Monday, May 28, 2007


If you haven’t already, you’ll want to lay your hands on a copy of Jacques Cauvin’s The Birth of the Gods and the Origins of Agriculture, 2002, Cambridge U. Press.

Archaeologist Jacques Cauvin, who studied the Near Eastern Neolithic for twenty years, was crystal clear: a Great Mother Goddess reigned supreme in this area during the entire Neolithic (which lasted in the Near East from about 10,000 to about 5000 BC):

Throughout the total duration of the Neolithic across the whole of the Near and Middle East, a unique ‘ideology’ is found …, organized around two key symbols: one, female, has already taken human form. Can she perhaps be derived from the first female statuettes known in the Upper Paleolithic of Europe and spread as far as Siberia? [many Paleolithic people too created goddess figurines].”
Cauvin is firm: this is not just any old goddess, but a Great Guiding Goddess:

“[S]he was not a ‘fertility symbol’ but a genuine mythical personality, conceived as a supreme being and universal mother, in other words a goddess who crowned a religious system which one could describe as ‘female monotheism’ in the sense that all the rest remained subordinated to her” (Cauvin 2002: 31).
Hm. I suspect the French have finally had enough of the slimy little English-speaking archaeologists and theologians tripping over themselves to deny the ancient prehistoric Great Goddess.
Thnx to Stewart Bremmer for the foto

1 comment:

Aquila ka Hecate said...

Hahahaha! I love the French.

They're well known for not liking the rules and reg.s laid down by mainstream institutions-good for this bloke!

I'm going to hunt the author down and kiss him.
Terri in Joburg