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

The Chalice and the Blade Our History Our Future Updated With a New Epilogue The legacy of the sacred feminine 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 p

  • Title: The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future (Updated With a New Epilogue)
  • Author: Riane Eisler
  • ISBN: 9780062502896
  • Page: 369
  • Format: Paperback
  • The legacy of the sacred feminine 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.

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    1. Three stars because it was a pretty interesting read, and she covers, well, all of human history.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).The first half is in large part a summary and popularizing of the work of archaeologist Marija Gimbutas, who argues that before the spread of Indo-European civilization there existed a [...]

    2. Loved this book. Helps clarify how we got where we are, and where we can go if we want to. Those who brush this off as feminazi aren't reading well. She reiterates many times that there are gentle men and less-than-gentle women. Nor does she say that the Neolithic matrifocal societies were uptopias with no problems, just that they focused on nurturing rather than destruction. Her ideas about a gylanic society based on linking rather than ranking are excellent and should be pursued.

    3. Not in a million years should The Chalice and the Blade be considered a work of feminism or competent scholarship in general. (Indeed, it is, in fact, widely rejected by even feminist archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians.) Many of Eisler's arguments are recycled from the later work of Marija Gimbutas, who claimed that Paleolithic and Neolithic "Venus" statuettes and figurines were representations of a "Mother Goddess." The speculation is plentiful, but the evidence is not. There is no [...]

    4. During the Neolithic times our world was a much different place. The evidence is present not only in our technology but also of the presence of certain statues all over Europe. They are called Venus statues. They were misjudged at first and archaeologists thought they were used for lustful purposes. Well they were wrong the statues were used to worship the Goddess. The Goddess was seen as the creator of all, the giver of birth. There was a male consort who co -ruled with her. In those times heri [...]

    5. Having just read Half the Sky, Infidel, and several books about the FLDS (Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints), I recalled this book which I had read a number of years ago. The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler is a cultural anthropology and analysis of what she calls dominator societies vs partnership societies. The cultures in Half the Sky, for example, are extreme dominator societies. That women are not valued is how they work. What it takes to change them has been Eisler's life work since s [...]

    6. This was a life-changing book for me. It helped me to connect and make sense of all the stories and myths I had read about from other religions. In doing so, it firmly established the Goddess in my life, and as I look back it is responsible for my decision to become a Witch and devote my life to the feminine energy of the Goddess. I cannot say enough good things about this book. I feel it is a must for all spiritual women awesome book and a real eye-opener to say the least!!

    7. الكاتبة تشرح لنا عن منظوري الأنثوية ( متمثلة برمز الكأس المقدسة ) و الذكورية ( متمثلة برمز حد السكين )، أو كما تسميهما هي، مبدأ التشاركية ( الأنثوية ) ومبدأ الهيمنة ( الذكورية ) الاجتماعية، والمراحل التي مرت بها حضارتنا الإنسانية منذ العصور الحجرية وحتى اللحظة الحالياً في العمل [...]

    8. Like DaVinci Code? Read this. This book is where the information came from, this book is the mother to many, many others

    9. " individuals as in nations, contentment is silent, which tends to unbalance the historical record."This often overlooked truth, advanced by historian Barbara W. Tuchman, is wielded with a vengeance in Riane Eisler's The Chalice and the Blade. Eisler directs our attention to the least advertised stages of societal evolution, those of relative peace and prosperity, in which nothing strident rises up to catch the eye - and which we fail, rather consistently, to recognize as eras of manifest achiev [...]

    10. So, I give this book 5 stars even though I know well the controversy about Gimbutas's work, Eisler based her prehistoric analysis on.Eisler, as has for example Joseph Campbell, emphasizes how important the myth is to our evolution as a species and as a person. A mythology is psychological/spiritual model for us as we grow into maturity throughout our lives. I dived into the debate that has, and is going on online, and I haven't yet read Gimbutas's work. But, I have read Joseph Cambell's primitiv [...]

    11. Five stars. An exceptionally important, brilliant book. It is a rare book, indeed, that can change a person's entire view of human history.I've seen copies around for years but never read it. I recently got a copy of a later book by Eisler (The Real Wealth of Nations), then saw a copy of TCATB for a dollar, and thought I would take a quick look at it first. I picked it up and was immediately engrossed. Starting about 10,000 years ago, and continuing for a period of about 30 centuries, widespread [...]

    12. Apparently, the author and the publisher thought that this 300 page work of prevaricated, atrociously researched swill was passable. They are gravely mistaken.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. This book is poorly written, Ms. Eisler spoon feeds readers her opinions that are poorly veiled as facts, her writing lacks style, and for a history it lacks what it needs: actual history.My main criticism is that this book is mark [...]

    13. 'Attempts' to use evolutionary theory to explain how, through punctuated equilibrium, men rose up and took over the peaceful female-dominated societies all over the world. Apparently all men are evil 'blades' who want destruction and women are all good 'chalices' who believe in religion and want peace and harmony. 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 [...]

    14. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to read this book. A lot of what I read in its pages changed my entire worldview and caused me to reevaluate the history of the world as I knew it through a feminist lense and to change how I felt and thought about that history. There was a lot in this book that I didn’t completely agree with but there were many parts that I was glad to have read and have reached a deeper and richer understanding of the world because of it.The Chalice and the Bl [...]

    15. Eisler reframes the age old idea of the 'war between the sexes' into something equally polarizing, yet more inclusive. Many people have examined the problems of humanity as an inevitable outcome of our innate aggression and territoriality. Our history clearly how the forces of war, colonialism, nationalism and greed have shaped the world as we know it.On closer inspection, however, the picture is less clear than we have long believed. I was surprised to learn that archaeology, as a science, only [...]

    16. It tends to happen that each new book I read then becomes my favorite - but this book did such a good job answering so many questions for me (giving me a system wide look instead of too focused) that I am now in awe of my new worldview. She answered my questions of "Where did patriarchy come from? How did it begin and why has it lasted as our social system to this day? What better possibilities can we aim for?"The Chalice and the Blade is a very level headed approach to what is often a heated to [...]

    17. This book was required reading for a workshop I attended on Starr Island for a Religious Education retreat sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist AssociationIt 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 4,000 years. The Partnership model which prevailed prior to much of our recorded history is what I strive for now. You have to read it to understand it, and whether you accept [...]

    18. The first 66% of this book is fantastic-- a well-researched and developed argument that we must view our notions of anthropology and history with an extremely critical eye.Unfortunately, the last third of the book leaves all that behind, and becomes a flight of fantasy as it describes what society might be like if based on a more egalitarian method.So I recommend it based on the holes it punches in many of our most taken for granted beliefs on historic and prehistoric mankind, but don't put too [...]

    19. My personal change agent. I read this book at a juncture in my life when many things were changing. I have read Chalice more than 5 times, have been in book studies on it and led them as well. In nearly every case women who have not encountered information like this before have often profound experiences with waking up. My copy is dog-eared, underlined, commented in and loved dearly for what it has brought me and other women I love.

    20. Audio is a bit dry but the book is great, hopeful. We humans CAN live in a non-patriarchal (and non-matriarchal) society in PEACE.

    21. الكتاب ليس بـ " روايه" كما ستقرأون في الغلاف الخلفي هو أشبه بقصة طويله تحكي لنا السيطرة الذكورية على هذا العالم, وكيف أن البشرية في بداياتها لم تكن محكومة من جنس واحد فقط, بل كانت عبارة عن مجتمع تشاركي بين الذكر والأنثى مع عظيم إحترام للطبيعة " الأم" التي تجلب الحياة وتولدها وتم [...]

    22. Until reading this book, I thought the arguments that early human cultures were peaceful egalitarian Goddess worshipers was about as strong as the arguments that early human beings were brutish war-mongering death-worshipers. Both directions seemed to be speculative wishful thinking based on very limited weak evidence. But this book provides a great overview of recent archeological finds and corrections of earlier literature that didn't have the benefits of carbon dating. It is quite convincing [...]

    23. This book is comparable to such archaic utopian works as Engels' On the Family and E. Morgan's Descent of Women, but, like Morgan's, without the excuse of ignorance. When Engels wrote in the nineteenth century his ideas of a prehistoric cooperatism were at least plausible and, indeed, supported by contemporaneous anthropological work. When Morgan and Eisler wrote, however, much more work had been done and little evidence accumulated to support the hypothesis of an archaic social paradise.Such ev [...]

    24. This book and its sequel, Sacred Pleasure, really need to be read back to back, because it shows how society can be changed by the stories we tell ourselves and each other and how power can be usurped based on untruts about the feminine, and that within the masculine. They have been the foundation pieces of partnership work done in Sustainable Ballard. A good solid study of how we became the way we are.

    25. I guess it's a sign of how well these ideas have been disseminated since this book was published that I found nothing all that new to me here. (Or maybe it's just because I live in Northern California)But it's always welcome to hear evidence that human history hasn't just been a straight line of organized violence from the African savannah to Pax Americana.

    26. A very informative view of humanity's goddess-worshiping, egalitarian past and the ways that Western culture of dominance has sought to erase the memory such traditions. An inspirational read for those who seek a broader explanation of our cultures past and greater possibilities for our future.

    27. I found this book to be more a work of speculative fiction than the cultural anthropology that it pretends to be.

    28. Riane Eisler describes how we once lived in a caring, sharing environment--one that lasted for tens of thousands of years, survived (though barely), just into historical times. It was characterized by a worship of the divine feminine as represented by the chalice in the title of the book.Then, in a blink of the eye, historically speaking, that environment was brutally overthrown and replaced with the beginnings of the patriarchy in which we live today. Those who overthrew this golden age worship [...]

    29. I read this book, recommended to me by my sister, because I want to understand why humankind makes war? why the violence? why the constant killing of millions through the ages, and where does it originate and can we ever have total peace on earth. The book makes an attempt to explain, gives reasons, and tries to show the way forward and toward peace, it maintains a large shift in human thinking is required, and yes that is plain to see. It puts forward the theory that humankind has to leave behi [...]

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