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An English Translation of Bachoffen's Mutterrecht (Mother Right) (1861)

A Study of the Religious and Juridical Aspects of Gynecocracy in the Ancient World

An English Translation of Bachoffen's Mutterrecht (Mother Right) (1861) by David Partenheimer
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Mutterrecht (Mother Right) by Johann Jakob Bachofen was the seminal document of the 19th century concerning the role of women in ancient societies. Bachofen documented that motherhood is the source of human society, religion, morality, and decency in societies including Lycia, Crete, Greece, Egypt, India, Central Asia, Northern Africa, and Spain. He concluded the work by connecting ancient mother right with Christianity. Bachofen’s theory of cultural evolution incited a virtual ‘mother-mania’ among ethnologists, social philosophers, and even writers, among them Lewis Henry Morgan, Friedrich Engels, Joseph Campbell, Robert Graves, Thomas Mann, and Rainer Maria Rilke.
The Edwin Mellen Press; November 2007
352 pages; ISBN 9780773411401
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Title: An English Translation of Bachoffen's Mutterrecht (Mother Right) (1861)
Author: David Partenheimer; Johann Jakob Bachofen