Reading a Festival Nexus

Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood

in Athenian Myths and Festivals

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199592074
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595592 | DOI:
Reading a Festival Nexus

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This chapter attempts to reconstruct the basic skeleton of the nexus of the Plynteria and Kallynteria. In the nexus of the Plynteria and Kallynteria, abnormality and pollution were correlative with primordiality, in complex ways. The movement towards purification and transition to normality in this ritual nexus involved many stages, as did, in the Athenian perceptions, the transition from primordiality to things as they are now, the normality of the present. In ritual there was an abandonment of normality when the statue and the temple were given over to the Praxiergidai and the temple was symbolically sealed. This movement from normality to the abnormality of the period in which the Praxiergidai took over was a preliminary movement, comparable to the (literal) movement of the statue of Dionysos to the Academy before the beginning of the City Dionysia.

Keywords: Athenian festivals; Plynteria; Kallynteria; nexus; normality; primodiality; abnormality; pollution

Chapter.  38332 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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