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their best wishes to the newlyweds and they make their way to the groom’s house that is also decorated. The bride is welcomed by the groom’s parents and sweet fig or quince is offered to her. A happening takes place with the relatives pretending to protect the bride from the groom, who is lifting her in his arms and crosses the threshold without her feet touching down. The bride offers libations to the hestia of the new family and the couple enters the bridal chamber. The next day a procession is formed, consisting of the father of the bride and relatives, led by a kid dressed in white. The procession carries the «epaulia» gifts. The bride’s friends bring expensive gifts, pyxis, sculpture in marble seats crates covered in fabrics etc. Two days after the wedding the bride receives the “anakalupteria” gifts of the groom and his relatives. This is the moment the bride takes off the bridal veil before everybody. A week later the «antigamos» is celebrated. The newlyweds visit the brides’ family participate in a symposium and leave with sweets and gifts.

BIRTH AND BAPTISM The birth took place in the women’s part of the house with elementary means. In the process many women lost their lives and many babies only lived for a few days. The childbirth was assisted by a woman that could not procreate, the midwife. There was wizardry, massages at the abdomen and prayers to the goddesses Artemis and Eilithia. If the birth went smoothly the mothers went to their temples and place the baby under the protection of the Gods. The men were excluded. After the birth the baby was wrapped and presented to his father. If it was a boy an olive branch was hung on the front door of the house, if it was a girl, a woollen ribbon. If the fetus was deformed or fruit of an illicit relationship, there was the institution of "exposure". By order of the house's master they put the unwanted baby in a basket, it was carried away and left to die. If saved by passerby it was brought up as a slave or in the service of a God if they abandoned it near a sanctuary. One week after birth a celebration was held attended by everyone who had taken part in the labor. It was a clearance from the blood spilled during delivery, but more likely was an initiatory rite and a passage or a membership to a social group. The main ceremony took place in the hearth of the house and called “amphidromia”. Those who participated in childbirth lightly dressed with the infant in arms ran round the hearth. Dinner would follow. Relatives, who were not attending, sent seafood. The tenth day after birth the ceremony of baptism was taking place, with a character of festivity. The reason for this ten-day delay is that many babies died within that period. Family and friends bearing gifts were invited holding white candles dresses in white like the parents. Before the priest of Zeus the perfect, who was chanting prayers, the father rubbed the baby with oil and carried it three times around the altar of Hestia speaking his name. He would throw a little curl of the child’s hair in the holy purifying


Final study of CulMe-WeOnCT project  
Final study of CulMe-WeOnCT project