Dave Murray, this is also a highly androcentric viewpoint — everything revolves around men. But what I have learned about history is that for 97% of the time it was a lot more balanced than that and if anything leaned towards the gynocentric. Until very recently in human history, lineage was matrilineal, the supreme deity was female, and men and women shared a much more egalitarian existence, that if anything, leaned towards the primacy of women.
These were not not matriarchies, the flip-side of later patriarchies — these were cooperative civilizations where art and culture flourished because war was largely unknown and most resources went to beauty and the celebration of life rather than the glorification of war and death that was to accompany the northern invaders that overran these cultures only a few thousand years ago.
As I’ve said, more to come about this as I’m able to synthesize all that I need to to publish about it.