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fertility cult

n
(Anthropology & Ethnology) the practice in some settled agricultural communities of performing religious or magical rites to ensure good weather and crops and the perpetuity of the tribe
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Fertility cults offered people a way to control the gods.
Anthropologists distinguish three types of transitional ritual in southern Africa, namely puberty rituals, and maturation rites, nubility (marriageability) and fertility cults.
It is thought it grew from the dances performed by ancient fertility cults and that certain movements, such as the rippling of the torso muscles, mimic labour contractions.
Or that he was probably telling people not to sleep with male prostitutes from Eastern fertility cults, if we take his context into account.
He traces the notion to ancient Scandinavian and Celtic death cults and fertility cults.
The issue is not that Israel has forsaken YHWH by participating in fertility cults devoted to Baal.
His Doctorate, on Prehistoric human figurines from Western Asia and the Aegean, relied on comparative evidence from anthropology to dispute the common assumption that figurines were typically associated with fertility cults.
Even their religious worship links Africa to the peoples of Crete: African fertility cults and their worship of the snake goddess Minona are the basis for the Minoan belief system.
In her Master thesis, written at the very beginning of the 20s, Freidenberg came to the revolutionary conclusion that the 'Greek' novel was Oriental in its origin, and that the plots of its different narratives exhibit a retentive archetypal pattern which turned out to be a remake of the legomenon which can be traced back to the dromenon of the fertility cults.
But readers who are looking for confirmation of their neopagan beliefs in forgotten fertility cults and repressed goddess worship will be deeply disappointed, for Ronald Hutton's detailed study of calendar rites is a systematic refutation of all such notions.
Davis's perspective in writing on Beowulf and the demise of Germanic legend in England is that of historical anthropology, and the most innovative points in his argument make use of the model of a movement from fertility cults to king cults in certain cultures.
It is a skillfully written read, complete with secret codes, anagrams, elaborate technology, pagan sex orgies, sudden reversals of fortune, age-old conspiracies, pre-Christian fertility cults, the Knights Templar, Gnostic gospels, corrupt cops, brutal murders, feminist "theory" and frantic midnight rides through Paris.