Savage Energies: Lessons of Myth and Rutual in Ancient Greece by Walter Burkert
We often think of classical Greek society as a model of rationality and order. However, as Walter Berkert points out in these articles on the history of the Greek religion,…
Savage Energies synopsis
We often think of classical Greek society as a model of rationality and order. However, as Walter Berkert points out in these articles on the history of the Greek religion, there were ancient forces of brutality that rolled under the apparent face of classical Greece, whose potential and potentially destructive energies, Burkert says, were harnessed for constructive purposes through interrelated uses .
Of myth and ritual. For example, in an article about the Athenian religious festival in Arefuria, Burkert reveals that there are deep links between these strange night rituals.
Two young girls carried holy offerings in a cave and later returned with something presented to them there, beginning tribal puberty through Linking the festival with the myth of the Girls of Kikops. Other chapters explore the origins of tragedy in blood sacrifice; the role of myth in the new liturgy of Lemanos; relations between violence and the Athenian courts, the annual purification of the divine image; and how failed political propaganda entered the mythological world of Persian war..