The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth

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Harper Collins, May 27, 1987 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 528 pages
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This classic exploration of the Goddess through time and throughout the world draws on religious, cultural, and archaeological sources to recreate the Goddess religion that is humanity's heritage. Now, with a new introduction and full-colour artwork, t

 

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I read this book back in 1990. Recent archeology at the Catolhoyuk neolithic site in Turkey and elsewhere pretty much puts to bed the notion that Neolithic societies were Goddess worshippers, much less being matriarchal in nature. Its a nice hypothesis, but it doesn't stand up to reality in the field. The book is based on old ideas that have been pretty much disproven by more recent digs.
It's value is really in seeing how a few "facts" from science can be exploded into a whole fanatsy of a non-existent society when ideologically motivated to do so. In this case the motivation is the radical feminism of the authors and their misguided notions of female moral superiority over men. When the authors really get into the nitty gritty of their fabulist matriarchal scoiety of the Neolithic period, they describe a very gynocentric society that discriminates against men, and the authors think thats wonderful and as it should be. This book also shows how science can be warped to serve a political viewpoint.
 

Contents

Moon and Womb
189
Witch Rebel Midwife and Healer
200
Goddess of the Witches
208
Tantra and the World Spine
219
PATRIARCHAL CULTURE AND RELIGION
230
Suns Victory over the Dark Mother
244
The Sun God
253
The jealous God
265

Mysteries of the Throne the Cave and the Labyrinth
71
The Cult of the Dead
77
WOMENS CULTURE AND RELIGION IN NEOLITHIC TIMES
87
The Moon and the Stone
96
The Earth Mound as Cosmic Womb of the Pregnant Goddess
104
The Islands of Malta and Gozo
110
Twelve Circling Dancers
116
Earth Spirit Serpent Spirals and Blind Springs
124
Underground Caverns and Alchemic Mysteries
131
The Great Intellectual Triumph of Womens Culture
139
Moon Minds
150
The Cow Goddess and New Foods
161
The Moon Tree
171
Split in the Garden
276
Life as a Mistake
288
The WitchHunts
298
Denial of the People
315
The American Split
330
The Divine Homosexual Family
347
The Machine
358
Beyond the Male God and His Machine
391
Respell the World
425
Notes
433
Bibliography
477
Photograph and Illustration Credits
491
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About the author (1987)

Monica Sjöö is well known in Europe as the foremost artist and theoretician of the reemerging Goddess religion. Forty-four of her own works illustrate this volume.

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