Subsequent sections address processional movement, including religious processions (the March festival of Magna Mater
, the transvectio equitum, and the festival of Dea Dia) between the Urbs and suburbium, Augustus' triumphal-like returns, ceremonial movements to and within Christian catacombs, Christian processions within the city and the litanies to alleviate sufferings from flooding and the plague, and rituals of the catacombs and urban processions in the context of the martyrdom of Lawrence, and movement and urban form, including the impact of river traffic and urban development, the relationship between movement and monument, and mithraea and their movement patterns.
This idea of a constant "flow" or "change" in an eternal return reveals a deep connection with the Mediterranean myth and, consequently, with the correlated mythical process of eternal change expressed by the Moon Goddess as well as by the Magna Mater
, as D.
The cult of Magna Mater
was introduced into Rome in 204 B.
Similarly, the decadent Romans would bear gifts to honour the goddess Magna Mater
, or great mother over a three-day festival celebration.
Schuler, having also read Bachofen's accounts of matriarchy, grafted onto his Nietzscheanism a wild neo-pagan cult of the Magna Mater
Her counterparts in the ancient world included Ishtar in Babylon, Assyria's Belit, Astarte and Asherah in Canaan, the Ugaritic Anat, Magna Mater
in Phrygia, both Venus and Juno in Rome, Aphrodite or Hera in Greece, and more.
The concentration of the first forty pages is on Nelson's childhood intermingled with her own first child's infancy, on the quotidian constrictions of a young mother's life and, framing those, on the configuration of a kind of Magna Mater
growing from images of the poet's mother and of the speaker herself to a usually beneficent but potentially destructive locus of creative energy, in ironic contrast with the real young mother's daily rounds.