Friday, September 11, 2009
Fertility Goddess Bullshit
Sigmund Freud loved to collect them and built theories on their meaning. In the 1960s, researchers claimed the more rotund figures were of a mysterious large breasted and big bellied "mother goddess", prompting the feminist theory that thrives today. But those ancient figurines were toys not mother goddess statues, say experts as 9,000-year-old artefacts are discovered. Nearly 2,000 figures have been unearthed at Catalhoyuk in Turkey - the world's oldest known town - over the last few decades. Made by Neolithic farmers thousands of years before the creation of the pyramids or Stonehenge, they depict tiny cattle, crude sheep and flabby people. These toys are found in the trash and not in goddess niches. What disappointment. Nothing is romantic or mysterious anymore.