Artemis

The Arktoi of Brauron

Artemis (2015)
Giclee Print 59cm x 81cm unframed
In Brauron, near Athens, stands the sanctuary of Artemis. In her aspect as fierce mother bear, she was guardian of girls as they grow into women. In order to atone for the killing of a bear in the grove, Athenian girls would be sent to Brauron for a year where they lived in the wild, learning archery, skinning and preparing meat alongside the mysteries of womanhood. The girls were said to be "playing the bear" for Artemis and were known as Arktoi, little she bears.
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