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The Language of the Goddess: Unearthing the Hidden Symbols of Western Civilization Paperback – 26 Feb 2001

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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; New edition edition (26 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500282498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500282496
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Gimbutas has not only prepared a fundamental glossary of pictorial keys to the mythology of the otherwise undocumented era of European prehistory, but has established the main themes of a religion in veneration both of the universe as a living body of Goddess-Mother Creatrix and of all the living things within it as partaking in her divinity' - from the foreword by Joseph Campbell"

About the Author

Marija Gimbutas was professor of European archaeology at UCLA. She wrote over twenty books, including Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe.


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By A Customer on 11 July 1998
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Although difficult to get through some sections, I found the pictures and graphics wonderful and the undeniable female influence on our earliest history came through without any sexist or biased undertones. Men as well as women would benefit from reading this book, if not from cover to cover at least the high points and the last two chapters. And any mother of a young woman should consider this book for a special gift to her.
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This is a fascinating book. A detailed analysis of decorative themes and symbols to be found on ancient sculptures and pottery, relating to the widespread worship of the Mother Goddess in pre-Indo-European Turkey and Europe. A comprehensive explanation of decorative patterns, as important in its own way as the analysis of hieroglyphics. An excellent source book for artists and sculptors.
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I firmly believe this should be compulsory reading in high schools so that girls build a strong sense of self the same way that boys do so surrounded by the male historic and spiritual values of our modern society.

It is slightly frustrating, to say the least, that thousand year old civilisations centered around feminine spirituality have just disintegrated.
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Sometimes we read of how not all scholars agree with Marija Gimbutas' interpretation of the evolution of goddess belief and how, before the advent of the so called 'Heroic Age', religion was very much a goddess-centric 'woman thing'. The reason why so many of us continue to prefer her interpretations is because, unlike her critics, she is never dogmatic. She prefers to allow the artefacts to speak for themselves, as this work admirably illustrates.

'The Language of the Goddess' is a supreme example of how to compile and write a truly helpful and very usable reference work. All too often historical and archaeological works waffle and ramble in such a fashion that, when the reader wishes to access information concerning any particular event or individual, he/she must needs root out snippets in a variety of places. There's none of that in this work. It reminds me of a woman's neatly kept house where everything has its place and of how the man comes in and says he has lost something and is told by the house goddess: 'It's right there, just where you left it.'

Marija Gimbutas was an all time great woman to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude for her research work and refreshing outlook on the true origins of our religious beliefs and of how the self-regenerating womb of the universal Great Mother is a personification of how the universe truly works and makes infinitely more sense than does the 'Daddy in the Sky' concept. This work is labour of love and a real gem.+
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Thorough research about the oldest European artifacts -pot decorations, figurines, cave paintings - we have found on earth and conclusions about the cultures that have produced them. Lots of illustrations and b/w photos. The goddess theme in one of the themes that has been followed throughout the book.
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Gimbutas is an extrodenary woman who's research has made an enourmously difference on understanding woman in history and archaeology. I think her research is incredible important. She is a good writer, very educated and intelligent.
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