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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For me , the ritual context elaborates a fully dialectical experience for women ,
where they are simultaneously the subjects and the objects of the ritual
processes . Subjects because they are often in charge of rituals , funding ,
In the total absence of women's testimony , their specific experience remains
beyond our vision . I can only deduce in outline the projected relationship of
Demeter to her worshipers , without making their personal belief the object of my
They heighten the initiates ' mimetic experience from a familiar activity like
mourning to an unfamiliar one of helpless disorientation , on one hand , and
make the gods present through dramatic mimesis for the participants ' viewing ,
on the ...
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THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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