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The language of the goddess : unearthing the hidden symbols of western civilization

Author: Marija Gimbutas
Publisher: San Francisco : Harper & Row, ©1989.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marija Gimbutas
ISBN: 0062503561 9780062503565 0500014809 9780500014806 0062512439 9780062512437
OCLC Number: 19847157
Description: xxiii, 388 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.
Contents: Part I. Life-giving --
ch. 1. Chevron and V as bird goddess symbols --
ch. 2. Zig-zag and M sign --
ch. 3. Meander and waterbirds --
ch. 4. Breasts of the bird goddess --
ch. 5. Streams --
ch. 6. Eyes of the goddess --
ch. 7. Open mouth/beak of the goddess --
ch. 8. Giver of crafts: associations with spinning, weaving, metallurgy, and musical instruments --
ch. 9. The ram, animal of the bird goddess --
ch. 10. Net motif --
ch. 11. Tri-line and power of three --
ch. 12. Vulva and birth --
ch. 13. Deer and bear as primeval mothers --
ch. 14. Snake --
Part II. The renewing and eternal earth --
ch. 15. Earth mother --
ch. 16. Power of two --
ch. 17. Male gods and Daimones --
Part III. Death and regeneration --
ch. 18. Symbols of death --
ch. 19. Egg --
ch. 20. Columns of life --
ch. 21. Regenerative vulva: triangle, hourglass, and bird's claws --
ch. 22. Ship of renewal --
ch. 23. Frog, hedgehog, and fish --
ch. 24. Bull, bee, and butterfly --
Part. IV. Energy and unfolding --
ch. 25. Spiral, lunar cycle, snake coil, hook and axe --
ch. 26. Opposed spirals, whirls, comb, brush, and animal whirls --
ch. 27. Hands and feet of the goddess --
ch. 28. Standing stones and circles --
Conclusons. The place and function of the goddess --
Continuity and transformation of the goddess in the Indo-European and Christian eras --
The world view of the culture of the goddess.
Responsibility: Marija Gimbutas.

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