On the Launching Pad

Eller Cynthia

in Gentlemen and Amazons

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520248595
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948556 | DOI:
On the Launching Pad

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This chapter introduces Johann Jakob Bachofen, the man responsible for introducing narratives about the matriarchal myth, presenting some background information about his childhood and education before focusing on the Das Mutterrecht, his book on matriarchy. It examines the chronology of human history that is presented in the Das Mutterrecht and shows how he interpreted myths, also addressing the question of how Bachofen viewed women and providing a detailed discussion about his legacy.

Keywords: Johann Jakob Bachofen; matriarchal myth; Das Mutterrecht; matriarchy; human history; chronology; interpreting myths; views on women

Chapter.  13311 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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