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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Faraone gives examples of recipes for erotic magic : a Take wax ( or clay ) from a
potter's wheel and make two figures , a male ... The wheel , an important tool of
magic , has the power to give physical shape to objects with which the words are
He extends his discussion on gift exchange to talk about agricultural rites and
cites Hesiod's proverbial phrase " Give to the earth and the earth will give to you ”
( 1977 , 175 ) . In a similar vein , I argue that the women's work - songs , beyond ...
The exaggerated absence of Theseus during Ariadne's labor is presented almost
as the cause of her death and her failure to give birth to a son ( so Rudhardt 1975
, 117 ) . We may thus understand the ritual to have been instituted to make ...
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THE SCANDAL OF WOMENS RITUAL
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