Gentlemen and Amazons
The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory, 1861–1900
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of California Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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...7. Struggling to Stay Alive: Anthropology and Matriarchal Myth 1628. Matriarchal Myth in the Late Nineteenth Century: Why Th en? ...
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...1. A fi ft eenth- century depiction of Amazons from Th e Nuremberg 3. François Marie Charles Fourier, French utopian socialist 329. Herbert Spencer, British pop u lar izer of social Darwinism 8514. Friedrich Engels, longtime collaborator with Karl Marx 10624. Eleanor Marx- Aveling, socialist activist and daughter of Karl Marx 165...
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I like to tell my daughter that I’ve been working on this book her entire lifetime, and in one sense, that’s true. I’ve paused from this research at numerous points to take on other projects, but the history of matriarchal myth has been the guid-I teach my world religions students that according to the Buddhist worldview, everything is connected: wherever you pick up the fabric of the universe, the ...
1 The Travels and Travails of Matriarchal Myth
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In 2003, Dan Brown became an overnight success and a media sensation with the publication of Th e Da Vinci Code. Th e novel is formulaic: a thriller. Before the reader can adjust her chaise longue and slather on her sunscreen, our hero, Dr. Robert Langdon, is falsely accused of a heinous crime at the world- famous Louvre Museum in Paris. A beautiful, intelligent Frenchwoman— Sophie Neveu— appears ...
2 Amazons Everywhere: Matriarchal Myth before Bachofen
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Th e gynococracy or government of women was quite universally spread for it existed not only among the Scythians, Sarmatians and Amazons in par-tic u lar but it occurred in both Asias where the warlike women who had been their mistresses had set the style for all the women living under their empire of making themselves rulers over their husbands although they ...
3 On the Launching Pad: J. J. Bachofen and ‘Das Mutterrecht’
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I propose to investigate all aspects of matriarchal culture, to disclose its diverse traits and the fundamental idea which unites them. In this way I hope to restore the picture of a cultural stage which was overlaid or totally Bachofen has been described by one of his twentieth- century disciples, Berta Eckstein- Diener, as a “soft , corpulent Basler patrician with a wonderful, half- ...
4 The Matriarchal Explosion: Anthropology Finds Mother Right (and Itself )
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All the evidence we have goes to show that men were from the beginning gregarious. Th e geological record distinctly exhibits them in groups— naked hunters or feeders upon shell fi sh leading a precarious life of squalid misery. . . . As among other gregarious animals, the unions of the sexes were probably in the earliest times, loose, transitory, and in some degree ...
5 Making Matriarchal Myth Work:Communists and Feminists Discover the Mother Age
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Th is rediscovery of the primitive matriarchal gens as the earlier stage of the patriarchal gens of civilized peoples has the same importance for anthro-pology as Darwin’s theory of evolution has for biology and Marx’s theory of surplus value has for po liti cal economy. . . . Th e matriarchal gens has become the pivot on which the whole science turns; since its discovery we ...
6 Mother Right on the Continent
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We are on very good ground to argue that the Germanic tribes had the mother right, no matter what the other arguments are. . . . Either the Ger-mans themselves or their ancestors at one point did not acknowledge any At the same time that socialists and fi rst- wave feminists were experimenting with the po liti cal uses of matriarchal myth, its popularity within anthropology ...
7 Struggling to Stay Alive: Anthropology and Matriarchal Myth
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Many learned men are too much disposed to seek for the explanation of a given custom in conditions of former times which have now perhaps dis-appeared. It is certain that customs persist by the force of habit, even when the conditions which fi rst gave birth to them have long ceased to exist; yet it is scarcely necessary to remark that this appeal to early times can only ...
8 Matriarchal Myth in the Late Nineteenth Century: Why Then? Why Not Before?
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Nothing, perhaps, gives a more instructive insight into the true condition of savages than their ideas on the subject of relationship and marriage; nor can the great advantages of civilisation be more conclusively proved than by the improvement which it has already eff ected in the relation between It is a matter of historical record that in the early 1900s, matriarchal myth lost ...
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...1. At the beginning of the novel, Langdon has just completed a lecture on “pagan symbolism hidden in the stones of Chartres Cathedral” (Brown, Da Vinci Code, 9).4. Ibid., 113. Brown claims that the Priory of Sion was a real or ga ni za tion whose mem-bers included Isaac Newton, Sandro Botticelli, Victor Hugo, and Leonardo da Vinci. But most of his “information” about the Priory of Sion seems to draw on the thought and ...
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Adler, Margot. Drawing Down the Moon: Witches, Druids, Goddess- Worshippers, and Aeschylus. Eumenides. Translated and edited by Alan H. Sommerstein. Cambridge: ———. Th e Oresteian Trilogy. Translated by Philip Vellacott. Hammandsworth, UK: Pen-Allen, Ann Taylor. Feminism and Motherhood in Germany, 1800– 1914. New Brunswick, ———. Feminism and Motherhood in Western Eu rope, 1890– 1970. New York: Palgrave ...
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Christianity, 1– 4, 11– 12, 19– 20, 55, 65, 75, 112, 120, “savages,” 9, 21, 27, 30, 66– 68, 75– 76, 82– 83, 101, ...
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Page Count: 290
Publication Year: 2011