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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THESMOPHORIA AND ELEUSINIAN MYSTERIES : THE FASCINATION OF
WOMEN'S SECRET RITUAL. ୨. Eva Stehle The Eleusinian Mysteries are a
remarkable anomaly in the panorama of civic religious practice of archaic Greece
The Mysteries substituted a different , less gender - specific image of Demeter in
distress , desperately wandering in search of her daughter rather than fasting and
mourning , although it is possible that the original women's festival also ...
The Mysteries certainly underwent great development over the course of time .
Men were also free to obliterate the evidence of women's practice as the basis for
their new ability to experience intimacy with a goddess . Women had no such ...
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Sources and Methodology
THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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