Myth, Religion, and Mother Right: Selected Writings of J.J. Bachofen

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Princeton University Press, 1992 - Fiction - 309 pages
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The Swiss thinker J. J. Bachofen is most often connected with his theory of matriarchy, or "mother right," but that concept is only a small part of his contribution to our understanding of cultural history. This book includes an autobiographical essay and selections from An Essay on Ancient Mortuary Symbolism, Mother Right, and The Myth of Tanaquil.


  

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Contents

My Life in Retrospect
3
From An Essay on Ancient Mortuary Symbolism
19
Foreword
21
The Three Mystery Eggs
24
The Eggs at the Circus
31
Sanctum and Sacrum
40
The Lamp in the Myth of Amor and Psyche
44
Symbol and Myth
48
Egypt
178
India
197
Lesbos
201
From The Myth of Tanaquil
209
Introduction
211
NOTES
247
BIBLIOGRAPHY
257
Sources
259

Ocnus the Rope Plaiter
51
From Mother Right
67
Introduction
69
Lycia
121
Athens
157
Lemnos
173
Selected Bibliography
261
List of Works Cited
263
INDEXES
271
General Index
273
Glossarial Index
275
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Page xxix - So far tama does not differ essentially from "father" in our sense. But as soon as the child begins to grow up and take an interest in things outside the affairs of the household and its own immediate needs, certain complications arise, and change the meaning of tama for him. He learns that he is not of the same clan as his tama, that his totemic appellation is different, and that it is identical with that of his mother.
Page xxvii - Verstand: . . . the longer, slower, more arduous road of rational combination and the shorter path of the imagination, traversed with the force and swiftness of electricity.
Page xlvii - The progress from the maternal to the paternal conception of man forms the most important turning point in the history of the relations between the sexes. The Demetrian and the Aphroditeanhetaeric stages both hold to the primacy of generative motherhood, and it is only the greater or lesser purity of its interpretation that distinguishes the two forms of existence.

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About the author (1992)

Bachofen was a jurist, an authority on the History of Roman law, and a social philosopher.

Ralph Manheim (1907-1992) was an American translator of German and French literature, as well as occasional works from Dutch, Polish and Hungarian. The PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, a major lifetime achievement award in the field of translation. is named in honor of Manheim and his work.

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