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The goddesses and gods of Old Europe, 6500-3500 BC : myths and cult images

Author: Marija Alseikaite Gimbutas
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 1996, ©1974.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : New and updated edView all editions and formats
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"Uropean civilization between 6500 and 3500 BC - long before Greek or Judaeo-Christian civilizations flourished - was not a provincial reflection of neighboring Near Eastern cultures but a distinct culture with its own unique identity. The mythical imagery of this matrilinear era tells us much about early humanity's concepts of the cosmos, of human relations with nature, of the complementary roles of male and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marija Alseikaite Gimbutas
ISBN: 0520046552 9780520046559
OCLC Number: 659100292
Description: 304 pages : plates, illustrations
Contents: Cultural background --
Schematicism --
Ritual costume --
The Mask --
Shrines and the role of figurines --
Cosmogonical and cosmological images --
Mistresses of waters : the bird and snake goddess --
The great goddess of life, death and regeneration --
The pregnant vegetation goddess --
The year-God.
Responsibility: Marija Gimbutas.

Abstract:

"Uropean civilization between 6500 and 3500 BC - long before Greek or Judaeo-Christian civilizations flourished - was not a provincial reflection of neighboring Near Eastern cultures but a distinct culture with its own unique identity. The mythical imagery of this matrilinear era tells us much about early humanity's concepts of the cosmos, of human relations with nature, of the complementary roles of male and female. Through study of sculpture, vases, and other cult objects from southeastern Europe, Gimbutas sketches the village culture that evolved there before it was overwhelmed by the patriarchal Indo-Euopreans. The Goddess incarnating the creative principle as a Source and Giver of All, fertility images, mythical animals, and other artifacts are anlyzed for their mythic and social significance in this beautifully illustrated study."--Googlebooks.

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