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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Chalice and the Blade: The legacy of the sacred feminine.

The Chalice and the Blade tells a new story of our cultural origins. It shows that warfare and the war of the sexes are neither divinely nor biologically ordained. It provides verification that a better future is possible—and is in fact firmly rooted in the haunting dramas of what happened in our past.


The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future by Riane Eisler

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Does this include info on the Inquistition? See 1 question about The Chalice and the Blade…. Lists with This Book. Apr 03, Megan rated it liked it Shelves: Three stars because it was a pretty interesting read, and she covers, well, all of human history. I read it because I know a number of people who claim this book fundamentally shaped their worldview and a number of others who don’t make that claim, but are certainly influenced by the popularity of Eisler’s ideas.

The first half is in large part a summary and popularizing of the work of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas, who argues that before the spread of Indo-European civilization there existed a Three stars because it was a pretty interesting read, and she covers, well, eisleer of human history.

The first half is in large part a summary and popularizing of the work of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas, who argues that before the spread of Indo-European civilization there existed a matrifocal [NOT matriarchal: Gimbutas is a highly controversial figure in archaeology, and I tried to wade a bit into the debate around her by reading a number of articles, to better weigh Eisler’s argument.

Anything after that, we can’t really say for sure.

Gimbutas, and by extension Eisler, with all her claims after those, moves onto increasingly shakier ground. Eisler sees the main theme throughout history as “the struggle between so-called feminine and fiane values” That “so-called” is oddly placed, because it’s clear that Eisler sees women as the bearers of the peaceful virtues; men are “regressive and violent” unless they submit to a feminine value system.


Which made me realize why I also have trouble believing her claims about a women-oriented peaceful society. I think that true egalitarianism is more likely to be achieved by making our caliiz of sex and gender less rigid, more fluid, and more varied, rather than dividing humanity into two czliz and constantly trying to espadda make both halves stay on the correct side, or to persuade one half that they’re not good enough because they’re not eiselr the other.

And this I attribute, in large part, laa a single exercise done for a class I took on Philosophy and Science Fiction: We had to write a story in which Carl Sagan’s Pioneer plaque see it at http: Apr 29, Wendy Babiak rated it it was amazing Shelves: Helps clarify how we got where we are, and where we can go if we want to.

Those who brush this off as feminazi aren’t reading well. She reiterates many times that there are gentle men and less-than-gentle women. Nor does she say that the Neolithic matrifocal societies were uptopias with no problems, just that they focused on nurturing rather than destruction.

Her ideas about a gylanic society based on linking rather than ranking are excellent and should be pursued. May 07, Nebuchadnezzar rated it did not like it Shelves: Not in a million years should The Chalice and the Blade be considered a work of feminism or competent scholarship in general. Indeed, it is, in fact, widely rejected by even feminist archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians.

Many of Eisler’s arguments are recycled from the later work of Marija Gimbutaswho claimed that Paleolithic and Neolithic “Venus” statuettes and figurines were representations of a “Mother Goddess. There is no Not in a million years should The Chalice and the Blade be considered a work of feminism or competent scholarship in general. There is no consensus as to eislre the figures represented, but the claims reiterated by Eisler are just about the least likely explanation.

It would require a near-monolithic religion to be present over tens of thousands of years, multiple continents, and through the agricultural revolution. This is more lw an extreme stretch, especially if you’re talking dspada Paleolithic hunter-gatherers and early Neolithic peoples.

Furthermore, many of the figurines are of indeterminate gender. Even worse, many of the “Snake Goddess” statues and other artifacts from Crete were either forgeries or tampered with during caliiz.

Shoddy scholarship such as this works to undermine legitimate revisionism, which may then be more easily written off as New Age crackpottery. It has certainly provided many anti-feminist writers with an easy straw woman to knock down. For more, see the review in Arizona Anthropologist Grindell Lynn Meskell’s evisceration of the goddess hypothesis: Forgeries of “Minoan” artifacts Lapatin Jul 28, Steve Cran rated it it was amazing.

During the Neolithic times our world was a much different place. The evidence is present not only in our technology but also of the presence of certain statues all over Europe. They are called Venus statues.

They were misjudged at first and archaeologists thought they were used for lustful purposes. Well they were wrong the statues were used to worship the Goddess. The Goddess was seen as the creator of all, the giver of birth. There was a male consort who co -ruled with her. In those times heri During the Neolithic times our world was a much different place.


In those times heritability was passed matrilineally going down mother through daughter. In those days men and women shared power and responsibility. Life was based on agriculture and fighters were not admired. Everyone had what they needed and there was no gap between rich and poor ep there is today.

This was the time of the chalice. When the Earth was bountiful. But something happened to change all that and people began to fight one another. It was a time of the blade. Crete which was the seat of Minoan civilization. Greek philosopher called these people divine. They had fertile land their art was pleasing to the eye. Violent kings were not worshiped. There were no weapon or art scenes glorifying violence. There was a queen running the rspada as evidenced by their elaborate tombs.

,a form of governments was called Gilany. Which meant partnership between man and women. This would change with the coming off the Acheans who stormed their island and took it over. It is believed that most of the men were killed and the women were kept on as slaves and wives. The Acheans were of Indo European stock who worshiped a warlike male god. Originally they were nomads who had no agricultural skills to speak of. Crete was one of the lat places to fall.

The warlike Indo-Europeans took over practically all of Europe and abolished the Gilany life style in favor of Andocracy. Andocracy is male dominated system of ranking people through coercion of violence. The power elite takes all the privilege for themselves.

In this system the Goddess is subdued. The Kurgans were the ones who over ran Europe. Yet despite their best efforts they could not keep the Goddess and her enlightened ways down.

In the legends of old which were refashioned putting the male God on top and the Goddess in the lower position even humiliating, were used to control the society they had conquered. All across Europe and the Levant women lost their positions of power.

Priestess and oracles were abolished. In Sumerian Legend and later Biblical legend the Goddess under went a transformation. In the beginning, tree’s or sacred groves were sacred places meant for dispensing wisdom and blessing. The snake was a healing rianne. All this got turned on it’s head. Now the women tempted by the evil serpent is tricked into eating of the tree of knowledge. For her stupidity both Adam and eve are sent out of the Garden of Eden or Sacred groves.