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ANAHITA  July 1997

ANAHITA July 1997

Subject:

Evidence

From:

Donna Wallace <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Women and Gender in the Ancient World <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 8 Jul 1997 13:17:18 -0700

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All evidence is biased.  The written word is not sacred.  It represents
the perspective of its author, translator, and interpreter.  I am working
with two esoteric texts, the Gospel of Thomas and the Gospel of Philip.
Yes, the texts are written (in Coptic, most probably a translation from
the Greek).  Many scholars have worked and are working with these texts.
They all disagree on what these texts have to say about the communities
who produced them.

Before the work of Gimbutas, some scholars had concluded that the
figurines at Catal Hyuk were fertility dolls.  No one seemed to dispute
their interpretation.  However, when Gimbutas suggested that these
figurines represented the worship of a feminine deity, much of the
academic community rose up in defiance.  Why was their interpretation more
acceptable than hers?

Donna Wallace

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