Mother Right On the Continent

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:
Mother Right On the Continent

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This chapter looks at the spread of the matriarchal myth in Europe, examining how the myth gained popularity in Europe, specifically in Germany, and explains the contributions of German ethnology to the myth and studying Julius Lippert's version of it. It then identifies the challenges made to Lippert's assertion that the earliest human societies were sexually promiscuous. The chapter also covers the notions of property in relation to sex and marriage, the notions of gender that can be found within the matriarchal myth, the concept of the Aryan mother, and the late participants in the matriarchal debate.

Keywords: German ethnology; Julius Lippert; sexual promiscuity; earliest human societies; notions of property; notions of gender; Aryan mother; matriarchal debate

Chapter.  12712 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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