PREPATRIARCHAL REPRESENTATIONS OF FEMALE FIGURES.
Archaeological discoveries of female figures representing cult fertility objects an ancient goddesses. Representations of Paleolithic, Neolithic periods. Greek and Roman depictions of goddesses. Feminist ideology & goddess imagery. Patriarchal ideology. Varied views of contemporary ecofeminism in deconstructing patriarchy.
The earliest interpretations of archaeological discoveries of... more
The earliest interpretations of archaeological discoveries of female figures was that they represented cult fertility objects. However, by the 1970s, there were numerous interpretations of these figures, and others, as representing ancient goddesses.
These representations varied between civilizations and epochs in how they represented goddesses and stories that were told about them. In the Paleolithic period, the representations were the simplest. These are the female figurines that early archaeologists identified as Venus figurines (Eisler, 1987). They were often broad-hipped, pregnant, stylized, and sometimes were missing faces or