Myth, Religion, and Mother Right
By Johann Jakob Bachofen | Contributed to by Campbell
This is an important book on the meaning of goddesses and the feminine in Greece, Rome, and the ancient world. The Swiss thinker J.J. Bachofen is most often connected with his theory of matriarchy, or “mother right,” but that concept is only a small part of his contribution to our understanding of cultural history. A pioneer of the idea of a transcendent mythical content present in all societies, Bachofen was deeply concerned with the inner life and how it is expressed in symbolic terms.