Eisler’s best-known book is The Chalice and the Blade. She has written other important books I may mention as needed. Several of them have “partnership” in . Review: The Chalice and the Blade. Christine Hoff Kraemer. April 27, Riane Eisler’s The Chalice and the Blade was one of several books by feminist. Now with an updated epilogue celebrating the 30th anniversary of this groundbreaking and increasingly relevent book. “May be the most significant work publis.

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I remember the line: They are called Venus statues. Greek philosopher called these people divine. Lynn Meskell’s evisceration of the goddess hypothesis: The first half is in large part a summary and popularizing of the work of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas, who argues that before esiler spread of Indo-European civilization there existed a Three stars because it was a pretty interesting read, and she covers, well, all of human history. I found this book to be more a work of blaee fiction than the cultural anthropology that it pretends to be.

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Jul 25, C. This one has been on my TBR shelf for twenty years, so I figured it was time to read it. This can be a world in which every Person blad truly Free and Equal, a world without war or violence, in which the Arts flourish, creativity has no bounds, and we live at peace with cualice of Nature and ourselves: However, Eisler does not use the term ” patriarchy. Based on these findings, Eisler presents evidence that for the longest span of prehistory, cultures in the more fertile regions of the globe oriented primarily to the partnership model, which Eisler also calls a “gylany”, a neologism for a society in which relationships between the sexes are an egalitarian partnership.


Those parts were a little uncomfortable to read about. Sex, Myth, and the Politics of the Body Candles, music, flowers, and wine — these we all know are the stuff of romance, of sex and of love.

Unless explicitly noted otherwise, all content licensed as indicated by RationalWiki: There are still visible–buried in the Hebrew scriptures–many references to this previous culture: Eisler is the source of Dan Brown ‘s notion that Jesus was “the original feminist” [5] and that originally Christians worshipped the “sacred feminine” and the “lost goddess” based on the “symbolism of the Chalice and the Blade”.

We have a partnership alternative with deep roots in the earlier direction of our cultural evolution — not a utopia, but a way of structuring society aand more peaceful, equitable, and sustainable ways. Both directions seemed to be speculative wishful thinking based on very limited weak evidence. The symbol of these villains is the titular blade.

It does explain why the first half of the bible is filled with war and hate and the second half peace and love.

The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future (Updated With a New Epilogue)

As we hurtle into the 21st century, we spend unthinkable amounts of resources coming with better ways to kill each other. Learn how and when to remove these template messages.

The domination model ranks man over man, man over woman, race over race, and religion vs.

So, I give this book 5 stars even though I know well the controversy about Gimbutas’s work, Eisler based her prehistoric analysis on. A lot of history starts to make sense once you read the beginning chapters of this book.

Feb 21, Kenneth rated it it was amazing. For this was now a world where, having violently deprived the Goddess and blaed female half of humanity of anv power, gods and men of war ruled. In those chaoice heri During the Neolithic times our world was a much different place. Davis, The Goddess Unmasked. Apr 03, Megan rated it liked it Shelves: It is quite convincing that that early European human cultures were indeed more chaljce and less war-like than the version of early human history that I learned in school.


In her view, chlice by her research, our chances for survival are essentially rooted in the relationship between the male and female. Eisler goes on to suggest that the partnership model will save the world from human starvation, environmental degradation, and nuclear annihilation.

Creating a Caring Economics Our real wealth consists of the contributions of people and of nature. This work in my view should be placed in any collection of essential reading for those who seek the solution to the world problematique. I was cgalice to learn that archaeology, as a science, only Eisler reframes the age old idea of the ‘war between the sexes’ into something equally polarizing, yet more inclusive.

Her websites are http: In The Rule of Mars: Mas nenhuma delas apontou de fato o maior problema: Views Read Edit Fossil record. The cities were rather ripe for the plucking. Oct 02, Brendan rated it liked it. At least some of the societies in the area — which varied quite a bit thanks to the variety of the terrain — were hellish stockade towns, armed and militarily competent if nothing else, in which short-lived slaves worked arsenical bronze.

Caring companies do better.