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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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The author has organized the main body of her text in nine chapters devoted to fertility cults and shaman queens in the prehistoric Japanese archipelago, female divinities and immortals in ancient Japanese mythology, nuns, lay patrons, and popular devotion in the time of the introduction of Buddhism, and a wide variety of other related subjects.
Else Mundal traces mourning women from a range of textual evidence, with compelling suggestions around the unrecorded obscene songs referred to by Adam of Bremen, and links with fertility cults. Fertility cults also appear in the last chapter in this book, in which Senni Timonen assesses the Finnish-Karelian 'Song of Mary' and its variants in the context of apocryphal and folk-religious Marian texts to expose a polysemous synthesis of the sacred and the profane, and the oral and the literary.
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. From the description in the newspapers--since we did not witness the Olufuko revival ourselves--it would appear that Olufuko falls in the nubility or marriageability category.
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..
The first century AD churns with the unconventional rites of fertility cults with dissenting Gnostics and Essenes who preserve apocryphal gospels in buried jars.
He traces the notion to ancient Scandinavian and Celtic death cults and fertility cults. There is no index.
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. Peter rejected piecemeal ethnographic parallels and instead sought to develop a systematic approach to correlations between social function and archaeological context.
This offers a sober account of ley lines, psychic energies, fertility cults, Glastonbury (both Somerset town and novelist's place of the mind), Albigensians, Templars, and (in general) the Grail and the Occult.
It is both an encyclopedic catalog of research from medieval fertility cults to Nazi paganism, and an original, delicate reading of what all these "facts" and figures might mean.
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. At the time when Rohde's authority was still unquestionable, she rejected his Entwicklungsgeschichte together with his dating of the novels.