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When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm

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In this long-awaited, lavishly illustrated book, drummer Layne Redmond presents an empowering narrative history of the sacred drum in the ancient Goddess civilization, using her extensive collection of images gathered during more than five years of research and travel in the Mideast and Europe. 80 photos & drawings.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 27th 1997 by Three Rivers Press
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Redmond's thesis is quite fascinating, and it is wonderful to see this area of oft-overlooked women's spirituality and religion come to light. However, I was a little disappointed in the writing of this book, finding it straying too far from the intended topic of the history of women's drumming practices. In recent years, many books have been published with this theme: ancient goddesses, Divine Feminine, etc. I picked up this book because I thought it would offer a completely new angle on ancien ...more
Donna Swindells
This book opened my eyes on the Goddess' path. I didn't know that centuries long ago, that the
Goddess, by different names, ruled over countries & was the supreme deity that was worshipped &
And how She was worshipped! By frame drums & dancing with joy! Women were Priestesses, who were respected & their leadership guided their communities. This book was an eye-opener to an ex Roman Catholic, who knew nothing of this history, or this knowledge.
I strongly recommend any Woman
Kristin Walcott Figueroa
This is a wonderful book chronicling the importance of women in ancient cultures. It was both enlightening and empowering to learn about the sacred feminine and how ancient civilizations revered the Goddess and her priestesses.

The book talks about archaeological discoveries supporting Goddess worship as far back as the Paleolithic era. It continued to be the center of cultures through the Mesolithic and Neolithic eras. It is interesting to note that during these era, the evidence points to a ve
Amanda Doran
Has anybody got any links to possible sites I could purchase this from? Would be much appreciated!
Liz DeMarco
Loved this book! I am so going to learn how to play the frame drum..
This book, written by Layne Redmond, one of the world's foremost frame drummers, is a comprehensive and really interesting history of women drummers through history with fascinating photos of ancient art depicting women drumming. I loved this book and loved the workshop i was able to attend with Layne
Leela Francis
Beautiful resource for the spiritual hsitory of women and music. There are so many untruths about ceremonial music we have taken for granted that this book uncovers. It's an important read for any woman on a path to empowerment.
Leela Francis
Mar 19, 2010 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women, drummers, shamanic practitioners
I really couldn't put this book down. It's nearly fifteen years old, so some of the research could be out of date, and the writing seemed a bit disjointed in some places, but in spite of those things, it was still a very interesting read.
Fascinating look at how the tradition of women playing frame drums lasted through millennia, how it was suppressed fairly recently (recent in terms of archaeology, at least), and how one drummer is reclaiming it today.
Spider Goddess
I truly enjoyed this book. It resonated deeply with me. So timely as well. I am attending a drum making workshop tonight, and will take with me this invaluable knowledge.
Tremendously informative book about not just the history of drumming but so many goddesses as well. Those new to paganism will likely enjoy this book.
fascinating, well written, well researched. I did not want to reform it to the library.
this book needs to be reprinted!
It was good for the type of book it was. I didn't go Ga-Ga like some folks I know. It's dry. More like a manual.
A history book, a story book, a spiritual book, and an eye opening walk through ancient civilizations.
An excellent discussion of early goddess religions, and the part played by drums and music.
This was a GREAT read for anyone who is interested in the history of percussion.
This is about so much more than drumming, it's a serious history of women's spirituality.
This book is awesome. Women were the original drummers, woo who! Alright.
I like this book, this was the first pagan related book I have ever read
Title in German:
Frauentrommeln - Eine spirituelle Geschichte des Rhythmus
This is a great book!!!
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“At the end, as at the beginning, stands the archetypal power of the Divine Feminine—the goddess. She is our future as she was our past. With her drum in hand, playing her sacramental rhythms, women can once again take their place in the world as technicians of the sacred. In the pulse of my drum, in the beat of my heart, I erect an alter to her forever.” 1 likes
“Women need the archetypal image of a Divine Female. We need to reconnect with the inherent sacredness of woman as creator and nourisher, rather than accept a vision of ourselves as less-than-divine inferiors.” 1 likes
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