Minoan Crete was a rich, varied and complex culture whose achievements in every aspect of life have been studied and are still being studied worldwide. In this course, we aim to further understand the significance of the Minoan Rituals and their relation to the rituals of modern civilizations. The ritual is a total of practices that have a spiritual and/or indicative character. It is also considered as the performance of an act with formality and solemnity.
The content of this online course gives us the chance to meet a world in which gods, goddesses, monsters, magic and religious symbolism play a significant role. Think of how many similar rituals, with a formal substance, operate as milestones in our lives nowadays. All of the above will be analyzed further and in detail in this online course part of the Arts and Culture category. After successfully completing the lessons, the participant will receive a training certificate while acquiring a magnificent one time experience.
The programme is addressed not only to students of Archaeology but also to the broader public, especially those with a particular interest in prehistoric/protohistoric times in the broader eastern Mediterranean area.
In this programme, we are going to address the theme of Minoan ritual performance as documented both by the archaeological and the iconographic evidence. In general, rites were and are still performed in specific loci, in a specific sequence and probably in certain periods of time. Material culture remains to provide adequate data for religious activities in outdoor spaces (open areas of tombs, peak sanctuaries) as well as indoors (caves, domestic and palatial shrines). Iconography, as for instance frescoes, seals and sealings, clay models, stone relief vases and other, enrich our information on what has been characterized as religious or ritual actions. Following a set of criteria one may proceed to a categorization of the Minoan rites: sacrifice, baetylic, costuming, flower, initiation rites and other. However, as the study of Minoan Crete continues, the pictorial evidence proves the complexity of the problem as a whole.
Lesson 1: Introduction - Archaeological and Iconographic evidence (Sacrifice Ritual)
Firstly, we make an intro to the theme of Minoan ritual performance as documented both by the archaeological and the iconographic evidence and then we continue with empasis on Sacrifice rituals.
Lesson 2: Iconographic Evidence (Baetylic - Robe Rituals)
Here we are going to address the theme of Minoan ritual performance as documented by iconographic evidence with emphasis on Baetylic and Robe Rituals.
Lesson 3: Iconographic Evidence (Flower Ritual -Initiation Rites)
In this lesson, we are going to address the theme of Minoan ritual performance as documented by iconographic evidence with emphasis on Flower Ritual and Initiation Rites.
Lesson 4: Iconographic Evidence (Dance Ritual- Procession - Music)
Finally, we are going to address the theme of Minoan ritual performance as documented by iconographic evidence with emphasis on Dance Ritual, Procession, and Music.