Guest Post: Why does Marriage Bring Miasma?
I’ve never ever understood this one (though it always amused me) so I’m very grateful for the insight of the Dionysian Artist for clarifying. I”m posting here with his permission.
“A note on miasma and marriage. Within the discussion of miasma people are expressing puzzlement at why being involved / witnessing a marriage causes miasma. This is really an issue with our current culture. Our view on death are extremely limited. A marriage was synonymous with a funeral, likewise was initiatory mystery tradition. Marriage, funeral and initiation were all linked. It was an act of killing off one identity and creating a new one, especially for the bride. These traditions still continue today, it’s just we forget their meaning. But they usually include name changing (in fact if we examine every traditional aspect of the modern marriage ceremony it has direct parallels with The Eleusinian Mysteries.) The Eleusinian Mysteries was itself a ‘re-enactment’ of the marriage of Kore to Haides – the death of Kore and rebirth of her as Persephone. That is why marriage causes miasma. We are witnessing the death of the maiden to become a woman.”
Thank you, Markos!
Posted on August 10, 2016, in Bacchic Things, hellenic things, Polytheism, Uncategorized and tagged Bacchic Things, Hellenic Things, Markos the Dionysian Artist, marriage, miasma. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.