Ancient (Egalitarian) Societies, Modern (Women’s) Marches

Ancient (Egalitarian) Societies, Modern (Women’s) Marches January 24, 2018

Fisher1801aEvents today move quickly but they also have a “spirally through time” quality. I have been struck recently by the synchronicity of two recent developments: one reopening a nature-honoring and goddess centered interpretation of early cultures; and the other an upsurgence in our contemporary culture of women asserting their right to equal gender relations.

The first was a presentation recently at the University of Chicago by a prominent British archeologist concerning the inferences of recent DNA findings about the development of ancient Neolithic Europe. The second was the outpouring around the world this past weekend, and last January, of millions of women demonstrating for equality and social justice, supported by men and children who also attended these gatherings. Here’s what has been happening.

DNA Confirmation of Gimbutas’ Hypothesis

Those of us who believe in equal relationships among all peoples and the sacredness of Nature are also interested in ancient egalitarian cultures described by Marija Gimbutas, an accomplished archeologist. Dr. Gimbutas was the author of 20 books and more than 200 articles on European prehistory and folklore. She was an authority on the prehistoric incursions of Indo-European speaking people into Europe and how they changed society there.

Fisher1801bDr. Gimbutas assembled, classified, and interpreted some 2000 symbolic artifacts from the Neolithic Village sites of Europe. She analyzed patriarchal cultures and contrasted them to peaceful societies that her research revealed in Eastern Europe, Turkey, Malta and elsewhere. The UU Curriculum Cakes for the Queen of Heaven, first published by the UUA in 1986, and revised in 2007, introduced many of us to the work of Marija Gimbutas.

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  • JA Myer

    As a Goddess worshiper, I have known that “imprint” on my life for a long time. It is good to see Academia recognizing that in the beginning of all was She.

  • “Its people did not produce lethal weapons
    or build forts as their successors did, even when they were acquainted
    with metallurgy. ”

    1. They had spears and axes used for hunting and butchering. Therefore they had lethal weapons.

    2. Metallurgy was developed after the spread of the Indo-European languages and culture. Paleolithic by definition refers to stone tools.

  • The fundamental assumption of Judaism is “I will serve neither the gods nor the King, but I will serve myself in the name of God and the King.” Pagans would do well to recognize this as a terrorist manifesto and not a “theology.” Everyone who gets a copy of this document suddenly becomes, in his or her mind, more important than anyone else in the world whether scholar or Emperor – simply because they’ve read a fundamentally useless fraudulent document.

  • Elizabeth Fisher

    Thanks for the comment JA. Knowing what Dr. Gimbutas found was very empowering to me when I first heard about her work in the 1980s. It had the same impact on me.

  • Henry Buchy

    not only that, but consider the sarmatians, a kurgan building people, which are said to have been the source of the greek ‘amazons’. Not only did they have lethal weapons but are also considered by historians to have introduced heavily armoured calvary, ‘cataphracts’. also the word kurgan applies to any fortified structure, not necessarily just to graves. They were an Indo-Iranian peoples, yet they were an egalitarian society, and these were the peoples that Gimbutas suggested in her migrations into eastern europe.

  • Walter

    “[Her] conclusion was thought to be incorrect by some archeologists. . .who publically questioned her findings.” This phrasiing sounds like that is a bad thing! That is how science works, and tries to correct and refine theories as more facts are discovered and other theories are tested. This is a question of anthropology, not philosophy or theology.