Tag: pre-history

The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler (First published in N.Y. 1987)

If we want to change the world, it is helpful to find out how it was changed in the first place. In other words, what happened to get us to the place we find ourselves now? Was it always like this? No. It was not. Reading The Chalice and the Blade helps you understand how it once was and how the change happened.  Riane Eisler’s main exploration in this book is the difference between partnership societies and dominator societies. Long ago, and not so long ago for many indigenous peoples, humans lived in partnership societies (chalice). Partnership societies are ones in which “social relations...

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Marija Gimbutas: Unearthing the Goddess, Rocking My World, Lithuanian-American (1921-1994) by Theresa C. Dintino

I don’t know that there is any book that changed my life more than Marija Gimbutas’ The Language of the Goddess. I cannot remember what my life was like before I opened this book, before I knew these images, these cultures. Most probably they were always there, buried deep in the layers of my consciousness—women’s prehistory—haunting my dreams and moments of deep repose. Marija’s book offered them context.  And that was not a small thing. That was everything. That is but one part of the importance of her work. It gave these “memories,” these images, that lay at the...

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