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Death and the Maiden (Routledge Revivals)

Girls' Initiation Rites in Greek Mythology, 1st Edition

By Ken Dowden

Routledge

258 pages

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A remarkable number of Greek myths concern the plight of virgins – slaughtered, sacrificed, hanged, transformed into birds, cows, dear, bears, trees, and punished in Hades.

Death and the Maiden, first published in 1989, contextualises this mythology in terms of geography, history and culture, and offers a comprehensive theory firmly grounded in an ubiquitous ritual: pubescent girls’ rites of passage. By means of comparative anthropology, it is argued that many local ceremonies are echoed throughout the whole range of myths, both famous and obscure. Further, Professor Dowden examines boys’ rites, as well as the renewal of entire communities at regular intervals.

The first full-length work in English devoted to passage-rites in Greek myth, Death and the Maiden is an important contribution to the exciting developments in the study of the interrelation between myth and ritual: from it an innovative view on the origination of many Greek myths emerges.

Table of Contents

List of Maps; Preface 1. Origins of a Mythology: A View from the Grave 2. The North-East: Iphigeneia, Deer, and Bears 3. Thessalians and Other Aeolic Greeks: Achilles and Leukippos 4. Tiryns: The Daughters of Proitos 5. Triphylia: Melampous and the Nymphs of Artemis 6. Mycenae: Io and Argos’ ‘All-Seeing’ 7. Argos and Rhodes: The Danaids 8. Short Stories from Achaia and Arcadia 9. Origins of a Mythology: Some Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; Name Index; Subject Index; Index of Modern Authors

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS002000
HISTORY / Ancient / General
HIS002010
HISTORY / Ancient / Greece
REL114000
RELIGION / Ancient
SOC002010
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural