Re: matriarchal cultures

Carmella V. Greacen (
Fri, 14 Apr 1995 23:18:23 MST

In article <3mm0pv$> (Carl Bentsen) writes:
>From: (Carl Bentsen)
>Subject: matriarchal cultures
>Date: 14 Apr 1995 10:28:15 -0400

>Hello folks,
>I recently had an argument with a friend (at least, I think he's still one)
>in which I postulated that a number of indigenous or primitive or
>however-you-want-to-describe-them cultures that are not based on
>Judeo-Christianity were matriarchal. I don't mean that women were doing
>_everything_, but rather, that women had more decision-making power, or
>were at least equal to men in this respect. Of course, being cursed with a
>big mouth and only vague memories of magazine articles and PBS shows that
>(I think) support me, I was totally incapable of coming up with an actual
>example or two. Since this guy is able to quote every word of the bible by
>heart, I'm in a little trouble here. Any help, either actual examples or
>web sites etc. that might point me in the right direction, would be great.
>Susan Horwitz

Susan - check out some Joseph Campbell "Creative Mythology" Series - The Masks
of God, The Power of Myth. And that's just for starters.

Do some Net surfing - look for "goddess" topics in library catalogues
around the world via the Net . . . you ain't seen nuttin' yet!

have fun!