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The Amazons

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« on: February 18, 2007, 05:00:12 am »

Geneaology and Traits of Artemis and Apollo
Cronos - Ruler of the Universe (Prior to the Olympian take over)   Rhea - Ruler over the Earth

Domain - Eternal Virgin. Goddess of the Hunt. Held rule in Athens (and other parts) over Childbirth (because of Leto's painless birth), childhood (childhood diseases), Adolescence. Had many differing aspects or archetypes the most violent was the tauropolos).
   Goddess of the places outside of the city.
   Held domain over women in the countryside.
   Artemis of Brauron.
   Power of plagues and Sudden Death
   Goddess aspect/archetype of the moon. (Other aspects as Cybele(?)/Selene/Hecate).
   Required virginity as a prime aspect.
Birth - Born on Ortyegia or Delos (either is disputable). Born before Apollo, a painless birth. Because of the painless birth she was given domain over childbirth.
Relationship to Women - Artemis was one of the Amazons prime deities worshipped. Her violent and non-violent aspects were emphasized.
Artemis of Brauron - Callisto was seduced by Zeus, and Artemis noticed she was with child. At this she turned her into a bear. Zeus saved Callisto at the last minute, and thus she held domain in the sky over the star Spica. Hence the festival of Brauron, is a rememberance of that. . . . The festival of Brauron involved girls acting and dressing up like bears. Within the festival of Brauron, the girls spent a certain amount of time in the temple, acting like she-bears, and doing work for the community, symbols of atonement for Callisto's act. (was done yearly and only with a few girls involved.
   Only girls age 5 to 10 were Allowed to participate in the rite, and they were chosen early on. Probably was a much larger rite lateron       

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