Women, Pilgrimage, and Rituals of Healing in Modern and Ancient Greece: A Comparison
This book investigates religious rituals and gender in modern and ancient Greece, with a specific focus on women’s role in connection with healing. How can we come to understand such mainstays of ancient culture as its healing rituals, when the male recorders did not, and could not, know or say much about what occurred, since the rituals were carried out by women? The book proposes that one way of tackling this dilemma is to attend similar healing rituals in modern Greece, carried out by women, and compare the information with ancient sources, thus providing new ways of interpreting the ancient material we possess. Carrying out fieldwork—being present during, often, enduring rituals within cultures, despite other changes—teaches one whole new ways of looking at written and pictorial records of such events. By bringing ancient and modern worlds into mutual illumination, this text also has relevance beyond the Greek context both in time and space.
Evy Johanne Håland holds a PhD in History, and is a Lifetime Norwegian Government Grant Holder. She is a former Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow in the Department of Archaeology and History of Art at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and she previously worked as a Lecturer/Research Fellow in History at the University of Bergen, Norway. Her publications include Greek Festivals, Modern and Ancient: A Comparison of Female and Male Values (two volumes, 2017) Rituals of Death and Dying in Modern and Ancient Greece: Writing History from a Female Perspective (2014), and Women, Pain and Death: Rituals and Everyday-Life on the Margins of Europe and Beyond (2008).
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