Re-Imagining Prehistory: When The Goddess Met The Warrior with Mary Mackey, Ph.D.

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Modern archaeologists are seeing traces throughout Europe of earth-centered, goddess-worshiping cultures that apparently thrived before the arrival of sky-God worshiping nomads. These findings have inspired Mary Mackey to re-imagine, through rich, sensitive novels based on archaeological evidence, what it must have been like to live in such times. We glean insight into why aggressive societies may have developed as they did, and hear the “Six Commandments” for the peaceful future that is the birthright of all societies. “If there was a period of time, longer than recorded history, in which large numbers of people lived peacefully together,” she says, “that doesn’t mean we have to live forever in a state of armed struggle.” (hosted by Phil Catalfo)


Mary Mackey is an American novelist, poet, and academic. She is the author of seven collections of poetry and fourteen novels. Her Earthsong Series covers 30 years in the lives of the people of Neolithic Europe and about 26 years in Mary’s writing life.

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    Topics Explored in This Dialogue

    • The archaeological evidence for peaceful prehistoric cultures
    • Why aggressive societies may have developed as they did
    • How the historical evidence offers hope for today’s cultural crises
    • The “Six Commandments” for living in peace and balance
    • How bits of goddess culture have survived into modern times
    • Readings by the author from her novel
    • The roles and relationships of men and women in “matristic” cultures

    Host:   Phil Catalfo           Interview Date: 1/19/1994          Program Number: 2435

    Music Playlist

    Opening Essay: 
    From Album: Clannad: Pastpresent
    Artist: Clannad
    1989 Wise Publications #0-711919-19-4
    Track 01 Theme from Harry’s Game

    Music Break 1 & 2: 
    From Album: Voices of the Real World
    Artist: Marie Boine Persen
    2000 Real World #B00003TKFY
    Track 13 Gula Gula

    Music Break 3: 
    From Album: Ancient Mother
    Artist: Robert Gass & On Wings of Song
    1993 Spring Hill Music #SHM0-1017
    Track 01 Ancient Mother

    Music Break 4:
    From Album: Rosenfole
    Artist: Jan Garbarek / Agnes Buen Garnas
    1998 ECM #ECM 1402-829292-2
    Track 02 Rosenfole 

    Music Break 5 :
    From Album: Clannad: Pastpresent
    Artist: Clannad
    1989 Wise Publications #0-711919-19-4
    Track 13 New Grange