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• Discusses Greece and Rome in every one bankruptcy, with sensitivity to the continuities and modifications among the 2 classical civilizations
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• Covers inventive and literary genres, a variety of social environments of sexual behavior, and the technical disciplines of drugs, magic, physiognomy, and dream interpretation
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In other traditions, such as that of the Mandja (Central African Republic), potters are not permitted to have sexual relations during the lengthy process of making pottery because it is believed that the clash of two equally potent sacred activities might prove disastrous to both potters and their creations.  Mende trysts at the riverside, abode of the female divinity Sowo, also reveal the significance of courtship rituals.  Nearer the Page 16 time of the wedding, the bride is secluded from the community, except for certain family members and (typically) female attendants who prepare her for the wedding ceremony and for marriage.

In other traditions, such as that of the Mandja (Central African Republic), potters are not permitted to have sexual relations during the lengthy process of making pottery because it is believed that the clash of two equally potent sacred activities might prove disastrous to both potters and their creations.  Mende trysts at the riverside, abode of the female divinity Sowo, also reveal the significance of courtship rituals.  Nearer the Page 16 time of the wedding, the bride is secluded from the community, except for certain family members and (typically) female attendants who prepare her for the wedding ceremony and for marriage.

Women’s secret societies like Sande of the Mende of Sierra Leone, with its reverence of Sowo and Tingoi (the mermaid), goddesses or spirits of the waters, its complex initiation process, its masked rites, and its elaborate ethical and aesthetic codes, are likewise evocative of such a spiritual tradition and culture.  Nevertheless, these traditions offer illuminating insights into the intersection of sexuality, gender, and spiritual life.  Especially in southern African rock art, nonhuman figures such as circles, crocodiles, snakes, and genet cats also signify fertility and potency.

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