Book Title: Lost Goddesses of Early Greece: A Collection of Pre-Hellenic Myths|
The author of the book: Charlene Spretnak
ISBN 13: 9780807013434
Edition: Beacon Press
Date of issue: August 3rd 1992
Format files: PDF
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I wouldn't normally pick this up but Jennifer Reif used it as a source for Mysteries of Demeter which I am reading.
Call # BL782.S66 1992
In this book, Spretnak claims that before northern "barbarians" invaded Greece, idyllic matriarchal civilizations worshipped Greek goddesses. Then the awful warlike men demoted the peaceful mother goddesses and distorted the original mythology.
She includes myths about Gaia, Pandora, Themis, Hera, Artemis, Selene, Hecate, Athena, Demeter and Persephone. She says the myths are based on research about the goddesses, but since there is limited information she took some "poetic license". Spretnak said she didn't footnote them as it would take away from the power of the myths. Right, sure. Some of the stories are kind of pretty and might be spiritually inspiring but I wish I knew more of where she was getting her ideas.
I think matriarchal theorists take things to one extreme and those that reject them take it to another. I do think some ancient cultures were more *egalitarian (not matriarchal) before becoming patriarchal, I don't buy that they exclusively worshipped goddesses.
Real feminism is not about denigrating men or on a spiritual level male deities while women and goddesses are promoted above them.
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Charlene Spretnak has been intrigued throughout her life as a writer, speaker, and activist with dynamic interrelatedness. She has written nine books on various subjects in which interrelatedness plays a central role, including its expression in the arts. She is particularly interested in 21st-century discoveries indicating that the physical world, including the human bodymind, is far more dynamically interrelated than modernity had assumed. Such discoveries are currently causing a “relational shift” in our institutions and systems of knowledge, as she suggests in Relational Reality (2011). Several of her books have also proposed a "map of the terrain" of emergent social-change movements and an exploration of the issues involved. She has helped to create an eco-social frame of reference and vision in the areas of social criticism (including feminism), cultural history, and religion and spirituality. Since the mid-1980s, her books have examined the multiple crises of modernity and furthered the corrective efforts that are arising. Her book Green Politics was a major catalyst for the formation of the U.S. Green Party movement, of which she is a cofounder. Her book The Resurgence of the Real was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the Best Books of 1997. In 2006 Charlene Spretnak was named by the British government's Environment Department as one of the "100 Eco-Heroes of All Time." In 2012 she received the Demeter Award for lifetime achievement as "one of the premier visionary feminist thinkers of our time" from the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology. She is a professor emerita in philosophy and religion.
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