Σάββατο, 18 Μαΐου 2013

The Temple of Artemis Brauron in Vravrona - Hellas


In the Temple of Brauronian Artemis, the Goddess was Worshiped as the Protector of Nature and women. She was mostly Worshiped as the Protector of child delivery. In fact, women who had a good delivery offered their clothes and personal items to Goddess Artemis, while the clothes of women who died during delivery were offered to the grave of Iphigeneia, who was considered a chthonic deity (deity of the Underworld). The grave of Iphigeneia can be seen even today in a cave in the archaeological site.

Every four years, an important festival was also taking place to Honor the Goddess. A parade with girls aged 5-10 dedicated to the goddess would start from the centre of Athens and would terminate in the Temple. The girls were wearing furs of bear, the Sacred Animal of the Goddess. This was like a preparation process that symbolized the passage from childhood to youth and marriage. In fact, most items found in this archaeological site were female personal items, clothes and jewerly.




A very nice article -in Hellenic- about  Bravronian Artemis by the Author Harita Meenee can be found here: 
pages 4 to7

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