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By Ken Dowden

ISBN-10: 1138014303

ISBN-13: 9781138014305

ISBN-10: 1138014311

ISBN-13: 9781138014312

A striking variety of Greek myths situation the plight of virgins – slaughtered, sacrificed, hanged, reworked into birds, cows, expensive, bears, timber, and punished in Hades.

Death and the Maiden, first released in 1989, contextualises this mythology by way of geography, heritage and tradition, and provides a finished idea firmly grounded in an ubiquitous ritual: pubescent women’ rites of passage. by way of comparative anthropology, it's argued that many neighborhood ceremonies are echoed during the entire diversity of myths, either well-known and vague. additional, Professor Dowden examines boys’ rites, in addition to the renewal of complete groups at normal durations.

The first full-length paintings in English dedicated to passage-rites in Greek fantasy, Death and the Maiden is an enormous contribution to the interesting advancements within the learn of the interrelation among fable and formality: from it an cutting edge view at the origination of many Greek myths emerges.

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