Finding Persephone: Women's Rituals in the Ancient Mediterranean
Drawing upon the latest research in gender studies, history of religion, feminism, ritual theory, performance, anthropology, archaeology, and art history, Finding Persephone investigates the ways in which the religious lives and ritual practices of women in Greek and Roman antiquity helped shape their social and civic identity. Barred from participating in many public arenas, women asserted their presence by performing rituals at festivals and presiding over rites associated with life passages and healing. The essays in this lively and timely volume reveal the central place of women in the religious and ritual practices of the societies of the ancient Mediterranean. Readers interested in religion, women's studies, and classical antiquity will find a unique exploration of the nature and character of women's autonomy within the religious sphere and a full account of women's agency in the public domain.
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Intimacy now takes the turn of seeking imaginative sexual pleasure among
women , including the goddess.42 In one Orphic version of the Demeter story ,
Iambe ( and Metaneira ) is replaced by Baubo , who lifts her skirt to show her
Demeter refuses it because she is sorrowful , whereupon Baubo , pained at
being ignored , shows Demeter her genitals . “ And [ Demeter ) is delighted at the
sight and finally then receives the drink , pleased by the vision . ” Clement claims
30 Anyone perusing catalogues of terracottas in search of Demeter encounters
numerous figurines alternately labeled Demeter or Isis - Demeter . While
Demeter , as discussed above , continued to be worshiped as a Greek deity in
Egypt , her ...
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Sources and Methodology
THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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