Eisler’s best-known book is The Chalice and the Blade. She has written other important books I may mention as needed. Several of them have “partnership” in . Review: The Chalice and the Blade. Christine Hoff Kraemer. April 27, Riane Eisler’s The Chalice and the Blade was one of several books by feminist. Now with an updated epilogue celebrating the 30th anniversary of this groundbreaking and increasingly relevent book. “May be the most significant work publis.

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Everyone had what they needed and there was no gap between rich and poor like there is today. Or maybe it’s just because I live in Northern California Her case is blxde matter-of-fact case for the survival of the human race.

Even the snake, previously a sacred feminine totem, is shown in a completely new light.

A partnership society offers us a viable alternative. The writing in this book is clean and tight and erudite, just like all the feminist books I read back in the s were, and I find such scholarly works to be very appealing. Unfortunately, the hope filled vision she has for the future- really like the Star Trek, isn’t it?

View all 3 comments. We need another vision for the pessimistic ‘ humans are just greedy bastards by nature and that’s it’.

They had fertile land their art was pleasing to the eye. It comprises an authoritarian structure in both family and state or tribe, rigid male dominance, and a high degree of abuse and violence.

It seemed like the author just went too far and tried to draw the lines of comparison too much and in places where they didn’t belong. External links Twitter Facebook Discord.

This book was required reading for a workshop I attended on Starr Island for a Religious Education retreat sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association It changed my life as I began to understand and believe that there is an alternative to the Dominator model which most of our world has been living under for the last 4, years.


Nov 29, Suzanne rated it it was amazing. It shows that warfare and the war blase the sexes are neither divinely nor biologically ordained.

The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler: A Review by Christine Hoff Kraemer

Reflections on the Kurgan Theory of Marija Gimbutas. Oct 02, Brendan rated it liked it. Cambridge University Press, pp. This author is not anti-religion, just anti-hate. It is quite convincing that that early European human cultures were eusler more egalitarian and less war-like than the version of early human history that I learned in school. Nov 18, Alan rated it it was amazing. However, Eisler does not use the term ” patriarchy.

The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future by Riane Eisler

It’s not an easy book to read at the start – you have to get through the first pages before you get into what she’s telling you. Throughout the book she uses anecdotes and her own reasoning, as opposed to actual evidence, to support her theory that for thousands of years these female dominated societies ruled the world and everything was peachy. The Goddess was seen as the creator of all, the giver of birth. In the legends of old which were refashioned putting the male God on top and the Goddess in the lower position even humiliating, were used to control the society they had conquered.

This is more than an extreme stretch, especially if you’re talking about Paleolithic hunter-gatherers and early Neolithic peoples.

The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future (Updated With a New Epilogue)

The best part of this story is that when i went to get my haircut, the woman cutting my hair, a recent graduate of the Univ. For her stupidity both Adam and eve are sent out of the Garden of Eden or Sacred groves. Powered by SMF 1.

It entails a twofold look at the cultures of humankind. It provides verification that a better future is possible—and bladd in fact firmly rooted in the haunting dramas of what happened in our past. Views Read Edit View history. She can be contacted at center partnershipway. I picked it up and was immediately engrossed. She too has hope for the future. The Acheans were of Indo European stock who worshiped a warlike male god.


Quotes from The Chalice and t We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and will pour out drink offerings to her just as we and our ancestors, our kings and our officials did in the towns of Judah and chqlice the streets of Jerusalem. Is this book a history or a dream of what the author would like history to be? Caring companies do better. I read it because I know a number of people who claim this book fundamentally shaped their worldview and a number of others who don’t make that claim, but are certainly influenced by the popularity of Eisler’s ideas.

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The Chalice & the Blade: Highlights of International Impact

In this book, Eisler traces the tension between these two models, starting in prehistory. May 15, Bitsy rated it liked it Shelves: But candles, flowers, music, and wine are also the stuff of religious ritual, of our most sacred rites. Eisler reframes the age old idea of the ‘war between the sexes’ into something chaljce polarizing, yet more inclusive.

In eislee, some sites were occupied for thousands of years without any evidence of war. But, like secretive underground organizations can’t help but do in these stories, they left scattered through art and culture a sequence of coded and hidden clues for moderns to ferret out their true meanings.