With the most passionate eloquence, Riane Eisler proves that the “The Chalice and the Blade may be the most significant work published in all our lifetimes.”. The Chalice and the Blade (ISBN ) is a book by Riane Eisler that purports to explain the origin of “patriarchy” as the result of. 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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Not in a million years should The Chalice and the Blade be considered a work of feminism or competent scholarship in general. We have the technology to feed, clothe, and house people, but eisleg long as we surrender to the dominator model, resources will continue to be concentrated in the hands of the few while the many suffer from need and lack.

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 tne The Pomegranate 10, Autumn, yhe Eisler is the source of Dan Brown ‘s notion that Jesus was “the original feminist” [5] and that originally Christians worshipped the “sacred feminine” and the “lost goddess” based on the “symbolism of the Chalice and the Blade”. This book also helps me feel better preprared to talk about and debate the issue and advocate for that better future.

In these tales, the Aryans always retain their superhuman qualities. But there was no such place left in their new world. The new insight and the new worldview you will anv about the history of god and goddess worshiping cultures makes it worth it. Eisler, as has for example Joseph Campbell, emphasizes how important the myth is to our evolution as a species and as a person.

The Chalice & the Blade: Highlights of International Impact

This was the time of the chalice. There are still visible–buried in the Hebrew scriptures–many references to this previous culture: Sex, Myth, and the Politics of the Body Spiritual courage is acting on our human impulse to reach out to others, to help eksler, to challenge injustice – not out of hate, but out of love. Our language and current modes of thinking clearly aren’t set up for this. Creating a Caring Economics.


As we hurtle into the 21st century, we spend unthinkable amounts of eislsr coming with better ways to kill each other.

Those parts were a little uncomfortable to read eksler. Academies set up that taught women equally with men. Apr 03, Megan rated it liked it Shelves: University of California Press.

At least some of the societies in the area — which varied quite a bit thanks to the variety of the terrain — were hellish stockade towns, armed and militarily competent if nothing else, in which short-lived slaves worked arsenical bronze.

At that time we had plenty of food and were well off and suffered no harm. The Kurgans were the chalicd who over ran Europe. 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. These days we even have science to back up that altruism benefits the human mental and physical health AND the society. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page.

Only an economy that values caring for people and nature can.

Apr 08, Dave rated it really liked it. A lot of history starts to make sense once you read the beginning chapters of this book. Or maybe it’s just because I live in Northern California We must become peaceful egalitarians like the failed utopias of old Europe if humanity is to have any hopes of survival.

The Acheans adopted thee ways of the people they conquered. The Chalice and The Blade: In contrast to earlier studies of society, this method concerns what kinds of social systems support the human capacity for consciousness, caring, and creativity, or conversely for insensitivity, cruelty, and destructiveness.

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Open Preview See a Problem? These categories transcend conventional categories such as ancient vs. This book is poorly written, Ms. This would change with the coming off the Acheans who stormed their island and took it over.

There are just so many other exciting images of ancient goddess figurines that could have been used. Would we see so much degradation and despoliation of people and nature, so much poverty and injustice, so much suffering and environmental destruction? Starting about 10, years ago, and continuing for a period of about 30 centuries, widespread European, Mediterranean, and Mesopotamian peaceful communities of settled humans, revering goddesses of fertility, flourished.


Our history clearly how blde forces of war, colonialism, nationalism and greed have shaped the world as we know it.

Lack of proof is not disproof. As do the demonization and subjugation of women taught in our culture and reinforced by our preeminent religious tradition. To ask other readers questions about The Chalice and the Bladeplease sign up.

I dived into the debate that has, and is going on online, and I eislwr yet read Gimbutas’s work. I found this book to be more a work of speculative fiction than the cultural anthropology that it pretends to be. Eisler spoon feeds readers her opinions chwlice are poorly veiled as facts, ejsler writing lacks style, and for a history it lacks what it needs: As we all know, women would never consider such an atrocity.

Community Saloon bar To do list What vhalice going on? One place in which the secret goddess worshippers dropped their hints was in Gnostic Christianitywhere it attached itself to the figure of Mary Magdalene as she appears in the gnostic Gospels.

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These people were the nomads of the Eurasian steppes who anv tamed horses and built the blaade wheeled vehicles. Just be prepared to switch gears once she gets beyond her realm of expertise as she does stumble in the last few chapters, and by the end finds that while this new understanding can change how we view our past not even she can come eiselr with a way for it to help guide our future.

And too many readers don’t get that far.