The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth Paperback – Illustrated, May 27 1987
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- ASIN : 0062507915
- Publisher : HarperOne; 2nd ed. edition (May 27 1987)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780062507914
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062507914
- Item weight : 830 g
- Dimensions : 15.54 x 3.73 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #50,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I loved the way the authors articulated the importance of the unpaid work women do, and how much our entire global economy depends on it.
This work is not only historical, it is current, prescient, and brilliant. It is crucial to our time, and should be mandated reading for everyone. If only we could make that happen!
"Because the enemy does not exist in space, but in time; four thousand years ago. We are about to destroy each other and the world, because of profound mistakes made in Bronze Age patriarchal ontology -- mistakes about the nature of being, about the nature of human being in the world."
Touching on *quantum physics*, the authors create a spiral of hope that defies the statement that we are calling for a *return* to a time that no longer exists, but to a time that cannot be destroyed because it is organic and essential to the survival of this planet and the people She embraces.
I loved the author's use of words, too, she does not limit her vocabulary or "talk down" to her readers, but she does not talk over their heads either. She knows what she is talking about and it would behoove us all to listen.
After all, "People who put in two-thirds of the world's working hours and receive in return one-tenth of the world's income should have something to say about the idea that hard work equals wealth. ... The bitter truth is, under four thousand years of patriarchal 'exploit-for-profit' economics, the women of the world have worked long and hard, often under the worst necrophilic conditions, to keep the human race minimally alive. In return, we receive mostly dismal statistics signifying not reward, but rip-off."
The only drawback of this book is that once you read it, once you *get* it, you will never be the same again. And if more people *don't* read it, those who *do* get it are going to be very lonely and hard to live with people. Evolution is a lonely path. Let's walk the journey together, shall we?
But this is a minor point. I think Sjoo/Mors book is one of the important books in the 20th century. You could argue with it, dislike parts of it, but if you are seriously interested in finding alternatives to patriarchal society and religion you must read it!
In my quest to educate myself in my chosen spiritual path, I discovered that the Matriarchal Prehistory movement was based on speculation, not fact. Surprisingly, I would recall proponents of this theory saying things like "before written history, society was centered around women." Well, there's the clue. This theory was not based on journals or diaries of women living during a time of matriarchal rule, but on archeological evidence that has been interpreted to compliment radical feminism. Again, while not all written documentation can be relied upon as unbiased or accurate, private journals and such are usually more reliable.
What is being present in this book as fact is in reality THEORY. A rather nice theory, but a theory nevertheless. Is is true? Who knows. But it is not proven historical fact. All anthropologists and social theorists have to work with are some female figurines and other assorted artwork. Those female figurines, while currently being hailed as goddess representations, may really be pornographic figures. We just don't know.
Enjoy the book but remember that this work is based on theory passed off as fact.
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Inspirational visionary artist.
Inspirational woman ..
A must for any woman who wants to reconnect to her own true identity. .
Sit up and take note ..
You can do !
What ever the obstacle..