June 11, 1989 |
IT IS HARD TO IMAGINE a book less likely than "The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe" to cause a sensation. Its subject matter, the spiritual practices of people living in southeastern Europe 6,000 to 8,000 years ago, usually holds appeal for few people other than a fraction of the world's archeologists. Reflecting the fact that its author, Lithuanian-born Marija Gimbutas, writes for an academic audience, its prose is wooden. Even its publisher, a British firm called Thames & Hudson, was so uncertain of the book's success that it released the work in 1974 without publicity.
February 12, 1997 |
Honey is beloved throughout Africa and Eurasia, though it couldn't have been the most obvious of foods to begin with; the first person to break into a beehive must have been either incredibly brave or incredibly stupid. But once the principle had been grasped, it could be taught. The ancient Indo-Europeans, not otherwise big shots in food history, apparently introduced honey to the Turks and Mongols, because their word for it, bal, seems to come from the Indo-European melit.
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February 7, 1994 |
Marija Gimbutas, an internationally recognized archeologist whose research into early European cultures convinced her and other experts that women were revered as goddesses 6,000 to 8,000 years ago and that they presided over cities free of war, has died. Joan Marler, her friend and editor, said she was 73 when she died of cancer Wednesday at UCLA Medical Center.
February 18, 1990 |
"The Language of the Goddess" represents the life work of Marija Gimbutas, professor of European archeology at UCLA, who excavated Neolithic settlements for 16 years. Using her main field of inquiry, Gimbutas has woven together comparative mythology, early historical sources, linguistics, ethnography and folklore to prove her case: that the language of the goddess undergirds our entire Western culture.
February 12, 1989 |
When the Cro-Magnon men painted their colorful animals deep in the caves of present-day France and Spain 25,000 years ago, what language did they speak? Would you believe that there are scientists who are seriously trying to answer that question? How can one possibly find out? Ancient people may leave their bones behind, and their tools, and even their art, but they don't leave any record of their language.