By Maria Grazia Lancellotti
This quantity bargains with the determine of Attis. The paintings goals to re-evaluate the legendary and cultic information regarding this personality, attempting to supply evidence of the procedures of "construction" and "reconstruction" that experience contributed to the moulding of the various different types of Attis that constructed due to quite a few calls for inside of various spiritual traditions. After an advent in regards to the background of the stories, the 1st half examines the oldest proof on Attis, resorting to comparability with spiritual traditions previous to or modern with Phrygian tradition. the second one half tackles the classical international and collects the weather of continuity and of innovation in admire of Asianic non secular traditions. The 3rd half analyses the matter of the strategies of reinterpretation of the normal cults that either the "pagan" philosophers and the fathers of the Church effected. The hyperlink among Attis and loss of life is mentioned within the fourth half.
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Extra resources for Attis: Between Myth and History: King, Priest and God
Pausanias defines him as daimon, stressing his characteristics of mediator between the divine and human worlds 42 . He acts as a hinge between those two dimensions, unlike Attis who, even with his miraculous birth, to all intents and purposes, belongs to the earthly world. Even the parallel proposed by Roller43 between the birth of Agdis- 40 Cf. Sfameni Gasparro 1985, p. 41: "Agdistis, born from a rock or from the earth, is a divine being expressing the savage violence of the forces of nature, unbounded and uncontrolled.
96 Cf. Pecchioli Daddi - Polvani 1990, p. 43. , for example, Brelich 1958, passim. 34 CHAPTER TWO unbridgeable chasm between the human and divine levels, but also the possibility of a relationship between these two dimensions. However, this relationship must be regulated through ritual links, not those that are passionate/sexual98 or reproductive 99 . An exclusive and destructive relationship is also set up between Attis and Agdistis/the Great Mother. The theme of "excess" is present both in the "Lydian" version, where it is Zeus who ends the relationship, and in the "Phrygian" version, where it is Attis himself, but provoked by the goddess, who commits suicide by self emasculation.
Autori Vari 2001 and ch. 4 in the present book. 4 Cosi 1982, p. 494. THE ROOTS OF THE MYTH 17 blico e collettivo, volta ad assicurare la prosperita e la fecondita dei campi"5. Cosi continues his detailed examination, inspired by the thesis of "alcuni studiosi" (not further specified) according to whom Telipinu, during his absence, was imagined to be "dead". Based on this theory he further proposes the hypothesis that "tale 'morte', una volta intesa come morte reale del dio invece che come rappresentazione della sua assenza, possa essere stata collegata nei rituali alIa morte reale di ogni singolo uomo"6.