MRP #15 - that ancient society may not necessarily be a...

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Ashley Ozery 10/29/07 Prehistoric RAT MRP #15 Raine Eisler definitely uses Gimbutas’s theory in a feminist vein. She cites her work numerous times, often adding her own comments (typically in accordance). Raine writes of female symbolism (cowrie shells, red ochre, snakes, birds, water-esque meanders, etc…) and attributes them to the Goddess. She also writes of mortuary rituals connected to the Goddess. The idea of the Goddess as both a deity of death and rebirth is explored. Eisler is also quick to denounce old interpretations of art and Neolithic society. She claims that these interpretations are merely projections of the “prevailing dominator worldview.” Many researchers, all men, would uncover a tomb, for instance, and declare it as belonging to a king. Under further investigation, it would often be discovered to belong to a queen. It simply did not occur to many people
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Unformatted text preview: that ancient society may not necessarily be a primitive reflection of our own. Yes, they were us, but no, they were not exactly us. What I found most interesting in the Eisler chapters was her depiction of life in Crete. She seems to be saying that in Crete, under women’s rule, life was peaceful. There was no hierarchy, no poor life, no warfare. It was an era unlike any since. Artists did not sign their work; kings, if they existed, did not keep record of their reigns. Women held high social, political, and religious positions. Most importantly, the love of life was more dominant in society than the fear of death. Another interesting note is the evolution of the Neolithic Goddess into particular religious figures of the contemporary world. Mary as the Holy Virgin and the Christian Madonna and Child are examples....
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