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Ariadne's Thread: Awakening the Wonders of the Ancient Minoans in our Modern Lives Paperback – August 16, 2013
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"This is not reconstructionism, but is a bridging between Neopagan spirituality and the surviving practices of pagan Crete. Built on sound research and visionary ritualism, I fully recommend Ariadne's Thread to Neopagan seekers of Graeco spirituality." - Raven Digitalis, Neopagan Priest, cofounder of Opus Aima Obscurae
"Readers looking to weave their spiritual practices with the sage teachings of the ancient Minoans will return to the marvelous loom of Ariadne's Thread again and again." - Timothy Roderick, author of Wicca: A Year and a Day
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- Publisher : Moon Books (August 16, 2013)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 221 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1782791108
- ISBN-13 : 978-1782791102
- Item Weight : 9.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.58 x 0.54 x 8.52 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,778,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Actually is was quite delightful.
Like the author states in her introduction, I have always been fascinated by the lore of ancient Greece and the mythology of the Gods. I had no idea that there was so much that predated and influenced the genesis of those ideologies. Especially that of the Cretans. Perry does a remarkable job weaving a natural story arc through an encyclopedia’s worth of fact, making you swim faster and faster through the sea of information. From the history of ancient Crete to the cultural and anthropological influences they’ve had on modern thinking – the tidal wave of information could have easily consumed the reader like an academic text, but the narrator’s voice has a clear point of view that reads more like a friend telling you stories than a professor force feeding you history:
“When Evans excavated Knossos and examined his finds, he was working from the viewpoint of a wealth, imperialistic chauvinistic Englishman.”
The book is enriched with wonderful illustrations of both ancient and modern origins which further help bridge the gap between these ancient people and today’s world. And the book concludes with numerous pages of rites and rituals especially crafted to pay homage to these deities and they land in which they were originally worshipped:
“ … [I’ve] incorporated the concept of the elemental orientations into these rituals, but rather than use one of the more familiar modern orientations, I have devised an element orientation specific to the island of Crete. I have placed fire and water in the east, since …”
Engaging story + informative encyclopedic chapters + detailed rituals for the modern practitioner. I highly recommend Ariadne’s Thread for any person who collects stories on ancient culture and religion, or who are like me, and simply want to get lost in the Mediterranean for a while.
The bulk of the book is made up of rituals that we can include in our modern Pagan calendar. The Minoans valued individuality, and each of the rituals can easily be adapted to the needs of your own community. She offers a lovely blend of the ancient and modern in each rite. For example, in the ritual to the ancestors, she retains the old custom of smashing the goblet that you’ve used to toast the ancestors, but suggests that the modern version of burying offerings of food might mean adding them to your garden compost pile.
My favorite parts of Ariadne’s Thread were those about the labyrinth. The author focuses on “the role of the goddess in personal initiation and enlightenment. It is in this role that Ariadne heals, and it is this function that inspired the concept of the labyrinth.” The initiation ritual, which involves setting up a personal labyrinth in a darkened room for the initiate to navigate, is delightful.
I recommend this book for anyone interested in ancient Greece and its foundations, as well as Pagans who are interested in exploring the myths, deities, and rituals of other cultures. You’ll discover much food for thought and implementation!