"A fascinating read well researched and annotated throughout" Silver Wheel
An enlightening exploration of goddess orientated, pre-Christian, religious practises and beliefs which dominated Europe and Central Asia for thousands of years. The author reveals, in an intriguing pre-cursor of Christian belief, that the central rite of ancient religion involved the death and resurrection of the daughter of the goddess, where the resurrection reaffirmed the attachment of humankind to the earth. The critical link in this act of affirmation was between mother and daughter rather than father and son, which in turn reflected a matriarchal society in which women held power, and property was passed through the female line. Draws on wide-ranging research resulting in a fascinating book.