THE ARCHETYPAL MOTHER - 1st 1987 ANCIENT INDIA RELIGION GODDESS PHALLIC WORSHIP
THE ARCHETYPAL MOTHER: A SYSTEMIC APPROACH TO HARAPPAN RELIGION
Book Details + Condition: Ravish Publishers (Pune, India). First Edition, 1987. Very scarce. Hardcover with dust jacket. Illustrated. 229 pages. Author Dr. Shubhangana Atre examines the identification of religious structures and some rituals – including the virgin sacrifice - which have played an important role in the religious life of the Harappans. He highlights Mohenjo-daro as a ritual centre. "Harappa is an archaeological site in Punjab, Pakistan, about 24 km (15 mi) west of Sahiwal. The Bronze Age Harappan civilisation, now more often called the Indus Valley Civilisation, is named after the site, which takes its name from a modern village near the former course of the Ravi River… The Harappan Civilization has its earliest roots in cultures such as that of Mehrgarh, approximately 6000 BC. The two greatest cities, Mohenjo-daro and Harappa, emerged c. 2600 BC along the Indus River valley in Punjab and Sindh." [Wikipedia] From the jacket: "Artre has marshaled a vast mass of data with considerable skill and clarity. Her conclusions that Mohenjodaro flourished as the main religious centre largely as a reaction to increased volume of trade, that the Harappan Mother Goddess was the goddess of beasts and vegetation, that the female figures, votive in purpose, were confined to common people...that the composition of unicorn was dominated by the symbolism of male virility - an idea which emerged in the transitional place towards agriculture...."
A scarce copy in very good condition, with firm binding and a clean interior; dust jacket shows minor shelf wear.