Feeling Through the Body

Gesture in Cretan Bronze Age Religion
  • Christine Morris
  • Alan Peatfield

Abstract

The origins of this paper lay in an archaeological problem: the understanding of the variety of gestures of clay figurines we had excavated from a mountain peak sanctuary of the Cretan Bronze Age. As we discuss in greater detail below, such figurines from other peak sanctuaries, portraying the worshippers at the sanctuary, have been usually interpreted as representing gestures of worship, adoration, and supplication. While understandable within the conventions of applying familiar western religious norms to the reading of ancient religion, such an interpretation seemed to undervalue the essential physicality of the figurine gestures. Moreover the sanctuary findspot placed the physicality of the gestures firmly within the context of ritual action, the understanding of which has benefitted enormously from contemporary anthropological and archaeological interest in the body.

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Clay Amid Expense Excavation Boulder 

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