Cults and rites of passage in Ancient Thessaly
Proceedings of the international conference Βορειοελλαδικά held in International conference in honour of Miltiades B. Hatzopoulos
The aim of the paper is to reanimate the discussion on Thessalian rites of passage, in the light of supplementary epigraphic evidence, directly or indirectly related to local age-classes and pertinent ritualized attitudes. Focusing on age-classes is conditioned by the fact that their existence in a given society is a prerequisite for the performance of age-changing rites of passage. Archaeological evidence will be taken into consideration as well, in particular groups of votives from Thessalian sanctuaries dedicated to kourotrophic deities, who presided over the passage between the various stages of the human biological and social life. Lastly, attention will be paid to legendary narrations, which recount attitudes as well as feats of young Thessalian heroic figures.