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