fertility rites

fertility rites,

magico-religious ceremonies to insure an abundance of food and the birth of children. The rites, expressed through dances, prayers, incantations, and sacred dramas, seek to control the otherwise unpredictable forces of nature. In primitive agricultural societies natural phenomena, such as rainfall, the fecundity of the earth, and the regeneration of nature were frequently personified. One of the most important pagan myths was the search of the earth goddess for her lost (or dead) child or lover (e.g., Isis and Osiris, Ishtar and Tammuz, Demeter and Persephone). This myth, symbolizing the birth, death, and reappearance of vegetation, when acted out in a sacred drama, was the fertility rite par excellence. Other rites concerned with productivity include acts of sympathetic magicmagic,
in religion and superstition, the practice of manipulating and controlling the course of nature by preternatural means. Magic is based upon the belief that the universe is populated by unseen forces or spirits that permeate all things.
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, such as kindling of fires (symbolizing the sun) and scattering the reproductive organs of animals on the fields, displays of phallic symbols, and ritual prostitution. In India it was once believed that a fertile marriage would result if virgins were first deflowered by means of the lingam, a stone phallus symbolizing the god Shiva. Sacrifices of both humans and animals were believed to release the powers embodied within them and so make the fields or forests productive where the sacrifices had taken place. Many ancient fertility rites have persisted in modified forms into modern times. The Maypole dance derives from spring rituals glorifying the phallus.
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Last day of the annual fertility rites, where devotees dance on the streets of Obando in Bulacan province in honor of three different saints in a bid to have children, a good spouse or a good harvest or income.
After joining traditional fertility rites in honor of certain patron saints, their prayers are answered but unexpected circumstances lead to their baby's death.
Similarly, Easter's date linked with popular spring fertility rites, so greet spring with eggs and sweets to celebrate Earth's bounty.
Other theories include villagers celebrating fertility rites, celebrating having pure water after the 14th century Black Death and celebrating having any water at all after a 17th century drought.
What one can boast of concerning the origin of Ier is that Ier is connected to the group of fertility rites among the Masev people in Tivland, that their origin is undoubtedly directed towards aquiring the goodwill of the ancestors, and their favourable co-operation in the affair of the living (Ordugh Gbe, oral interview).
Experts have speculated that llamas may have even been used in fertility rites.
Instead, I connect with prehistory and heritage by touring sites of sacred stones associated with ancient astronomical, burial, and fertility rites in southern Portugal.
(6) On the basis of the many dancers known from the earliest written records to have been associated with temples, it seems fairly certain that ritual dance has been intimately connected with ancestor communion and fertility rites in the area of Cambodia from the most ancient times.
Especially if they didn't jump high enough and they singed their fertility rites.
Mardi Gras has its roots in pagan culture and spring fertility rites dating back thousands of years.
Traditionally worn by men, nkaki (or 'male') masks were worn at the initiation of adolescent boys into the tribe, and were also used in hunting and fertility rites. African ritual masks also take precedence on the stand of Brussels gallery Serge Schoffel, which presents its collection of Bete masks originating from the Ivory Coast.
His explication is a complicated tapestry of religious symbolism, woven from the threads of "folklore, Neolithic fertility rites, archaeological and anthropological explorations, Christian symbolism, theosophical syncretism, and the Fraser-elaborated sacral king/ dying-god mythologem" (4), as well as from earlier continental vampire texts.