The possible nexus between the girls’ puberty rites, the origin of Venus figurines, the witch cult in Western Europe and shamanism in Eastern Europe and Asia is discussed. It is a possibility that the Venus figurines can be associated with both the girl’s puberty rites and the hunting magic. In many recorded accounts from the modern times, the puberty rites are mainly there to exclude girls at puberty due to their ‘evil’ influence. The mistress of animals who is associated with the witch cult is supposed to help hunter-gatherers with their search for the game. Considering the connections between witch cult, shamanism and the girls at puberty, it is reasoned that the seeming contradiction between the seclusion of girls at puberty and the association of female personage/s with hunting may be dismissible.
The possibility of some association between the Prehistoric Venus Figurines and the seclusion of girls at puberty can be more than mere speculation (Arachige 2009 & 2010). The scholars such as Frazer (1993), Benedict (1934) and Richards (1962) extensively studied the rites pertaining to the puberty of girls even though they didn’t discuss the reasons for the origin of such rites. In this article what is attempted is to find some parallels between the puberty rites of the girls and two other cultural constructs, namely, shamanism and witch cult, as practiced by European cultures in the recent past and place such rites in the perspective of socio-cultural environment in the pre-historic times.
Thus, the main hypothesis posited in this article is that the seclusion of girls at puberty rituals might have preceded the cultural traits such as shamanism and witch cult. Therefore, it is very probable that in Europe, the fear of first menstruation receded and branched off into three separate cultural elements; the ‘mistress of the game’ cult which might have later developed into the witch cult, the shamanism and the residual fear of menstruation…………………………………….READ THE REST IN THE ATTACHED PAPER!!!!!
(It has been a long time since my last post. Due to some harrowing circumstances, I couldn’t work on the site for a while. With much difficulty and delay, I could finish a paper I was working on and is published here under the title “Witches, Shamans and the Girls at Puberty”. Hope this add some value to the discussion about the importance of the puberty rite to interpret Paleolithic Venus figurines.)
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