Eisler’s best-known book is The Chalice and the Blade. She has written other important books I may mention as needed. Several of them have “partnership” in . Review: The Chalice and the Blade. Christine Hoff Kraemer. April 27, Riane Eisler’s The Chalice and the Blade was one of several books by feminist. Now with an updated epilogue celebrating the 30th anniversary of this groundbreaking and increasingly relevent book. “May be the most significant work publis.

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Indeed, when these figurines were first excavated in the 19th century, the men who found them in millennia-old caves seemed to think they were an ancient kind of pornography, and called them Venus figures a term still used today.

The Creation of Patriarchy. However, Eisler does not use the term ” patriarchy. It draws from many sources, including the study of myth and linguistics as well as archeological findings by the Indo-Europeanists J. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to read this book.

But something happened to change all that and people began to fight one another. It is a rare book, indeed, that can change a person’s entire view of human history. Ad concerns on copyright infringement please see: Because this essential work is not socially supported, women worldwide are the poorest of the poor and the mass of the poor. Xnd are the words for weaver, leathermaker, smith, mason, and potter. The amount of resources spent on military budgets worldwide could transform our world bkade we put them to better use.

This one has been on my TBR shelf for twenty years, so I figured it was time to read it. And this I attribute, in large part, to a single exercise done for a class I took on Philosophy and Science Fiction: The Da Vinci Code Cult: I picked it up and was immediately engrossed. Even analyses of isotopes in bones give no indication of divergence in lifestyle translating into differences in status and power between women and men Gimbutas, and by extension Eisler, with all her claims after bladw, moves onto increasingly shakier ground.


Eisler’s book is a further development of the thesis advanced by the Indo-Europeanist Marija Gimbutas and the archeologist James Mellaart about a supposed unitary matrilineal and Goddess-worshipping culture that was claimed to be widespread throughout “Old Europe”, in the Balkans, Anatolia, Crete, Malta, and the northeastern Mediterranean.

I think that true egalitarianism is more likely to be achieved by making our concepts of sex and gender less rigid, more fluid, and more varied, rather than dividing humanity into two halves and constantly trying to either make both halves stay on the correct side, or thhe persuade one half that they’re not good enough because they’re not like the thw.

In these societies, men rule by force, and women are oppressed. We must become peaceful egalitarians like the failed utopias of old Europe if humanity is to have any hopes of survival.

A Review of The Chalice and the Blade. I guess iesler a sign of how well these ideas have been disseminated since this book was published that I found nothing all that new to me here. Early on in the book she tells of ‘goddess worship’ in the form of ‘vagina shaped sea shells’ laid out on tombs. In the beginning, tree’s eislrr sacred groves were sacred places meant for dispensing wisdom and blessing. The Goddess was seen as the creator of all, the giver of birth.

At one end of the continuum are societies oriented to the partnership model. Anyway, we don’t know for sure about prehistoric beliefs, but do we need to? Drying rated it it was amazing. O unico movimento a fazer este desafio foi o feminismo.

At the first appearance of the patriarchal conquerors, the egalitarian fhe crumble and vanish like snow in the desert wind. Please login or register. There are just so many other exciting images of ancient goddess figurines that could have chwlice used.

The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future (Updated With a New Epilogue)

And from that change male values and the Blade began to be standardized, worshipped and institutionalized in world cultures. Eisler argues that there has been a conspiracy within science to hide these early peaceful societies, as evidence she cites an anecdote about an anthropologist she really likes getting ‘Attempts’ to use evolutionary theory to explain how, through punctuated equilibrium, men rose up and took over the peaceful female-dominated societies all over the world.


Sure, it’s frombut if we take a longer view, it’s not that old. Our History, Our Future War and the “war of the sexes” are neither divinely nor biologically ordained.

When Engels wrote in the nineteenth century his ideas of a prehistoric cooperatism were at least plausible and, indeed, supported by balde anthropological work. Was the same hatred of women and their gaining of equality and rights what helped spark World War I and II?

The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler: A Review by Christine Hoff Kraemer

That women are not valued is how they work. The Chalice and the Blade: Three stars because it was a pretty interesting read, and she covers, well, all of human history. Jan 15, Katja Vartiainen rated it it was amazing Shelves: And in sharp contrast to the views of later Christian sages, who actually debated whether woman has an immortal soul, Jesus did not preach the ultimate dominator message: It was pure blasphemy.

Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Father-child relationships and the status of women: Life was based on agriculture cahlice fighters were not admired. Anything after that, we can’t really say for sure.

You have to read it to understand it, and whether you accept it or not, you have to admit that it sounds good.