Her priestesses, bare-breasted, practiced ritual snake handling, ecstatic dancing, and prophetic trance. Priestess-queens ruled Crete, the last culture in recorded history to support equality.
Ariadne, ""The High Fruitful One,"" brings Rebirth. This lunar fertility goddess was known for her athletic prowess. Serpents, symbols of rebirth, were ritually handled by her priestesses, whose bare-breasted costumes suggest the sacred role of sexuality in the Minoan culture.
[Candia Museum, Crete, 1600-1500 BCE]
8 3/4"" gypsumstone statue, handpainted.