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  Korybantes - Definition, explanation
In the Greek telling of Zeus' birth, the Kouretes' ritual clashing spears and shields were interpreted as intended to drown out the infant god's cries, and prevent his discovery by his father Cronus.
The French classicist Henri Jeanmaire has convincingly shown that both the Kouretes and Cretan Zeus (called "the greatest kouros" in Cretan hymns) were intimately connected with the transition of young men into manhood in Cretan cities (in Couroi et Courètes: essai sur l'éducation spartiate et sur les rites d'adolescence dans l'antiquité hellénique, Lille, 1939).
Korybantes or Kouretes also presided over the infancy of Dionysus, another god who was born as a babe, and of Zagreus, a Cretan child of Zeus.
www.calsky.com /lexikon/en/txt/k/ko/korybantes.php   (369 words)

  
 Lasithi Plateau, LASITHI, Crete, GREECE - Dilos Holiday World
The god's upbringing was closely connected with the nine Kouretes, the sons of Gaia, the Earth-goddess.
The Kouretes were the first to tame animals, invent the bow and teach men to live in peace together.
The Kouretes also invented the war dance and danced around the young Zeus clashing their swords and spears against their shields, and shouting and beating drums to drown the infant's cries.
www.dilos.com /location/11721   (1371 words)

  
 Titan (mythology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Only Zeus is saved: Rhea gives Cronus a stone in swaddling clothes in his place, and places him in Crete to be guarded by the Kouretes.
At some point in his reign, Zeus decides to give up the throne in favor of the infant Dionysus, who like the infant Zeus is guarded by the Kouretes.
The Titans decide to slay the child and claim the throne for themselves; they paint their faces white with gypsum, distract Dionysus with toys, then dismember him and boil and roast his limbs.
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 CURETES & DACTYLS : Greek daemones, gods of metal-working & the armed dance ; mythology : KOURETES & ...
The Kouretes were closely identified with, if not the same as, several other groups of Daimones, including the Korybantes Euboioi, the Korybantes Samothrakioi, the Kabeiroi, as well as Hoplodamos and his Gigantes, and the Kourete Anytos.
So much for the etymology of the word 'Kouretes.' The war-dance was a soldiers' dance; and this is plainly indicated both by the 'Pyrrhic dance,' and by 'Pyrrikhos,' who is said to be the founder of this kind of training for young men, as also by the treatises on military affairs.
The Kouretes bore him off to a certain cave where they gave him over to the Nymphai, with the command that they should minister to his every need And the Nymphai nurtured the child on a mixture of honey and milk and gave him upbringing at the udder of the goat which was named Amaltheia.
www.theoi.com /Georgikos/Kouretes.html   (9109 words)

  
 Kouretes - History
Rhea entrusted the guardianship of her son to the Daktyls (Fingers) of Ida, also known as the Cretan Kouretes.
The Kouretes brothers dressed in armor would "fight" outside the cave where Zeus was hidden, clashing spears and shields and keeping time to a rhythmic stamping of their feet.
It is said that one of Kouretes named Herakles (perhaps the earliest embodiment of the later hero Herculis) originated the Olympic Games by instigating a race among his four "finger" brothers.
www.intelligence.tuc.gr /kouretes/history.html   (232 words)

  
 From Ritual to Romance, Chapter 7 - Jesse L. Weston
When we remember that the Gandharvas are the Indian equivalent of the Satyrs the close parallel between the Maruts and the Kouretes, both alike bands of armed youths, of elementary origin, and connected with beings of a lower grade, is striking.
Thus the dance of the Kouretes should be considered as a ceremonial ritual action, rather than as a warlike exercise; it was designed to promote the fruitfulness of the earth, not to display the skill of the dancers in the handling of weapons.
The dance of the Korybantes is distinguished from that of the Kouretes by its less restrained, and more orgiastic character; it was a wild and whirling dance resembling that of the modern Dervishes, accompanied by self-mutilation and an unrhythmic clashing of weapons, designed, some writers think, to overpower the cries of the victims.
world.std.com /~raparker/exploring/books/frtr/1/frtr_ch07.html   (4350 words)

  
 HECATERIDES : Oread nymphs of the rustic dance ; Greek mythology : HEKATERIDES
The male and female Daktyloi were joined in marriage, "finger to finger" like the harmonious folding of the hands, and from this union were born the Satyroi, Oreiades, and dancing Kouretes.
The Hekaterides were probably closely identified with, if not the same as, the Meliai sister-wives of the Kouretes, and the Nymphai Kabeirides, orgiastic goddesses of the Samothrakian Mysteries.
THE OREIADES, THE SATYROI, THE KOURETES (by the Daktyloi) (Hesiod Frag 6, Strabo 10.3.19)
www.theoi.com /Nymphe/NymphaiHekaterides.html   (355 words)

  
 IAAP
But she was a keen observer of art, ritual and especially the degree to which collective emotion and its enthusiasms seemed to generate a coherent mythos that linked the natural and social order into a coherent whole.
The young god was shielded from destruction by the Kouretes who, in their youthful energy, leap for the gods and secure the safety and renewal of the crops, the animals, the cities, the ships, the "young citizens," and for godly Themis.
They are the Kouretes, dancing in the frenzy of a collective emotion that seeks to form a protective circle or shield around their young god.
www.iaap.org /articles/singerculture.html   (7655 words)

  
 Zeus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
On Crete, Zeus was represented in art as a long-haired youth rather than a mature adult, and hymned as ho megas kouros "the great youth".
With the Kouretes, a band of ecstatic armed dancers, he presided over the rigorous military-athletic training and secret rites of the Cretan paideia.
He was raised by a goat named Amalthea, while a company of Kouretes, soldiers, or smaller gods danced, shouted and clapped their hands to make noise so that Cronus would not hear the baby's cry.
www.1-free-software.com /en/wikipedia/z/ze/zeus_1.html   (2024 words)

  
 Korybantes - Freepedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The Phrygian Korybantes were often confused with other ecstatic male confraternities, such as the Idaean Dactyls or the Cretan Kouretes, who acted as guardians of the infant Zeus.
The French classicist Henri Jeanmaire has convincingly shown that both the Kouretes and Cretan Zeus (called "the greatest kouros" in Cretan hymns) were intimately connected with the transition of young men (kouroi) into manhood in Cretan cities (in Couroi et Courètes.
Although the Greek imagination tends to portray the Korybantes as mythical and virile, they may be modeled on the real world transsexual followers of Cybele in Phrygia, known at Rome as galli; the Greek construction of gender would have tended to suppress these links.
en.freepedia.org /Curetes.html   (350 words)

  
 Themis: Social Origins of Greek Religion
Above this grove is a mountain, Somissos, where they say the Kouretes took their stand and with the clash of their arms frightened the jealous Hera who was lying in wait, and helped Leto to conceal the birth.
Plato’s whole scheme alike of education and philosophy is but an attempted rationalization of the primitive mysticism of initiation, and most of all that profound and perennial mysticism of the central rite de passage, the death and the new birth, social moral, intellectual.
We saw how the Kouros invoked was a projection of his worshippers the Kouretes, and we noted that he was invoked for the year, that he was in fact the vehicle and incarnation of the fruits and blessings of the year.
phoenixandturtle.net /excerptmill/harrison.htm   (8008 words)

  
 Eleusis.htm
In this illustration they are two Kouretes, who dance round the throne with drawn swords while a kneeling woman holds a mirror in front of the delighted child.
In the Orphic continuation of the story, the Kouretes were replaced, as I have indicated, by the Titans.
Jealous Hera had instigated them to this: it was she who on a previous occasion had sent the Kouretes against Epaphos, the Dionysos-like son of Zeus and the cow-shaped Io.
www.geocities.com /Athens/Aegean/3193/dionysus.htm   (1778 words)

  
 From Ritual to Romance By Jessie L. Weston- Chapter 7 from Nalanda Digital Library at NIT Calicut   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
When we remember that the Gandharvas are the Indian equivalent of the Satyrs the close parallel between the Maruts and the Kouretes, both alike bands of armed youths, of elementary origin, and connected with beings of a lower grade, is striking.
Thus the dance of the Kouretes should be considered as a ceremonial ritual action, rather than as a warlike exercise; it was designed to promote the fruitfulness of the earth, not to display the skill of the dancers in the handling of weapons.
The dance of the Kourybantes is distinguished from that of the Kouretes by its less restrained, and more orgiastic character; it was a wild and whirling dance resembling that of the modern Dervishes, accompanied by a self-mutilation and unrhythmic clashing of weapons, designed, some writers think, to overpower the cries of the victims.
www.nalanda.nitc.ac.in /resources/english/etext-project/sociology/ritual/chapter7.html   (3857 words)

  
 To Sit in Solemn Silence?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In every case, the ritual of enthronement described by thronosis or thronismos entails a vigorous dancing around the initiate, who is bewildered by the treatment.
Sometimes the dancers are Kouretes or even Kabeiroi instead of Korybantes, but type of ritual remains the same.
This kind of Korybantic ritual appears in a number of representations, which show men, usually armed with spear and shield, dancing around a seated figure.
www.brynmawr.edu /classics/redmonds/thronosis.html   (656 words)

  
 Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal
The French classicist Henri Jeanmaire has shown that both the Kouretes and Cretan Zeus (called "the greatest kouros in Cretan hymns) were intimately connected with the transition of young men into manhood in Cretan cities (in Couroi et Courètes: essai sur l'éducation spartiate et sur les rites d'adolescence dans l'antiquité hellénique, Lille, 1939).
The scholar Jane Ellen Harrison wrote that besides being guardians, nurturers, and initiators of the infant Zeus, the Kouretes were primitive magicians and seers.
Hoplodamos and his Gigantes were counted among Korybantes, and Titan Anytos was considered a Kourete.
www.goupstate.com /apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=NEWS&template=wiki&text=Korybantes   (475 words)

  
 Kouretes
Kouretes is one of the topics in focus at Global Oneness.
Curetes Kouretes (Greek) The priests in the Mysteries of Rhea Cybele in Crete, and in Classical mythology daemons or demigods to whom Cybele entrusted the infant Zeus.
In Hesiod's Theogony the twelve Titans follow the Hundred-handers and Cyclopes as children of Ouranos, heaven, and Gaia, the Earth: "Afterwards she lay with Heaven and bore deep-swirling Oceanus, Coeus and Crius and Hyperion and Iapetus, Theia and Rhea, Themis and Mnemosyne and gold-crowned Phoebe and lovely Tethys.
www.experiencefestival.com /kouretes   (1980 words)

  
 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
As evidence of the connection between drumming and the definition of life, the Kouretes and Korybantes are sometimes referred to as “lords of the wind” and “Lords of the Breath of Life.” These elements must be remembered as well.
He referred to himself in cryptic language as the head of Euphorbus, in fact, he referred to himself as several “heads”, Orpheus, and the Kouretes (who supposedly beheaded their brother and placed his head on a shield).
Pythagorus became a Kourete on Delos as a young man. Head in Greek is Kranion, it is also the other name of “Aries”.
www.eliasartista.com /timeanswers.html   (5917 words)

  
 The Titans - Crystalinks
Only Zeus is saved: Rhea gives Cronus a stone in swaddling clothes in his place, and places him in Crete to be guarded by the Kouretes.
He was raised by a goat named Amalthea, while a company of Kouretes, soldiers, or smaller gods danced, shouted, and clapped their hands to make noise so that Cronus would not hear the baby's cries.
He was suckled by a goat named Amalthea, while a company of Kouretes, soldiers, or smaller gods danced, shouted and clapped their hands to make noise so that Cronus would not hear the baby's cry.
www.crystalinks.com /titans.html   (4599 words)

  
 Adventures with Cassiopaea
The Kouretes were a band of armed youths of semi-divine origin whose home was in Crete where they were associated with the worship of the goddess Rhea.
It was wild and whirling, similar to that of the modern dervishes, and was often accompanied by self-mutilation, wild cries, and unrhythmic clashing of weapons.
In short, the dance of the Korybantes was sacrificial in nature; that of the Kouretes interactive with the cosmos for purposes of praise and abundance.
www.cassiopaea.com /cassiopaea/adventures235.htm   (2303 words)

  
 KAIRATOS EDITIONS. ANTONIS TOM. VASILAKIS. TEH 147 CITIES OF ANCIENT CRETE. DION-GRAMMION .   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The context of the text is invocation to Diktaian Zeus who visits mount Dikte with the Kouretes every year.
They glorify the goods and the omnipotence of Zeus and they invocate him to bring them happiness, fertility to their land and protect the army and the navy.
There is also another city in Crete that took its name by Elefthera, one of the Kouretes, which was also called Saoros by the name of nymph Saora…, the citizen is called Elefthereus or Eleftheraios.” Stef.
www.kairatos.com.gr /myweb/ancientcitiesdion-grammion.htm   (3766 words)

  
 Greek Dance: An Ancient Link -- A Living Heritage
Titan goddess Rhea, wife of the god Cronus, taught the art of dance to the Kouretes, sons of Earth who dwelled on the island of Crete, and to the Corybantes who lived in Phrygia in Asia Minor.
In order to prevent Cronus from hearing the baby’s crying, she besieged the Kouretes to dance wildly and noisily while beating their swords and shields.
For this favor, Rhea honored the Kouretes by making them priests of Zeus and their descendants carried on their dances as cult rituals.
www.helleniccomserve.com /greek_dance.html   (6315 words)

  
 OLYMPIC GAMES
According to the tradition, the Idaian Herakles, ancestor of the patriarch of the Eleans, was the first to organize a running contest.
Furthermore, he established the stadium's length in Olympia at 600 feet, organized a running competition with the participation of his brothers Kouretes and crowned the winner with a wreath of wild olive.
From an early age, children were initiated into the techniques and philosophy of running which became a permanent feature of children's education.
www.fhw.gr /olympics/ancient/en/205f.html   (180 words)

  
 Diggings Resources - Guide to the Seven Churches   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The city was laid out on a grid plan where all the streets met at right-angles, apart from Kouretes Street, which followed an older, winding path.
After Lysimachus‘ death Ephesus was ruled by the Egyptian Ptolemies, then by the Seleucids and finally it came under the city state of Pergamum until it was taken over by the Romans.
The Kouretes were initiates associated with Cybele and lists of their names have been found in this street.
www.diggingsonline.com /pages/rese/guide/seven.htm   (7896 words)

  
 The Practice and Function of Religion in the Military of Ancient Greece
Walter Burkert's Greek Religion gives ample detail on the subject: Crete is also the place where myth localizes the Kouretes, who by their name are just young warriors.
This reflects a cult association of young warriors meeting at the grotto of Mount Ida, and brandishing their shields in war dances to which the bronze tympana and votive shields of Orientalizing style give their testimony.
Birth, the cave, the death of a child, and war dances, are all clear initiation motifs (Burkert 262).
alumnus.caltech.edu /~croft/archives/academic/hist.html   (3663 words)

  
 RHEA-KYBELE ESTATE, ATTRIBUTES & ATTENDANTS : Greek mythology
KOURETES The Kouretes were the attendants of the Greek goddess Rhea.
Now this is common both to the Greeks and to the barbarians, to perform their sacred rites in connection with the relaxation of a festival, these rites being performed sometimes with religious frenzy, sometimes without it; sometimes with music, sometimes not; and sometimes in secret, sometimes openly.
Further, some call the Korybantes sons of Kronos, but others say that the Korybantes were sons of Zeus and Kalliope and were identical with the Kabeiroi, and that these went off to Samothrake, which in earlier times was called Melite, and that their rites were mystical.
www.theoi.com /Titan/TitanisRheaTreasures.html   (3486 words)

  
 Amaltheia, nurse to Zeus
So this time when she was about to give birth she went to the cave of the Kouretes on Mt. Ida in Crete.
The Kouretes were delighted to hear what had happened because they thought it was a good omen.
The cave of the Kouretes on Mt. Ida is still celebrated as the birthplace of Zeus.
www.fjkluth.com /amaltheia.html   (1367 words)

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