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by Archaeology Newsroom

Weaving on mount Olympos. Athena weaves, Artemis spins, Zeus misappropriates and Dionysos destroys

It is not easy to define or directly reveal the relationship between a deity and the art of weaving as may be the case with other human deeds. It is analyzed in many circles, technical and symbolic ones. Weaving was never absolutely and exclusively connected with a deity or ritual. But it is connected with rituals and feasts of different deities, bringing down to us various notions and symbolisms. The elements from the cycle of weaving that appear in a cult are characterized by coherence and consistency as regards a specific deity and they are always related to other activities and qualities of the deity; however,where weaving itself is concerned, that is the series of activities aiming at making textiles, these elements are splinted off. Techniques and activities of the weaving procedure are protected by or related to different deities and belong to various kinds of worship. Therefore, it might be useful to deal briefly with the cycle of weaving activities.