Mesopotamia -- i. Birth Rituals ii. Puberty rituals iii. Marriage Rituals iv. Fertility Rituals v. Death rituals vi. Other rites involving women’s bodies vii. Women participating in male rites of passage viii. Summary of women’s rituals in Mesopotamia
Recovering Women’s Rituals in the Ancient Near East - Julye Bidmead
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Julye Bidmead is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Chapman University in California. She is the author of The Akitu Festival: Religious Continuity and Royal Legitimation in Mesopotamia (2002) and is a senior staff member on the Megiddo Expedition and on the Tel Jezreel Expedition.
Using combined methodologies of feminist ideological criticism, ritual studies, and a re-examination of archaeological remains this book offers reconstructions of women’s rituals and rites of passage in ancient Israel, Canaan, and Mesopotamia during the first millennium BCE.