The Arktoi

June 20, 2010

posted by Caroline Picard

When Girls Become Bears

In Ancient Greece the young girls, I heard, the young girls turned teenagers, just on the cusp of fertility, when young girls are most dangerous, those young girls in Ancient Greece they were brought to the temple of Artemis, where they dressed in bear skins and behaved as bears for a prescribed amount of time, in order to use up all the feral nastiness on one another instead of subjecting such dangerous tempers on the world. Artemis, she guides the genders through transitions thus, at that time, girls became bears at the age of 5 after which their wildness was stressed, and at the age of 10 they emerged from her temple, marriageable.

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