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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in focusing on the way the women at the Thesmophoria enacted a cominginto -
relationship with Demeter . In the classical Greek context much of ritual was
directed toward making contact with a god or gods , anthropomorphically
The third and fourth days , with feasting and water - pouring that stimulated earth
and sky to reproduce , transferred the Demetrian experience to the agricultural
realm , as Kalligeneia did at the Thesmophoria . For both rituals secrecy ...
But see Graf 1974 , 166–71 , on Baubo ; he concludes ( 171 ) that she belongs to
the Thesmophoria and not the Eleusinian Mysteries . Goff ( 2004 , 128 ) gives
other references to women's honoring the female genitals at the Thesmophoria .
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Sources and Methodology
THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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