Acqua di mare e sale nei riti purificatori greci

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Cristiana Zaccagnino


Water is the first element we think about when we want to purify something, someone, a place, or ourselves. Water played an important role also in the ancient Greek world. Saltwater, as well as salt on its own, seems to have been regarded as more effective than freshwater: Iphigenia affirms that ‘sea washes away all men’s evils’ (Euripides, Iphigeneia in Tauris, 1153). Because of its characteristics, the sea was considered a suitable medium for carrying out purification, ordeal, and punishment. In addition seawater seems to have a special relation with the sexual sphere, sometimes when taboos have been violated.

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ZACCAGNINO, Cristiana. Acqua di mare e sale nei riti purificatori greci. O T I V M, [S.l.], n. 2, set. 2017. ISSN 2532-0335. Disponibile all'indirizzo: <>. Data di accesso: 16 ott. 2019