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Unformatted text preview: Minoan palaces had plenty of storage spaces, indicating their role as important economic centers. The palace was not unlike a Mesopotamian or Sumerian temple. Basement rooms were used for offerings to the earth gods/ancestors. Women are depicted in very prominent roles in Minoan art. They are shown as separate from men while performing rituals. Knossos had narrow doorways leading to the basement. The basement was used for ritual activities. The basement was originally thought to be a place for ritual bathing. Traces of frescoes have been found on the walls. A throne was also found, flanked by frescoes of griffins. Griffins were a common iconographic symbol of the Bronze Age. Statues of “snake goddesses” have been found, wearing the Minoan heavy skirt with a bare bodice, a tall crown, and her body covered with snakes. This may be a goddess, a priestess or a priestess dressed as a goddess. The snakes may be related to the earth and the worship of cathonian gods.cathonian gods....
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2009 for the course CLAR 120 taught by Professor Haggis during the Fall '08 term at UNC.
- Fall '08