polytheist extractions

Pausanias, Description of Greece 8.23.1

“In Alea at Arkadia there is a temple of Dionysos with an image. In honor of Dionysos they celebrate every other year a festival called Skiereia, and at this festival, in obedience to a response from Delphoi, women are flogged.” – Pausanias, Description of Greece 8.23.1


2 responses to “Pausanias, Description of Greece 8.23.1

  1. Nykti 04/30/2011 at 1:36 am

    Hmm. It’s interesting to note that this festival was celebrated every other year (I didn’t notice that before.. hmm.). Although now that I think about it, a lot of Dionysian festivals were like that. Makes me wonder which of the years (cthonic or above-ground) this festival took place in.

    • eklogai 04/30/2011 at 3:20 pm

      That is definitely a common feature of Dionysian festivals, which makes a lot of sense when you consider the growing cycle of the vine. Unfortunately I don’t know enough about the specifics of Arcadian religious practice and belief to speculate on what form or phase of Dionysos this festival related to – sadly, I’m not sure if we possess any other information about it beyond what Pausanias recorded.

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