The Pythia’s Appointment and Oracular Practice: Historical, Anthropological, and Cognitive Perspectives

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Abstract

In this essay, I would like to focus on the mode of the Pythia’s functioning. I will begin with a short introduction on the Pythia’s role as an ecstatic medium or Apollo’s mouthpiece. Then I will dwell on my two main points, starting with the mechanism allowing these women to enter the state of prophetic engoddedness,
enthousiasmos, on set days. Finally, I will discuss the possible reasons for certain women of Delphi to be chosen to serve as prophetic priestesses.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDelphi
Subtitle of host publicationApollons Orakel in der Welt der Antike
EditorsB. Bäbler , H.-G. Nesselrath
Place of PublicationTübingen
PublisherMohr Siebeck GmbH and Co. KG
Chapter2
Pages119-133
Number of pages15
Volume7
ISBN (Electronic)9783161610585
ISBN (Print)9783161575709
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

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