Dr. Heide Goettner-Abendroth
Dr. Heide Goettner-Abendroth
Dr. Heide Goettner-Abendroth

Publications

All of these books can be ordered at Academy HAGIA.

www.hagia.de

akademiehagia@aol.com

 

The whole of the work of Heide Goettner-Abendroth is collected and kept in the "MatriArchiv" in the Cantonal Library of St. Gallen/Switzerland.

www.matriarchiv.info

mail@matriarchiv.info

Books

Main work

2012 Matriarchal Societies

Matriarchal Societies. Indigenous Cultures across the Globe.

Verlag Peter Lang, New York 2012
 

This book presents the results of Heide Goettner-Abendroth’s pioneering research in the field of modern matriarchal studies, based on a new definition of „matriarchy“  as true gender-egalitarian societies. Accordingly, matriarchal societies should not be regarded as mirror images of patriarchal ones, as they have never needed patriarchy’s hierarchical structures of domination. On the contrary, matriarchal patterns are socially egalitarian, economically balanced, and politically based on consensus decisions. They have been created by women and are founded on maternal values. This new perspective on matriarchal societies is developed step by step by the analysis of extant indigenous cultures in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

 

 

Book Review:
Matriarchal Societies: Studies on Indigenous Culture Across the Globe

 

Clearly, the time is overdue to overthrow the structures of violence and financial and cultural oppression that support the patriarchy. But a revolution like that can’t happen in a vacuum–it can’t be just a matter of getting rid of something. For real change, we need to be for something–something new that will take the place of the old.


Matriarchal Societies by Dr. Heide Goettner-Abendroth is a book about that new something — First published a decade ago in German, Matriarchal Societies started a worldwide movement–Matriarchal studies. This stunningly unique and influential book is now, excitingly, translated into English. Dr. Goettner-Abendroth’s exhaustively documented research illuminates the widespread patterns of indigenous matriarchal cultures: consensus decision-making, matrilineal cultures, gift economy, and goddess-centered spirituality.


Hearing this brilliant scholar speak, I was overwhelmed with respect for the depth and care of her research and excitement over the impact of her mind-blowing findings. When I contemplate Dr. Goettner-Abendroth’s core description and definition of matriarchal societies, I am joyfully amazed at how naturally these ways of living come to me, and how good they feel.


November 2014
Annie Finch

 

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2009 Societies of Peace. Matriarchies Past, Present and Future

Societies of Peace. Matriarchies Past, Present and Future
Edited by Heide Goettner-Abendroth

Inanna Publications and Educations Inc., Toronto/Canada 2009
inanna@yorku.ca
 

This book includes the speeches from the First and Second World Congress on Matriarchal Studies 2003 and 2005. It is an outstanding representation of the intellectual sharing of matriarchal-indigenous and non-indigenous scholars from all over the world in their knowledge on matriarchal societies. There is a wealth of insightful work on past and present matriarchal societies, which makes this book a powerful life-affirming political one.


2007 The Way to an Egalitarian Society. Principles and Practice of a Matriarchal Politics The Way to an Egalitarian Society. Principles and Practice
of a Matriarchal Politics

Broschure, Edition Hagia, Winzer / Germany

1995 The Goddess and Her Heros

The Goddess and Her Heros.
Matriarchal Religion in Mythology, Fairy-Tales and Poetry
Anthony Publishing Company, Stow USA

E-book edition:

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1991 The Dancing Goddess

The Dancing Goddess. Principles of a Matriarchal Aesthetic
Beacon Press, Boston USA

 

E-book edition:

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