Re: [ANE-2] The pot and the womb
- I am not a mystical believer, though I've no doubt there were many in the
past, and know little of the subject. But you asked about a connection
with pot burials - a subject I published on in the 1970's. I found a
relationship between salt making evidence - Briquetage - and evidence of
the distribution of the Urnfielders in Europe during the Hallstatt
period. They proceeded east to west but bypassed Brittany until the
later Iron Age (La Tene).
Philosophically the closest association with the 'mysteries' that I can
come is that salt was seen as one of the 'mysteries' - and to this day
mineral processes are kept secret and locked up in bank vaults (Coco Cola
is one of them as we all know) and I know a saltmaker who keeps his
process locked up in a bank, as did his father before him. I suppose
what I am suggesting is that philosophical ways were found to cope with
things that were not understood in antiquity. And alhough 'mystical'
has a religious bent, that differentiates it from 'mysteries' - may, in
this way be connected.
I know I will quic kly be corrected by those more informed if I am wrong
>What¬Ýremains interesting to me as well is if there is a connection to potBeatrice Hopkinson,
>burials¬Ýas evidenced at Eleusis and other areas throughout the
>Mediterranean and ancient world.
>From: "sbudin@..." <sbudin@...>
>Sent: Mon, March 29, 2010 12:58:02 PM
>Subject: [ANE-2] The pot and the womb
>On page 63 of his work _Birth in Babylonia and the Bible_ M. Stol
>remarks concerning parturition: "An incantation is to be recited.
>Several images of streaming water clearly evoke the amniotic water and
>the child that should come out, after 'the pot has been broken.'"
>Can anyone on the list offer any bibliography or suggestions for
>further research on the symbolic association between pots/jars and the
>womb/childbirth? I would really appreciate a response this time.
>Rutgers University, Camden
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