The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe: Myths and Cult Images
In this beautifully illustrated study of sculpture, vases, and other cult objects portraying the Goddess, fertility images, and mythical animals, Marija Gimbutas sketches the matrilineal village culture that existed in southeastern Europe between 6500 and 3500 B.C., before it was overwhelmed by the patriarchal Indo-Europeans. The analysis of this rich mythical imagery tells us much about early humanity's concepts of the cosmos, of humans' relations with nature, and of the complementary roles of male and female.
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Preface to new edition
Coiffure and caps
Shrines and the Role of Figurines
Cosmogonical and Cosmological Images
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