When the Women were Drummers
For the Ones who are really interested in the Ancient Wisdom about Women and Drum. A book you should read:
When the Women were drummers -author: Layne Redmond
It is often said that the first sound we hear in the womb is our mother’s heartbeat. Actually, the first sound to vibrate our newly developed hearing apparatus is the pulse of our mother’s blood through her veins and arteries. We vibrate to that primordial rhythm even before we have ears to hear. Before we were conceived, we existed in part as an egg in our mother’s ovary. All the eggs a woman will ever carry form in her ovaries while she is a four-month-old fetus in the womb of her mother. This means our cellular life as an egg begins in the womb of our grandmother. Each of us spent five months in our grandmother’s womb and she in turn formed within the womb of her grandmother. We vibrate to the rhythms of our mother’s blood before she herself is born. And this pulse is the thread of blood that runs all the way back through the grandmothers to the first mother. We all share the blood of the first mother – we are truly children of one blood.

~Layne Redmond (photo)

  • I devoured this book with a spiritual hunger that astonished me, hunger for roots that go all the way back to zero. Hunger for information to back up my instincts, my intuitive responses to a world that has forgotten that God is the Dance. Hunger for religious roots buried in the beat, burned at the stake, pulsing in the bloodlines of a billion Wild Women. Erased but not eradicated. Layne Redmond offers us proof that rhythm is our Mother Tongue. She has undertaken a Shamanic Journey for all of us to recover our Spiritual Heritage and call the Beat back into our Tribal Hearts.    ~Gabrielle Roth
  • When the Drummers Were Women adds a valuable new dimension to our understanding of the ancient Goddess religions. Redmond, herself a brilliant drummer, documents that these instruments have long been played by women in ritual. Her own experience as a musician gives her insight into the ways drumming can be used to affect consciousness and opens our imagination to envision the actual ceremonies of the Goddess. As a drummer and priestess myself, I loved this book!”     ~Starhawk, author of  The Spiral Dance
  • What is so important about Layne Redmond’s work, is that it has sprung from an immemorial need: It is the quest for women to recover their Ancient Roots. Some scholars of Myth, such as Joseph Campbell, have insisted that the seemingly more widely distributed men’s mysteries emerged from a male attempt to rival the natural Magic that Women have always had: The Mysteries of Fertility, Menstruation, Childbirth. But the work of Marija Gimbutas, Riane Eisler and Layne Redmond show that women were far from passive “embodiments” of the Mystery. Rather, in a way congruent with their own Magic they celebrated the Universe in Her Feminine Form; an Ancient Religion largely free from violence or grandiosity, one in harmony with the natural Rhythms of Being. ~Stephen Larsen, author: a Biography of Joseph Campbel
  •  Wow! Through Layne’s fabulous book, my own intuitive experience with drumming has been made more clear, and has been grounded in “Her-story.” I’m sure this learning will deepen and enlarge my personal and group work. I highly recommend this well-documented treatise to EVERYONE, and especially those who are drawn to the power and magic of the drum.” ~Brooke Medicine Eagle, author of Buffalo Woman Comes Singin

Source: LayneRedmond.com

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