votaress


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vo•ta•ress

(ˈvoʊ tər ɪs)

n.
a woman who is a votary.
[1580–90]
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His seeming rescue by a votaress of the high priestess of the sun had been but a part of the mimicry of their heathen ceremony--the sun looking down upon him through the opening at the top of the court had claimed him as his own, and the priestess had come from the inner temple to save him from the polluting hands of worldlings--to save him as a human offering to their flaming deity.
It conjures up a mythical past in which the King of Fairies hails "from the farthest step of India" and the Queen of Fairies spends many a night gossiping with her votaress along the Indian shore (2.
His mother was a votaress of my order: And, in the spiced Indian air, by night, Full often hath she gossip'd by my side, And sat with me on Neptune's yellow sands, Marking the embarked traders on the flood, When we have laugh'd to see the sails conceive And grow big-bellied with the wanton wind; Which she, with pretty and with swimming gait Following, her womb then rich with my young squire, Would imitate, and sail upon the land, To fetch me trifles, and return again, As from a voyage, rich with merchandise.
3) For example, the Temple of Diana, where Thaisa serves as votaress, may have been associated with fertility but may also have figured a Church of England backsliding toward Catholic idolatry.
On the eroticism of power at the Elizabethan court, see chapter 10 of Montrose, "The Imperial Votaress," 151-178.
Apparently dull Warburton had emended "following" to "follying" because he was unable to imagine Titania's votaress "following" a "sail upon the land.
37 notes that the oracle may have only been conveyed by the votaress and not actually spoken by her in a prophetic capacity.
responsibility to her late votaress (121)) nevertheless are of a piece
In this passage, Titania evokes a mercantile economy only to reject it: she describes how she and her votaress parodied the behavior of merchants and their trading vessels, and she staunchly refuses to engage in such commercial activity herself -- "The fairy land buys not the child of me.
Okuni is believed to have been a votaress of the Great Shrine of Izumo in the west of Japan.
At this point, readers might object that Titania's fervent devotion to the memory of the Indian votaress and to her child, the Indian Boy, hardly squares with Mary Queen of Scots' opposition to Elizabeth's rule, her execution, and Elizabeth's and James's sometimes testy relationship.
From the former standpoint, one may note, with Barber, the "wanton joy in achieved sexuality, in fertility" that Titania's description of her votaress conveys (137), and that sharply differentiates her and Titania from the company of men.