Athenian Wedding

Athenian Wedding
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  • The Day of Proaulia
  • Artemis Goddess of Childbirth and Virginity i offer you a lock of my hair please accept my gift
  • The Wedding Day
  • In front of witness, I give this girl to you for the creation of children.
  • The Final Day Of the Ceremony
  • Once the Day of Proaulia had arrived the bride would offer special sacrifices, such as locks of hair and her childhood toys to Artemis goddess of childhood and virginity
  • Before the procession began, there was a ritual to show that the bride had been given to her new husband. The groom grabbed the bride's while her father handed her over. After this event, the procession was treated as if the bride was being held captive. There was a great deal of sadness as she left he childhood home to begin a life as a mother of her own children.
  • On the final day the couple was awakened with songs from the maidens who had stayed up awake all night and some of the male guests. The spotlight still on the bride as she was offered gifts i her new oikos. The lyrics once again highlighted the transition of the bride to her new status of mistress of her husband's household.
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