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Do scientists deny matriarchy?
Boris wrote: In Encyclopedia Britannica I found this statement:
"Like other elements of the evolutionist view of culture, the notion of matriarchy as a universal stage of development is now generally discredited, and the modern consensus is that a strictly matriarchal society has never existed." (source Britannica) How come?

  1. Traditional references and places of reference (i.e. libraries) don't change fast.
  2. Matriarchy is confused with "woman's rule".
  3. Most encyclopedias are contradictory and negate their own definitions.
While you can read the above quote in EB, you can also read:
[...] was the rain queen of the Lovedu tribe. She was the youngest woman ever named to head the 400-year-old matriarchal dynasty believed to have magical rainmaking powers and was the only rain queen to have received a formal education. (source)
Hattian Wurusemu Hittite sun goddess, the principal deity and patron of the Hittite empire and monarchy. Her consort, the weather god Taru, was second to Arinnitti in importance, indicating that she probably originated in matriarchal times.[...] (source )
Check out other references. You will find this pattern:
- The main article with the title "matriarchy" or "matriarchal" often uses wording like
  • hypothetical
  • utopic
  • woman's rule
  • myth
But at the same time you will find articles about tribes or ethnic groups which are described as matriarchal.

As source or futher reading many references mention Cynthia Eller The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory, a patriarchal point of view where the author confuses female dominance with matriarchy,  but not Women at the Center: Life in a Modern Matriarchy by Peggy Reeves Sanday, who describes the matriarchal Minangkabau in West-Sumatra, with whom she lived. It is obviuos why the latter is not listed at all or as less important.



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