This classic text proposes two models of human history: the blade represents the ‘dominator model’, a world of conflict and domination, threatened with environmental destruction; the chalice represents the ‘partnership model’, a society based on equality and co-operation. Eisler uncovers the existence, prehistory, of a goddess culture were the chalice held sway and there was peace for humankind. Today we stand at a crossroads – we can continue to live by the blade, or return to the life-giving chalice.
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‘Some books are like revelations, they open the spirit to unimaginable possibilities. Eisler proves that the dream of peace is not an impossible Utopia.’
‘Scholarly, passionate, essential reading.’
‘Essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of humanity.’
Riane Eisler’s classic book proposes two models of human history: the contemporary world is represented by the dominator model, symbolised by the lethal blade, in which society is based on conflict and domination, threatened with environmental catastrophe and human destruction. The partnership model is symbolised by the life giving chalice, and depicts a society based on equality and co-operation; Eisler uncovers the existence, in prehistory, of a goddess culture which followed the chalice, lasting thousands of years and a time of great peace for mankind.
Today, we stand at a cross-roads: we can continue to live by the blade, risking global annihilation, or we can rediscover the partnership ethic and spirit of co-operation, and use the chalice to transform our culture and our future.
”Until I read books like Eisler’s I assumed men ran churches because men run everything … now I realise it goes a lot deeper than that; it is a matter of male mana threatened by female magic.”
KATHERINE WHITEHORN,'The Observer'
”Scholarly, passionate, essential reading.”
” A fascinating and thorough historical account of how our culture lost its feminist values. Essential reading for anyone concerned with the future of humanity.”
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Book Description Harper Collins Publishers, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: good. 0044406274 Examining the past as a blueprint for the future, the author develops a theory of evolution which contains two models: the dominator model, symbolised by the blade, when one half of society dominates the other, & the partnership model, symbolised by the chalice, when men & women are valued equally. 1993 pgs sl tanned. Bookseller Inventory # 005119
Book Description No Imprint. Paperback. Book Condition: Fair. Bookseller Inventory # G0044406274I5N00
Book Description No Imprint. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: Very Good. 0044406274 cover differs, 1990 ed, published by UNWIN. Bookseller Inventory # W0028717
Book Description Pandora, 1990. Softcover. Book Condition: Very Good. New edition. Clean and tightly bound paperback, no inscriptions, spine uncreased, appears little used. xxiv + 262 pages, 12 illustrations in the text, notes, index. Bookseller Inventory # 52104
Book Description Mandala Books, England, 1990. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Issue of This Edition. A straight, firm book. Bookseller Inventory # 034972
Book Description No Imprint, 1996. Book Condition: very good. Gently used. Expect delivery in 2-3 weeks. Bookseller Inventory # 9780044406273-3