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    DescriptionThe Goddess is the most potent and persistent feature in the archaeological records of the ancient world. She was a symbol of the unity of life in nature, and the personification of all that was sacred and mysterious on Earth. Here, in this pioneering and provocative volume, Marija Gimbutas resurrects the world of Goddess-worshipping, earth-centred cultures, bringing ancient matriarchal society vividly to life. She interweaves comparative mythology, early historical sources, linguistics, ethnography and folklore to demonstrate conclusively that Goddess-worship is at the root of Western civilization. Illustrated with nearly 2000 symbolic artifacts - sculptures, figurines, temple models, frescos, vases, sacrificial containers - Gimbutas' magnum opus is at once a 'pictorial script' of the prehistoric Goddess religion and an authoritative work that takes these ancient cultures from the realm of speculation into that of documented fact.


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    Title
    The Language of the Goddess
    Subtitle
    Unearthing the Hidden Symbols of Western Civilization
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marija Gimbutas, Foreword by Joseph Campbell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 424
    Width: 183 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 930 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780500282496
    ISBN 10: 0500282498
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25520
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.5
    BIC E4L: HIS
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: AGR
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JFHF
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    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    DC21: 291.2114
    BISAC V2.8: REL017000
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    BISAC V2.8: SOC028000
    BIC subject category V2: HDA
    DC22: 291.0420936
    Thema V1.0: JBGB, AGR, NKA
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Imprint name
    Thames & Hudson Ltd
    Publication date
    26 February 2001
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Marija Gimbutas was professor of European archaeology at UCLA. She wrote over twenty books, including Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe.
    Review quote
    "'Gimbutas has not only prepared a fundamental glossary of pictorial keys to the mythology of the otherwise undocumented era of European prehistory, but has established the main themes of a religion in veneration both of the universe as a living body of Goddess-Mother Creatrix and of all the living things within it as partaking in her divinity' - from the foreword by Joseph Campbell"