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Dynasty of Priestesses: Comments
by Eti Bonn-Muller
March 9, 2010

Would you like to comment on the discoveries at the Iron Age necropolis of Orthi Petra at Eleutherna on Crete?

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8 comments for "Dynasty of Priestesses: Comments"

  • Reply posted by Mark Smith (March 17, 2010, 7:17 pm):

    What a well-written article–it was like eating candy reading it-and even what’s usually completely left out of other Articles–an array of superb photos to accompany the scholarly telling of the Discoveries. I felt as if I in some small way was seeing the mysterious Past revealed along with the Excavators & Archaeologists. I lost my own Dear Sweet Brother recently(Jan.)and anguished having to Cremate him because of the high cost of Burial–it was reassuring that the Ancients used Cremation for their Royalty and Elite among their Society..


  • Reply posted by Susan MacNichol (March 18, 2010, 10:24 am):

    Amazing find. Thanks for the well written article: it sent me to the dictionary and made me think. What beautiful artifacts. Hope you will continue the story as more is uncovered.Thank you.


  • Reply posted by Anagnostis-Eleutherna Team Member (March 19, 2010, 7:12 am):

    Dear Mr. Smith:
    Let me please reiterate that cremation was indeed an honorary burial custom among the ancient Greeks,
    Respectfully, Anagnostis-Eleutherna Team Member


  • Reply posted by Kennie Eastwood (April 3, 2010, 8:06 am):

    Wish to thank you, I love reading of the older civilizations. I am to all to keep it in my mind. Yes, I agree we are a speck in eternity.


  • Reply posted by Judith Kerrigan Ribbens (May 12, 2010, 8:40 am):

    Frist, I wish to thank the Anagnostis-Eleuthera team for its work on this site. I have long been intersted in ancient history and in women’s history. It is with deep gratification that I learn that somewhere in time there was a familial lne of women priestesses. I have a personal story about this. I was reared in a religion (Roman Catholic) which denies women priestly status. I wanted to be a priest as a young girl but was of course told women can’t do that. Many years later, during a long period of searching for an alternate belief system, I came into contact with two Native American medicine men (shamans). These contacts were separate and the men did not meet or know each other. Both told me that I come from a long line of women healers, priestesses. My oldest daughter showed spiritual giftedness when much younger and she is now apprenticed to one of these men. He told me she will eventually be able to do every ceremony he can now do, several of them ceremonies of great power. I myself have been privileged to participate in them.

    Your discovery connects me on a very deep level to those ancient women. Thank you so much. Judi Ribbens


  • Reply posted by Patricia Young (July 18, 2010, 10:01 pm):

    Simply Awesome!


  • Reply posted by Chelsea (August 26, 2010, 9:48 am):

    I am an undergraduate archaeology majar and I’m considering doing a research project on the priestess burials. Anyone have any suggestions about where I should start or know if the excavations reports have been published and how I would go about finding them?


  • Reply posted by Margo Bowen (October 4, 2010, 8:26 pm):

    This is so exciting…. I have so many questions. is it possible to tell if the Priestesses roles were taken over by male priests? Is it possible to know what the gods were?
    Will there be further publication?
    congratulations on this great achievement