• Witches, Shamans & the Girls at Puberty

    Author(s):
    Darshi Arachige (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Subject(s):
    Anthropology, Prehistoric art
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    #anthropology
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M68B5Z
    Abstract:
    The possible nexus between the girls’ puberty rites, the origin of Venus figurines, the witch cult in Western Europe and shamanism in Eastern Europe and Asia is discussed. It is a possibility that the Venus figurines can be associated with both the girl’s puberty rites and the hunting magic. In many recorded accounts from the modern times, the puberty rites are mainly there to exclude girls at puberty due to their ‘evil’ influence. The mistress of animals who is associated with the witch cult is supposed to help hunter-gatherers with their search for the game. Considering the connections between witch cult, shamanism and the girls at puberty, it is reasoned that the seeming contradiction between the seclusion of girls at puberty and the association of female personage/s with hunting may be dismissible.
    Notes:
    Like the preceding article "Prehistoric Venuses and Puberty Rites" , this article was also first published by the authour on the personal blog: www.thelureofnoma.com in Oct 2011 Arachige, D. 2011 Witches, Shamans & the Girls at Puberty, http://www.thelureofnoma.com
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    Last Updated:
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