Another fav of my art ‘drooling’ collection by Ana Cruz
Wednesday May 19th is all about Callynteria, Egyptian Mystery, and Hathor!
Athens (Greece) would have been hopping on this day in Ancient History because it was all about rituals, rites, cleaning, washing, cleansing, and Athena!
The day was called Callynteria, And on this day, a Feast of Adorning would be held in honor of a classical Goddess named Athena. However, this one was not all about partying it down (in which Greeks were known to do). No, it was about going to the Erecththeum, which happened to be the Sacred Sanctuary of Athena, and putting on the cleaning gloves. Not only did the Sanctuary itself have to be scrubbed from top to bottom, but the Goddess’ statue had to be purified, and her clothes removed and washed.
Only members of the Praxiegidae family could foresee to these duties, rites, and rituals of atonement, along with the Plyntrides–priestesses –women–of the Goddess Athena.
On Plynteria–the actual day of cleaning the statue, no Greek would dare to muck about with business of any matter, either. It was considered very unlucky to do so.
Now peeking into Ancient Egypt, we have some other interesting things going down. All of which, happens to do with their Goddess Hathor. According to Egyptian Calendar, Hathor returned to the Land of Punt on this day in Ancient History, which broke the hearts of many other Goddesses and caused them indescribable amounts of sadness.
Now, as for the mystery…that would exist with the Land of Punt because to this day, the place baffles the mind of what’s real and what’s surreal. Once mentioned as a trading expedition by Queen Hatshepsut, there was plenty of record kept proving that it was a real life location, rather than something simply existing in the world of the Gods & Goddesses. Some evidence suggests that it may have been located in present day Somalia, but whatever it was concerning Hathor (if it was something different) and or if this location was correct….remains a mystery.
A little announcement. Yes, Ancient Calendar is the same as Pagan Holidays. I just thought this title might be a bit more accurate. We also have our own page, located Ancient Calendar.