Mudcat Café message #26168 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #4716   Message #26168
Posted By: T. in Oklahoma
21-Apr-98 - 11:59 AM
Thread Name: Pagan/Folk/Earth Music Research Project
Subject: RE: Pagan/Folk/Earth Music Reasearch Project
Exhaustive refutation of the Murray thesis is fairly recent, but Margaret Murray's thesis was criticized from the very beginning. I don't know if any of her contemporary colleagues accepted it.

Marija Gimbutas is an archaeologist specializing in the period ca. 5000-3000 B.C. Her technical archaeological work may be valuable, but its value for the ordinary reader is marred by her insistence on interpreting her finds tendentiously in terms of a peaceful, matriarchal, goddess-worshipping pre-Indo-European civilization. Other archaeologists familiar with the data find that it supports no such interpretation.

Robert Graves was a poet who popularized the Murray thesis in his book on poetic inspiration, "The White Goddess."

It goes without saying that, for someone interested in historical facts, an author equally to be avoided as the other four is Gerald Gardner, who took the Murray thesis and invented a new religion from it.