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Chalice and the Blade, The

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The Chalice and the Blade is one of those magnificent key books that can transform us and initiate fundamental changes in the world. With the most passionate eloquence, Riane Eisler proves that the dream of peace is not an impossible utopia.

The Chalice and the Blade tells a new story of our cultural origins. It shows that warfare and the war of the sexes are neither divinely nor biologically ordained. It provides verification that a better future is possible—and is in fact firmly rooted in the haunting dramas of what happened in our past. Bringing together recent discoveries in archaeology with evidence from art, religion, anthropology, sociology, politics, and economics, this national bestseller reveals astounding new knowledge of our past - and potential future. Maps and charts.

"The Chalice and the Blade: the most important book since the Origin of the Species."      ~Ashley Montagu, Princeton Anthropologist

"As important, perhaps more important, than the unearthing of Troy or the deciphering of cuneiform."      ~Bruce Wilshire, Professor of philosophy, Rutgers University

"Validates a belief in humanity's capacity for benevolence and cooperation in the face of so much destruction."     ~San Francisco Chronicle


"These cave sanctuaries, figurines, burials, and rites all seem to have been related to a belief that the same source from which human life springs is also the source of all vegetable and animal life—the great Mother Goddess or Giver of All we still find in later periods of Western civilization. They also suggest that our early ancestors recognized that we and our natural environment are integrally linked parts of the great mystery of life and death and that all nature must therefore be treated with respect. This consciousness—later emphasized in Goddess figurines either surrounded by natural symbols such as animals, water, and trees or themselves partly animal—evidently was central to our lost psychic heritage. Also central to that lost heritage is the apparent awe and wonder at the great miracle of our human condition: the miracle of birth incarnated in woman's body. Judging from these early psychic records, this was a central theme of prehistoric Western systems of belief.

Now what we have been developing to this point is still not the view of many scholars. Nor is it the view still taught in most survey classes about the origins of civilization. For here, as in most popularized writings on the subject, there still prevail the preconceptions of earlier scholars who saw Paleolithic art in terms of the conventional stereotype of 'primitive man': bloodthirsty, warlike hunters, in fact very unlike some of the most primitive gathering-hunting societies discovered in modern times."

Author Eisler, Riane
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 271 pp.
Publisher HarperCollins 1988
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