By Mary Mackey March 23, 2018
For more than 30 years, a single great story has been unfolding in my mind, the story of a time and place where the Goddess Earth was worshipped by people who had never known organized warfare or genocide.
It's an inspiring story that brings with it the hope that the sacred harmony that once existed between human beings and the Earth can exist in the future; and that by virtue of hard work, love, intelligence, and compassion, we can help restore the world to sanity.
I would never have been able to tell this story to my readers if my fore-grandmothers, professor Marija Gimbutas, the archaeologist best known for her research into the Neolithic and Bronze Age cultures of prehistoric Europe, and Merlin Stone, who famously penned When God was a Woman, had not inspired me with their research and given me a vision of a time in pre-history when marauding nomads brought horses, male Sky-Gods, and war to a Goddess-worshiping Europe that had known peace for thousands of years.
When Marija Gimbutas received the final manuscripts for the first two books of my Earthsong trilogy describing this history, The Year the Horses Came and The Horses at the Gate, she was kind enough to tell me that the novels were beautiful, moving, accurate recreations of her research.
Unfortunately, she did not live long enough to read the third novel in the trilogy, The Fires of Spring, but I hope that she would have approved of it, too, and that she also would have enjoyed reading my most recent novel, The Village of Bones, which is a Prequel to the Earthsong Series.
I am greatly indebted to Professor Gimbutas, but debts of this sort are not unusual for a writer of historical fiction. No writer writes alone. We are all influenced by those who came before us and those who we imagine will come after us.
As we sit at our desks struggling to create our stories, our imagined audience sits around us. Some of these ghostly presences may be the muses of the ancient past we are trying to recreate; some may be the muses of the recent past whose work has inspired us; but some are always you, our readers, the muses of future who whisper in our ears "let us see what has been lost."
Editor's Note: Mary Mackey will be speaking at California Institute of Integral Studies on April 6, at 7 PM. For more information, visit https://www.ciis.edu/ciis-news-and-events/campus-calendar/womens-spirituality-presents-bringing-goddess-worshiping-cultures-of-prehistoric-europe-to-life
Mary Mackey, PhD, is The New York Times best-selling author of 14 novels, five of which tell the stories of priestesses of the Goddess-worshiping cultures of Old Europe and pre-historic Sumer (The Village of Bones, The Year the Horses Came, The Horses at the Gate, The Fires of Spring, and The Last Warrior Queen). Her novels about Old Europe are based on the research of the late archaeologist Dr. Marija Gimbutas who helped her with The Year the Horses Came and The Horses at the Gate. Her novel about ancient Sumer (The Last Warrior Queen), is based on a non-patriarchal interpretation of the Sumerian legend of the Goddess Inanna's Descent into the Underworld and takes readers into the Fertile Crescent Goddess-worshiping-cultures described by the late Merlin Stone in When God Was a Woman.