According to Paglia, the Venus of Willendorf exemplifies the chthonian
since the figure is faceless, anonymous, virtually formless and un-individuated (p.
The female, on the other hand, obeys a chthonian
strength that links her to the animal roots of the human being.
On the other is the Chthonic order, represented by Dionysus and Demeter, behind whom stand older earth gods, including the "great mother," Cybele; the symbol of the Chthonian
order is the flute, and its values are passion, feeling, nature-worship and an openness to the experience of human suffering.
It is such life that will sufficiently sanctify an individual to be able to enter into conational relations with those preternatural forces in chthonian
In writing about the chthonian
, maternal origins of the figure of Marsyas in Lee's tale, Pulham achieves some remarkable rhetorical effects: "Skinned alive, Marsyas body becomes a kind of disturbing double for the body in its embryonic state, in which the blood and veins of the foetus are visible through the translucence of the skin" (49).
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In terms that strangely echo Perec's book, Barthes writes that the novel as practiced by Robbe-Grillet is no longer "of a chthonian
, infernal nature, it is earthly; it teaches us to look at the world no longer through the eyes of the confessor, the physician or God--all of whom are revealing hypostases of the classical novelist--but through those of a man walking around the city, with no other horizon than what he sees, with no other power than the power of his eyes.
Our idea of the pretty is a limited notion that cannot possibly apply to earth's metamorphic underworld, a cataclysmic realm of chthonian
This treatment of duende elaborates on the common Andalusian usage, which Allen Josephs claims "has more the sense of a chthonian
daimon of force" (White Wall 95).
Garlic was closely related to the cult of Hecate, a chthonian
divinity and patron of sorcerers (Theocritus Idylls II).
Linked with the earth, snakes were associated with chthonian
powers and the Greeks and Romans regarded them as guardians of sacred places, houses and tombs.