Mothers and Amazons Author:Helen Diner Helen Diner - the American pseudonym of Bertha Eckstein-Diener, a.k.a. Sir Galahad - was an unusual, sophisticated scholar in the midst of the spiritual/political melee of the 1930s' European intelligentsia. She was a member of an elite group of "Arthurians" each of whom took a name from the Tableround. (another member was Arthur Avalon who wrot... more »e the 'Serpent power'). The members of this group each vowed to bring to the West an area of knowledge hitherho unknown to the wider public. Sir Galahad (Helen Diner aka ....) embarked on presenting a history of the Feminine, drawing boldly on intuition and literary sources, Bachofen (of course)and myths, historic and religious materials. Last not least her sensitive, poetic language sets her apart from the later feminist writers. A fine sense of irony and some awfully politically incorrect views (e.g. on female castration) make this book a bumpy yet breathtaking journey into the political and cultural roots of our own society - "in the beginning was woman...".
A must-read for anyone interested in the Feminine - Earthly and Divine, Goddess and Empress, Priestess and Warrior.« less