The Past is a Foreigners' Country: Goddess Feminists, Archaeologists, and the Appropriation of Prehistory

  title={The Past is a Foreigners' Country: Goddess Feminists, Archaeologists, and the Appropriation of Prehistory},
  author={Kathryn Rountree},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary Religion},
  pages={27 - 5}
  • K. Rountree
  • Published 1 January 2001
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Contemporary Religion
Feminist archaeologists and others have criticised the Goddess movement, and Marija Gimbutas in particular, for producing 'Golden Age' theories about the past, claiming that there is no convincing archaeological evidence that Old Europe was universally peopled by matrifocal, peaceful, egalitarian societies who worshipped a Great Goddess. Goddess feminists are accused of appropriating and mythologising the past to serve their contemporary political agenda. This paper considers such criticisms… 
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