Myrine

MALTA and GOZO          

Islands of the »Great Mother«

Approximately in the center of the Mediterranean Sea, halfway between Sicily and Tunisia, there are the islands Malta and Gozo which are very famous for their mighty prehistoric temples. More than 5000 years ago there had existed a highly-developed civilization on these small Mediterranean islands. Imposing stone monuments give evidence of its former significance and prosperity.
On Malta there are the temples Hal Tarxien, Hagar Qim, Mnajdra and the subterranean temple Hal Saflieni, which impress and make you wonder how Stone Age people could make them; on Gozo there is the huge twin temple Ggantija.
The temples form a unity with their surrounding landscape. It is evident that the ancient people of Malta had very deliberately chosen the places for their temples.

front of the temple Hagar Qim

front of the Hagar Qim temple


huge enclosure of the Hagar Qim temple

huge enclosure of the Hagar Qim temple


portal of the Ggantija temple on Gozo

portal of the Ggantija temple on Gozo


holy shrine of the Mnajdra temple

holy shrine of the Mnajdra temple with peculiar ornamentation


The subterranean temple Hal Saflieni was of special significance. In its elaborately constructed stone rooms there have been discovered the bones of about 7000 people. The walls had been painted red by ochre. There has been found the statue of a goddess in sleeping position. This sleeping goddess represents the aspect of death which in matriarchal religion was directly connected with rebirth. Correspondingly, in Greek mythology the god of sleep, Morpheus, was the brother of the god of death, Thanatos.

Many woman figurines - with very feminine shapes - have been found in the temples. They have to be interpreted as representations of the almighty »Great Mother«. The worship of the »Great Mother« is an essential characteristic of matriarchal cultures - those are civilizations in which women have the predominating gender role.

The impressing prehistoric remains of Malta and Gozo clearly give evidence that about 5000 years ago there had existed a highly-developed, presumably matriarchal civilization.

Goddess of Hal Tarxien

Goddess of Hal Tarxien


the so-called Venus of Malta

the so-called Venus of Malta


sitting goddess of Hagar Qim

sitting goddess of Hagar Qim


sleeping goddess from the subterranean temple of Hal Saflieni

sleeping goddess from the subterranean temple of Hal Saflieni


The Lost History of the Amazons

Recent research findings on the legendary women nation


Geheimnisvolles Lemnos. Die von Frauen beherrschte Insel

Mysterious Lemnos. Island dominated by women
This book is only available in German.


=> Amazon Research Center

Diese Seite gibt es auch auf deutsch
Copyright © 1997-2019 Amazon Research Network

Switch to desktop version