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« Reply #6: October 30, 2010, 12:17:28 am »

I was commenting more on the explanation given as to why sex acts were considered polluting as that explanation just does not make much sense with respect to the Greek Gods. I think we need to look elsewhere for an explanation for these deities.

Parker (like Douglas) posits that miasma association with death and birth involve the ritualization of transitional moments; that pollution is a property that either violates societal concepts of boundary, or that lies in the liminal spaces between. The more elaborate purification rituals (usually associated with blood-letting and/or murder) have strong elements of reintegration; the individual, having trangressed societal boundaries, must be specially prepared to rejoin society after the act. (Of course this is not an all-encompassing explanation; not all transitions are/were considered polluting or transgressive.)
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