Creative inspiration for moving the future of humankind toward a new era of partnership -- Presents this classic visionary synthesis in a new, abridged, accessible form Combining original theory with the work of other noted scholars, Riane Eisler creates an expansive look into prehistoric times, when Goddess religions flourished. She powerfully ...Read MoreCreative inspiration for moving the future of humankind toward a new era of partnership -- Presents this classic visionary synthesis in a new, abridged, accessible form Combining original theory with the work of other noted scholars, Riane Eisler creates an expansive look into prehistoric times, when Goddess religions flourished. She powerfully reconstructs the Goddess culture and the global shift to patriarchy, drawing evidence from literature, art, sociology, archeology, politics, and economics. The result is a startling synthesis of prehistory, history, present, and future -- a radical and convincing view of the human condition. In selections made and read by the author herself, The Chalice and the Blade presents new scripts for living -- based on a more socially, economically, ecologically, personally, and spiritually balanced society rather than on the tension and violence typical of what Eisler calls the dominator model. Her vision is the partnership model, which today is struggling to reemerge. These tapes are an important contribution to that struggle. "Some books are like revelations, they open the spirit to unimaginable possibilities. The Chalice and the Blade is one of these magnificent key books that can transform us". -- Isabel Allende "The most important book since Darwin's Origin of Species". -- Ashley Montagu "Eisler's...synthesis...is an important contribution to social history". -- Publishers WeeklyRead Less
If you want to understand why men dominate our species - and discover what it was like in pre-history - you must read this book!
We are probably doomed (along with the planet). But perhaps Eisler's work will lead us to salvation.
Mar 12, 2009
IT'S NOT WHAT YOU MAY THINK
No, this isn't a book about the Knights Templar, though the title may mislead you to thinking that it is. Rather, the author discusses new possibilities to mankind's origins. She has brought together data from various disciplines - art, archaeology, history, religion and so on - to rethink the "Mars vs Venus" concept of human sexual coexistence.
Sep 16, 2007
Chalice and Blade shifted understanding of history
This book came out in 1987, and was quickly hailed as a revelation. It changed the way we understood history. Early in this volume, Eisler points out that the most striking thing about Neolithic art is what it does not depict. We have no images ?idealizing armed might, cruelty, and violence.? The Neolithic goddess-worshipping societies have not lavish chieftain burials either. And no one is buried with their slaves or other human sacrifices. The goddess cultures worshipped the power to give life rather the power to take life. Whether future excavations bear her out or not, she pictures an astonishingly peaceful world among the Cretans, Myceneans and Sumerians, as well as in the mythical Atlantis and Garden of Eden. Huge ancient cities sat on open plains with no fences or walls around them. Eisler's passion for her subject is undeniable and has inspired thousands to a new way of living.
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