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The Position of Woman in Primitive Society

THE POSITION OF WOMAN IN PRIMITIVE SOCIETY

BY THE SAME AUTHOR

THE TRUTH ABOUT WOMAN

_BOOKS ON ART_

A RECORD OF SPANISH PAINTING THE PRADO (Spanish Series) EL GRECO " VELAZQUEZ " PICTURES IN THE TATE GALLERY

_BOOKS ON SPAIN_

MOORISH CITIES IN SPAIN THINGS SEEN IN SPAIN SPAIN REVISITED: A SUMMER HOLIDAY IN GALICIA SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA (Mediaeval Towns' Series) CATHEDRALS OF SOUTHERN AND EASTERN SPAIN

THE POSITION OF WOMAN IN PRIMITIVE SOCIETY

A STUDY OF THE MATRIARCHY

BY C. GASQUOINE HARTLEY (MRS. WALTER M. GALLICHAN) AUTHOR OF "THE TRUTH ABOUT WOMAN."

LONDON EVELEIGH NASH 1914

DEDICATION

TO ALL WOMEN

"Be not ashamed, women, your privilege includes the rest.... You are the gates of the body, you are the gates of the soul.... And I say it is as great to be a woman as to be a man. And I say there is nothing greater than the mother of men."

WALT WHITMAN.

_7 Carlton Terrace, Child's Hill._ 1914.

CONTENTS

PART I

THE PRIMITIVE FAMILY

CHAP. PAGE

I INTRODUCTORY 11

II AN EXPOSITION OF BACHOFEN'S THEORY OF THE MATRIARCHATE 26

III DIFFICULTIES AND OBJECTIONS: AN ATTEMPT TO RECONCILE MOTHER-RIGHT WITH THE PATRIARCHAL THEORY 45

IV DEVELOPMENT IN THE PATRIARCHAL FAMILY AND THE RISE OF MOTHER-POWER 67

PART II

THE MOTHER AGE CIVILISATION

V THE MATRIARCHAL FAMILY AMONG THE AMERICAN INDIANS 95

VI THE MATERNAL FAMILY AMONG THE KHASIS 132


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