“L’acqua nelle sue profondità o le sorgenti… che nate da se stesse erano dèi”. Note sugli usi rituali dell’acqua in Europa

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[automatically translated] Water is perceived in the archaic and ancient societies as a basic element if not the very principle of all life, and consequently refers to the powers of creation and generation that in prehistoric reality, Paleolithic and Neolithic, but also in those proto and the ancient world are more often connoted as feminine. Specifically, the mythical-ritual imagery of historical civilizations presents the celestial water (dew, rain) and fluvial widely characterized as a male element, virile seed, while the sources, springs, wells, thermal water springs that flow from the bowels of the earth are widely perceived as office and / or expression of those powers telluric / goddesses of fertility and fertility, more or less exactly, the historical and religious literature refers to as "heirs" of the Great goddesses, Big mothers, Mothers of prehistoric Earth. No coincidence that the cult of the spring waters are often associated, at least since the Bronze Age but not infrequently even before, with those deep caverns intended as a passage towards the bowels of the earth, home to chthonic deities related to the spheres of fruitfulness and life-beyond-death. You claim, therefore, already within the prehistoric and proto-community, even regardless of the actual therapeutic qualities of certain mineral and thermal waters, acquoree deities (and connected sanctuaries and water) cults which has the power to restore order the cosmos and the mondandolo body of all evil and all unrighteousness; ie the power to convert death into life: both because of the intrinsic creative power / sorter held water as a principle and support of all life and every production process, since because of the consequent need to get into positive relationship with the sacred divine powers / entity in the lodge waters and through these they occur. If on the one hand, as well observes Lantier, "sont les sources d'prodigues effects salutaires et l'eau est un facteur de guérison" because "elle sont of divine origin", the other is because of non separability between profane and sacred dimension of existence, inherent in archaic and traditional societies and interrelated perceived dependence of natural reality and its processes by transcendent powers of the human dimension,
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationIl bagno ebraico di Siracusa e la sacralità delle acque nelle culture mediterranee: atti del seminario di studio (Siracusa, 2-4 maggio 2011)
Number of pages46
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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NameMachina Philosophorum: testi e studi dalle culture euromediterranee

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