This 64-page book full of colour illustrations takes the reader from the evolution of life on earth to the Neolith, and describes the women-centred cultures that existed globally before the creation of patriarchy 5,000 years ago, and before European colonisation.
One of the opening lines in this book comes from author Monica Sjoo: “In the beginning… was a very female sea.” In the following pages, Sjoo and marine biologist Rachel Carson explain how the sea is female, and how our bodies are like the sea, before Marilyn French helps Sjoo explain how “the revolution in human sexuality – the revolution that made us human – resulted from evolutionary changes that occurred in the female body.”
Women from around the world then describe matriarchal cultures that honoured, and continue to honour, women. Drawings and paintings of ancient sculptures and wall paintings decorate the book and show how “the distribution of the Goddess and her serpent is global… God was female for at least the first 200,000 years of human life on earth.”
I made this book because I believe it provides important perspectives on where we all come from, why we suffer such a pervasive sense of disconnection, and what we have lost. This book is also a colourful celebration of our long and spirited collective herstory. Many of the quotes clearly and naturally speak to life, culture and spirituality at once, with no grasping or pretension – this is perhaps the most beautiful thing about reading on the topic of matriarchy. You’ll no doubt want to consult the book’s bibliography to read further!
A5, 64 pages, 100gsm paper with colour illustrations. Staple-bound.