The Civilization of the Goddess
Marija Gimbutas was born in 1921, in Vilnius the capital city of Lithuania, situated in the southeast of the country. She maintained a lifelong interest in the culture and customs of her homeland. She came to the United States as an immigrant from the Soviet government in 1949 after earning a Doctor of Philosophy degree in archaeology in 1946 at Tubingen University in Germany. Her background included linguistics, ethnology, and the history of religions, which was unusual for an archaeologist. Marija was engaged by Harvard University in 1950 to do research and to write texts on European prehistory. She remained at Harvard for thirteen years, where she also became a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology. Marija Gimbutas also wrote three popular books called The Goddesses and Gods of Old Europe (1974, 1982), The Language of the Goddess (1989), and The Civilization of the Goddess (1991). In 1963 Marija Gimbutas was invited to teach at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she remained until her retirement in 1989 and she passed away in 1994.
In her book of The Language of the Goddess, the section on “hands and feet of the goddess” talks about how Catholic European people view hands and feet as a way to protect them against evil. At the same time hands and feet represented the touch of the goddess, which was influenced by other religions. Hands and feet were painted in cave, carved in stone, vases, etc. Today, some places around the world still has the paintings of hands and feet. Particularly hands of women appear in red and black. Red symbolized life, and black symbolized fertility. Its said that those colors were selected for their symbolic significant. Most of the hand symbols are drawn in groups, in row or individually. The feet are meant to encourage life. Foot prints were found in French graves. Hands and feet represent the divine touch, then the pattern is surely imparts the powerful energy of the goddess....
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