The Alphabet and the Goddess, Part 1


What happened to the age of the goddess? Abdul Kadir Audah/Photolibrary/Getty Images

What happened to the worship of goddesses? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick explore Leonard Shlain’s hypothesis from his 1998 book “The Alphabet Versus the Goddess,” in which the author argues that the brain-altering power of written language unbalanced human civilization in favor of misogyny, tyranny and the worship of abstract, masculine gods.

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'The Alphabet Versus the Goddess" by Leonard Shlain

Ishtar, Queen of Night, 19th century BCE.
Ishtar, Queen of Night, 19th century BCE.
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Topics in this Podcast: religion, language, feminism