THE RULE OF MARS explores Patriarchy: Its Origins, History and Impact

Editor: Cristina Biaggi, Ph.D

The Rule of Mars: The Origins, History and Impact of Patriarchy (KIT Press, Late Spring 2006, $40) is a new collection of the best writings by leading scholars on the subject of patriarchy -- how it came to be the dominant social system, how it has been maintained, and its impact on contemporary life. Inspired by the work of archeologist Marija Gimbutas, editor Cristina Biaggi, Ph.D., has assembled 31 compelling essays that explain the underlying dynamics of our political and social life and encourage new ways of thinking. Dr. Biaggi contributes an essay that expands on Gimbutas’ Kurgan studies and examines why the Kurgans became warlike, as a model for an investigation into the advent of patriarchy.

Dr. Biaggi has been studying, lecturing and writing on pre-patriarchal times for the last thirty years. She explains the motivation behind The Rule of Mars: Continue reading "THE RULE OF MARS explores Patriarchy: Its Origins, History and Impact"

The Great Goddess and Her Influence Herstorically and in the Present

Cristina Biaggi, Ph.D

According to archaeological, mythological and anthropological evidence, the Great Goddess was probably the principal deity worshipped along the Mediterranean, in Europe, the Near East, much of Russia, North Africa, India and even parts of China during the Upper Paleolithic (30,000-10,000 BCE) and in the Neolithic (roughly 7,000 to 2,500 BPE). The Goddess was still present in the Bronze Age but with the rise of the "big" kingdoms, She became subsumed in their general pantheons, acquired different names and was either conquered, raped or married off to various newly emergent and vigorous gods (Tiamat and Marduk in Mesopotamia and Hera and Zeus in Greece immediately spring to mind). Recently, due to the women’s movement and to the growing attention to woman’s place in history, the Goddess has made a comeback. There seems to be a need to see the Goddess as an embodiment of the feminine sensibility, contained in both sexes, in this era where the negative fruits of patriarchy are glaringly apparent.

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