Le nymphai e l'acqua in Sicilia: l'imagerie vascolare

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[automatically translated] The paper analyzes some siceliote vascular portrayals in context, recalling with a more or less articulated link to the use of water in the female initiation practices. The images, associating and being composed in the contexts, indicate the water as the central element that marks the stages of a woman's life, bringing it, starting from birth, by the liminal and wild way to that of sexual maturation, the institution of marriage, motherhood up to the otherworldly status. It reveals a much more complex reality and composite than we can rebuild squeezing often within categories of interpretation, and the central institution of marriage - in sacred contexts, domestic and funeral - not only in relation to the biological maturity of the woman, but also to the conquest of his social identity.
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationCultura e religione delle acque. Atti del convegno interdisciplinare "Qui fresca l'acqua mormora ..." (S. Quasimodo, Sapph. fr. 2,5)
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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