:: Dikta - Epiphany At Palaikastro ::

Ica    Mykeon    Mekoneon    Glaukion    Baetyl    Palaikastro    Psychro    Glaucos Dream    epiphanion

:: 2011 :: 120cm x 60cm :: Acrylics, Inks & Markers on Canvas ::

The unearthing of the Palaikastro Kouros revealed a great deal about the Minoan conception of the Young Male Hunter archetype. Simultaneously son and husband of the Mother Goddess, this figure's name may have survived in Linear A inscriptions and mythology as Dikta (di-ki-ta), presiding over a mandala of experience which included the barley harvest, adolesecence and the constellations of Orion and Bootes - an essay will explore further. Here we see the men of the town of Palaikastro removing the kouros figurine from its shrine to celebrate the harvest atop the peak sanctuary atop Mt Petsophas: a remarkable place to visit. This celebration simultaneously marks the ritual death of the Dikta figure, symbolised by broken figurines under the pathway to the mountain top.

Dikta - Epiphany At Palaikastro


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