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when the location of the tomb was reached and the 'Opening of the Mouth' death rituals commenced. Procession was an important part in the festivals of ancient Greece also. The Olympic games accompanied by processions and sacrifices, the great religious festivals such as the Panathenaea, the Thesrnophoria, the Dionysia, and the Eleusinia consisted of four main parts: a procession of the statue and sacred objects of the god around the city until reaching the temple, worshipers often carried statues and sacred clothing, the sacrifice, the banquets and the athletic and/or artistic competitions. Sometimes, women and freed slaves could participate to the procession. Scholars believe that the Great Panathenaia procession is the theme of the Parthenon Frieze. During this festival a special peplos made by the Athenian women and carried to the Parthenon as part of the procession for the statue of the goddess Athena.

As the ancient Egyptians, the ancient Greeks accompanied the dead in a funeral procession. A Greek funeral was composed of four parts: the preparation of the body, the procession, the cremation of the body and the cremated remains deposition in the tomb or grave. Normally the procession is held as early as possible in the morning. The solidest males carry the body, ahead of the bier march the musicians. Then comes the corpse, a honey cake set in the hands as an offering to Cerberus, who guarded the entrance to Hades. After this come the relatives in irregular procession. Male friends and family of the deceased bring up the rear. Women, unless they were over sixty years of age or first cousins, were not allowed to join in funeral processions. In weeding rituals, the procession began with a painful ritual symbolizing the pain of the bride for leaving her family. The procession reflected her final transition from childhood to marriage. A child represented prosperity and good luck for the couple escorted the bride and he would distribute bread to the guests.


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