It is with great pleasure that I open up the room to a guest post today. Welcome to Linnea Tanner! Linnea is an intriguing writer who pens blog posts and books about history, mythology and more. Here is her guest post about the re-examination of human history for gender roles.
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To understand the present and the alternative pathways for future social evolution, we must re-examine human history to understand how religion supports and perpetuates the social order it reflects. Earlier ancient legends spoke of a more harmonious and peaceful age that the ancient Greek poet, Hesiod, wrote of as “a golden race” who tilled the soil in “peaceful ease” before a “lesser race” brought in their god of war. These legends tell of a time when women and men lived together harmoniously in partnership.
Today, many of us view these legends as fantasy. But did this Golden Age actually exist?
The Chalice and the Blade, written by Riane Eisler, provides a new perspective, based on piecing together ancient art, archaeology, religion, mythology, social science, and historical records, that the current presupposition that women are dependent and secondary to man has not always been divinely ordained.
World of the Goddess
Archaeological findings and mythology point to an era where our prehistoric ancestors worshipped the Goddess. Neolithic art portrays a rich array of symbols from nature that is associated with the worship of the Goddess and attests to the awe and wonder of the beauty and mystery of life. Everywhere—in mural, statues, and votive figures—there is the image of the divine Mother cradling her child. In the shrines of the Neolithic settlement of Catal Huyak (approximately 7000 BC), female figurines were found near the shrines.