Erynn Laurie wrote:
> I am quite aware of the fictive nature of much of the work of Gimbutas.
> I have lectured on the Bachoffen/Marxist origin of the Matriarchal
> Mythos, and its necessity for the dialectic to be validated as a
> historical process in Marxism. Marx made for good economic theory, lousy
> social activism and history (check out his real baubles over China!), and
> awful poetry and child rearing (see Bertrand Russell for details of his
> encounter with the starving, official Marxist poet of the Soviet Union.
> They wouldn't feed him until he wrote proper poetry, and the committee
> to approve Proper Poetry Meters had not yet decided what was/was not
> revisionist poetry, so the poor guy wasn't being fed!).
> There have been matriarchies. The Iriquois Confederacy (certainly not
> peaceful!) and other societies have been matriarchal.
> The matriarchal/matrilocal/matrifocal/peaceful/urban society of the
> Golden Age is one of those edenic myths, often dreamt of, but never
> However, her interpretations do not invalidate her publication of
> pre-Hellenic deity art.
> As I have a complete copy of "THe Palace of Minos/Knossos" in 6 volumes
> by Arthur Evans, I can attest to the presence of a Circoid deity form
> Circe finds NO reflex or multiform that is identifiable in other IE
> cultures. I have gone thru Bruce Lincoln, Littleton and the Big D.
> himself in the past four months looking at Goddesses.
> Circe has a connection to shapeshifting and pigs. Pigs are a non-IE
> cultural feature, btw.
I am still interested in these Minoan versions of Circe. Are you
thinking of the Potnia Theron figures in the iconography, and associating
this image with Circe and her "magical beasts?" I myself have always
taken this figure to be an early Artemis; could Circe be an off-shoot of
Artemis, as Ishhara was of Ishtar?
Also, I do not understand how pigs and witches are
non-Indo-European? There are witches/enchantresses as far West as Ireland
according to their own mythology, and they even show up in Mesopotamia.
If anything I think one must say that the concept of the "dangerous,
magical female/ femme fatal" type is somewhat universal. As for the pigs,
I already responded to that this morning, so I shan't take up anymore E
mail time for that.
Please do let me know about your theories; I am particularly
interested in the figure of Circe for a variety of reasons.
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