L'ultimo libro scritto da Marija Gimbutas, pubblicato postumo, riassume decenni di ricerca condotta nei più importanti siti del neolitico e del paleolitico superiore europei: il risultato è un'impressionante serie di ritrovamenti che conducono alla ricostruzione di un'ideologia coerente e complessa, incentrata sulla divinità femminile, la "grande dea" della morte e della rigenerazione. Nutrice e sterminatrice, la dea fa convergere su di sé i miti e i riti degli abitanti dell'Europa che precedettero le grandi invasioni indoeuropee (stimate in due ondate, tra il 4000 e il 3000 a.C.).
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Although some reactionary reviewers would like the general public to believe that the late Marija Gimbutas, Ph.D. was a beyond-the-fringe scholar, one only has to look at the list of illustrious scholars who chose to write for the earlier Anthology celebrating her life's work to see that such a view Leggi tutto
I got a strong sense of déjà vu whilst reading The Living Goddesses. It reminded me of another book I’ve recently read; The Great Goddess by Jean Markale. And indeed, both books have the same objective – to prove that there was a Palaeolithic goddess that spread across the world and was revered and Leggi tutto
Gimbutas' posthumous collection is another in a long-line of sober archaeological reflections on Old European religion. If you know Gimbutas, or can read the title, you'll know that her main thesis was that Old European, that is, pre-patriarchal Indo-European invasions, religion was based in long-he Leggi tutto
All my secret beliefs are revealed as close to the truth in Gimbutas's work. As more collaborative archeological evidence is uncovered (okay - so is the bejeweled, crowned, weaponed woman found under the Forum last year in Rome REALLY some chieftain's wife?) Gimbutas will be revered rather than revi Leggi tutto
Unlike many books containing the word "Goddess" in their title, this book is not at all esoteric, but rather a scholarly archeological study. Vital in understanding that spiritual symbols existed many tens of thousands of years before the bible was written. I am fully in favour of exploring and appl Leggi tutto
Gimbutas is my new favorite archaeologist meets folklorist. I could read her all day.
A magnificent book about Old Europe and it's civilisations. It opened up a whole new world about the people who lived here before the Indo-European invasions. Gimbutas also explains in a very clear way what influence this old culture of the Old Europeans has on the civilications that came after them Leggi tutto
An enlightening look at pre Indo-European (called Old European) cultures and the myths and symbolism that underlies much of today's religious, cultural and mythological belief systems, based on archeological finds.
This is an absolutely amazing book! The depth of the discoveries, the research... amazing!
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