses’ to ‘The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe.’

“The term ‘Old Europe’ is applied to a pre-Indo-European culture of Europe, a culture matrifocal and probably matrilinear, agricultural and sedentary, egalitarian and peaceful. It contrasted sharply with the ensuing proto-Indo-European culture which was patriarchal, stratified, pastoral, mobile, and war-oriented, superimposed on all Europe… between 4500 and 2500 BC. During and after this period the female deities, or more accurately the Goddess Creatrix in her many aspects, were largely replaced by the predominantly male divinities of the Indo-Europeans. What developed after c. 2500 BC was a mélange of the two mythic systems, Old European and Indo-Eurpoean.”

She begins Chapter 8 with the statement, “The ‘Fertility Goddess’ or ‘Mother Goddess’ is a more complex image than most people think. She was not only the Mother Goddess who commands fertility, or the Lady of the Beasts who governs the fecundity of animals and all wild nature, or the frightening Mother Terrible, but a composite image with traits accumulated from both the pre-agricultural and agricultural eras. During the latter she became essentially a Goddess of Regeneration, i.e. a Moono Goddess, product of a sedentary, matrilinear community, encompassing the archetypal unity and multiplicity of feminine nature. She was giver of life and all that promotes fertility, and at the same time she was the wielder of the destructive powers of nature. The feminine nature, like the moon, is light as well as dark.” (Pg. 152)

She wonders, “The question now arises as to what happened to the prehistoric goddess after the third millennium BC. Did she disappear after the advent of the patriarchal Indo-European world or did she survive the dramatic change?” (Pg. 196)

She notes, “It is no mere coincidence that the venerated goddess of the sixth and fifth centuries in Ancient Greece resembles the Goddess of Life and Death of the sixth and fifth millennia BC. Mythical images last for many millennia. In her various manifestations… the Great Goddess existed for at least five thousand years before the appearance of Classical Greek Civilization. Village communities worship her to this day in the guise of the Virgin Mary… In European folk beliefs, she still moves within pregnant women in the shape of a wandering uterus or a toad. Each of her feminine aspects, virginity, birth-giving and motherhood, as well as her Terrible Mother aspect, is well represented in figurine art throughout the Neolithic and Chalcolithic eras of Old Europe.” (Pg. 199-200)

She begins Chapter 9 with the statement, “A goddess symbolizing earth fertility was the natural response to an agrarian way of life. Her image harbors no accumulation of symbols from the proto-agricultural era as do those of the Great Goddess and Bird Goddess. She develops her own character in the course of time, but her intimate relationships to the Upper Paleolithic Pregnant goddess is obvious. The seed must have been recognized as the cause of germination and growth, and the pregnant belly of a woman must have been assimilated to a field fertility in the infancy of agriculture. As a result, there arose an image of a pregnant goddess endowed with the prerogative of being able to influence and distribute fertility.” (Pg. 201)

She concludes, “The task of sustaining life was the dominating motif in the mythical imagery of Old Europe, hence regeneration was one of the foremost manifestations. Naturally, the goddess who was responsible for the transformation from death to life became the central figure in the pantheon of gods… In Old Europe the world of myth was not polarized into female and male as it was among the Indo-European and many other nomadic and pastoral peoples of the steppes. Both principles were manifest side by side… Neither is subordinate to the other; by complementing each other, their power is doubled… The pantheon reflects a society dominated by the mother. The role of woman was not subject to that of a man, and much that was created between inception of the Neolithic and the blossoming of the Minoan civilization was a result of that structure in which all resources of human nature, feminine and masculine, were utilized to the full as a creative force.” (Pg. 236-238)

This lavishly-illustrated book (B&W photographs and drawings) is an excellent introduction to Gimbutas’s work.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating history 31 décembre 2011
Par Stephen Baig - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book provided some excellent information for a presentation I made recently on the history of butterflies as a timeless subject of the visual arts. The book is well-written, scholarly, and packed with references. Now I'm reading the rest of the book!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well Documented 21 septembre 2013
Par TJ - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The author does a fine job of presenting the Goddess worship and lifestyle of the matriarchal society of pre-Indo-European or Old Europe.
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