This essay explores and critiques the creation of female origin myths in the archaeology of Neolithic China. The first example is the debate surrounding the gender relations in the Yangshao culture. The second half of the paper focuses on whether or not the possible goddess worship in the Hongshan culture can shed light on the understanding of women. It concludes by stating this kind of gynocentric archaeology does not provide an accurate picture of gender in Neolithic China, or propel the feminist agenda.
Chen, Shu Xin
"The Creation of Female Origin Myth: A Critical Analysis of Gender in the Archaeology of Neolithic China,"
Totem: The University of Western Ontario Journal of Anthropology: Vol. 22
, Article 4.
Available at: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/totem/vol22/iss1/4