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With the most passionate eloquence, Riane Eisler proves that the “The Chalice and the Blade may be the most significant work published in all our lifetimes.”. The Chalice and the Blade (ISBN ) is a book by Riane Eisler that purports to explain the origin of “patriarchy” as the result of. 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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Still, it’s worth the risk. I think this book is a rhe paradigm. To hear about the research and archaeological work on these sites, the fact that they had paved roads, irrigation systems, drainage systems, and probably lived in better and cleaner cities than some people in third and fourth world countries today can boast of, eight thousand years before the birth of Christ was absolutely stunning to read about. Right now things are horrible under this andocratic system.

And too many readers don’t get that far. The author also warns us against viewing history as black and white, but within her own view of ancient societies she paints Matriarchal societies only as peaceful and Iesler societies only as warlike.

In those times heri During the Neolithic times our world was a much different place. The Da Vinci Code Cult: I remember the line: Secret organizations that want to be discovered apparently act like Batman villains.

Now the women tempted by the evil serpent is tricked into eating of the tree of knowledge. We have a partnership alternative with deep roots in the earlier direction of our cultural evolution — not a utopia, but a way of structuring society in more peaceful, equitable, and sustainable ways.


In short, despite old narratives about an inherently flawed humanity, more and more evidence shows that humanity is not doomed to perpetuate patterns of violence and oppression. Half the Sky is full of examples of what those cultures look like at their worst. Some of this book seems very anti-christian and anti-semitic.

Eisler was honored as the only woman among twenty great thinkers including Vico, Hegel, Spengler, Adam Smith, Marx, and Toynbee featured in Macrohistory and Macrohistorians, in recognition of the lasting importance of her work.

Apr 08, Dave rated it really liked it. I was surprised to learn that archaeology, as a science, only became serious after World War II.

The Chalice & the Blade: Highlights of International Impact | Riane Eisler

The cultures in Half the Sky, for example, are extreme dominator societies. Feb 07, Christy rated it liked it Shelves: What better possibilities can we aim for? These peaceful Neolithic cultures predate Sumer by millennia. Eisler then later effectively reminds us of our written hlade wherein iesler complete and total denial of women in a multitude of ways prevails until relatively recent times.

They had fertile land their art was pleasing to the eye.

The Chalice & the Blade: Highlights of International Impact

I am not a diseased, half-dead pack animal who can’t think, so I’m not sure why the author treats me as such. Unless explicitly noted otherwise, all content licensed as indicated by RationalWiki: These people worship a male god or gods of war, vengeance, and honor.

This author is not anti-religion, just anti-hate. O unico movimento a fazer este desafio foi o feminismo.


Eisler argues that there has been a conspiracy within science to hide these early peaceful societies, as evidence she cites an anecdote about an anthropologist she really likes getting chalide funding removed. Mar 17, Christina rated it did not like it. Eisler urges us to give up the old ways of aggressive ranking and warfare, and create a new world in which we find thhe that work to build communities, create prosperity, and improve the quality of life for our entire human family.

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

It seems that in many parts of Old Europe, there were Goddess worshiping cultures that harnessed their intelligence towards creating healthy communities. It seemed like the author just went too far cgalice tried to draw the lines of comparison too much and in places where they didn’t belong. 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.

On closer inspection, however, the picture is less clear than we have long believed.

All across Europe and the Levant women lost their positions of power. Violent kings were not worshiped. It shows that warfare and the war of the sexes are neither divinely nor biologically ordained.

You’ll have some fun with this.