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CHAPTER 5When God Was a Woman

Neolithic art, and even more so the more developed Minoan art, seems to express a view in which the primary function of the mysterious powers governing the universe is not to exact obedience, punish, and destroy but rather to give.1

Riane Eisler

Early human learning centered on three challenges: developing the art of complex speech to facilitate communication, discovering technologies to extend the capabilities of the human mind and body, and mastering the arts of living in ever larger units of social organization to accommodate population growth. Early humans learned to use fire, domesticate plants and animals, and construct houses of wood, stone, skins, and sundried mud. They created complex languages and ...

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