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Anthesteria 56

posted 13th Aug 2020, 5:31 PM

Anthesteria 56
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13th Aug 2020, 5:31 PM


"The myth goes on to say, as she was hanging herself, Erigone cursed the Athenians, condemning all their daughters to "swing" just as she was swinging from the tree. Athenian virgins then began to kill themselves in droves. To stop the suicides, and at the advice of Delphi, the Athenians then instituted the rite of the Aiora ("Swinging"), in which girls fulfilled the letter if not the spirit of Erigone’s curse by swinging on chairs suspended from trees by ropes in much the same manner as children now swing. Indeed, in vase paintings of the scene, the activity looks rather playful. The Aiora was celebrated on the third and final day of the Anthesteria." (Restless Dead: Encounters between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece by Sarah Iles Johnston)

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3rd Feb 2021, 10:40 PM

bbb35 (Guest)

I was surprised, I knew this myth and here you go drawing it.

Yeah, the goddess of ghosts, necromancy and witchcraft wasn’t full of hot air. Oh Hades.

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