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TOTD 17 Sep 2001

Archaeology as a profession only began in earnest in the last [19th] century and has been dominated since its inception by Caucasian Christian males. With a patronizing arrogance characteristic of Victorian times, these early pioneers usually dismissed the plentiful female statues as relics of a minor "fertility cult." The idea that there was once a time when the newly settled world prayed to a Goddess was simply too fanciful for serious consideration.

-Leonard Shlain, The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image

Whenever you rediscover the goddess, what you're really rediscovering is the creative power of the community and of the individual.

-Matthew Fox

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saint_monkey
Sep. 17th, 2001 11:06 am (UTC)
i for one, have always worshipped women.
kmo
Sep. 17th, 2001 02:56 pm (UTC)
I find that quite easy to believe.
venusflytrap
Sep. 17th, 2001 02:45 pm (UTC)
I like Shlain. I am reading his "Art and Physics: Parallel visions in space, time and light" now.
kmo
Sep. 17th, 2001 03:00 pm (UTC)
Hi Venus,

I haven't read Shlain's Art & Physics book, but if it's anywhere near as well thought out as "Alphabet vs Goddess" I'm sure it's well worth reading.

I was thinking of heading to NYC this weekend for a couple of parties, but I don't want to wrestle with the air travel system just yet, and I know I'm not ready to see the mutilated skyline. I'll be heading that way before too long, though. Are you and CRV still in the area?
venusflytrap
Sep. 17th, 2001 07:39 pm (UTC)
Yea..we are still here. No, you dont want to go to NYC now...heart breaking...Air travel will probably be safer than you'd imagine after the latest attack. Fall colours in 2 weeks here...:)

If you are planning on coming to the East coast, do drop me a mail re details.....
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