The Living Goddesses
by Marija Gimbutas , Miriam Robbins Dexter
Editor: University of California Press
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The Life Goddesses crown a lifetime of innovative, influential work by one of the most outstanding xx century scholarsMarija Gimbutas wrote and taught with rare clarity in the original sound-and originally shocking-interpretation of the prehistory of European civilizationGimbutas flew in front of contemporary archaeology, when she reconstructs the goddess centered on cultures, which date back several thousand years before the historical patriarchal culturesThis volume, which was nearing completion at the time of his death, contains distillation of his studies, combined with new discoveries, ideas and analysisMiriam Robbins’ editor Dexter added introductory and concluding remarks, summaries and annotationsThe first part of the book is accessible, beautifully illustrated sum of all Gimbutas’ earlier work on the’Old Europe’ of religion, with his ideas on the roles of men and women in ancient matrilineal culturesThe second part of the book brings his knowledge to bear on what we know of today’s goddesses, those who, in many places and in many forms, live on
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