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AAvalon: Olympic Ritual to Hestia

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From: (Anne B. "Nonie" Rider)
Subject: Re: AAvalon: Olympic Ritual to Hestia
Date: 27 Jun 1996 22:34:34 GMT (GreyHawke) wrote:

> Yes, they honored Zeus.  But there is strong evidence that the Olympic
> games began before patriarchy came in.  And these games were for Hera and
> they were woman's games.
> The northern tribes conquered the Greek area and brought patriarchy
> with them.  They also brought Zeus and changed a lot of the myths.  (For
> example, 'Hurcules' was once "Heracles" and was Hera's great warrior, not
> her enemy.)  When Zeus came in he raped Hera and forced her to marry him.
> Also, the Delphi Oracle began with just women.  When patriarchy came the
> women were thrown out (except for the prophesy priestess - but a priest
> interpreted) and the Oracle was given to Apollo.

With love, sister (or brother), please check the level of scholarship
in your sources. There is little or no evidence for these claims;
they are a modern feminist attempt to unravel ancient tangles in yarn
that fell to dust years ago. I sympathize DEEPLY with the desire to
find the face of the Goddess among those stomping gods, but we still
need to keep speculation separate from scholarship.

--Nonie, with apologies

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