Chapter 5

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Classical Studies
CLST 105
Florence Yoon

Chapter 5 Women in Greek Mythology Great Goddess deity who was worshipped as creator before male gods might signify existence of matriarchal society meaning of artifacts uncertain give birth to universe without sexparthenogenesis source of life death and transfigurationrebirth triple nature heaven earth Underworld virgin mother old woman made up of opposites Symbols serpent immortality skin shedding life death rebirth moon menstrual cycle swelling of wombwaxwane of crescent reborn every month link between physical and spiritual realms of death contradictory elements of light darkness vessel body of Great Goddess womb of creation container of the waters of life descent to Underworld return to womb other common symbols birds flight links earth and sky sows fertility cows
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