Sanctuaries through the Ages Rethinking symbols and images, art and artefacts from history and prehistory

Sanctuaries through the Ages Rethinking symbols and images, art and...

"Several papers in this collection demonstrate how certain, well loved, traditional symbols and practices have a noted tenacity for surviving the ages of time. The concept of Earth Mother—or ‘Goddess’ or ‘Dea Madre’, using related definitions encountered in the Mediterranean lands—is associated with some sites and symbols for which we have knowledge through historical scholarship or anthropological interviews with current believers. For others, an Earth Mother attribution—as similarly with ideas of a Universal Ancestor—is for many prehistoric sites only a theoretical concept. This explains why the Earth Mother hypothesis has been put to the test by some of the researchers in this book. Indeed, a new era of rigorous testing has begun. Prof. Gheorghiu closes his timely essay by concluding: “the processes of anthropomorphization, as well as that of epiphany and hierogamy, which were specific for traditional societies, were not totally withdrawn by Modernity, and still could exist unrevealed within contemporary imageries”."

~ G. Terence Meaden

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