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Hdt. 7. 197, and cf. Plat. Minos 315c. 114 AR ISTA IO S A N D A ok TA IO N the "L eiton " to begin the sacrificial procession in keeping with the principles. The descendent of Phrixos, "com pletely lined w ith w oolen fillets/' w ould be ended in the shrine of Laphystian Z eus. The equation w ith the ram may perhaps tough ly be m ore noticeable. Presum ably, a ram w ould nor m best friend take where of a hum an sufferer for Z european s Lap hystios, because it w ould for different deities. yet the following, too, the motif of the w olf accom panies the m yth of hum an sacrifice: A tham as becam e, simply because the ora cle had proclaim ed, a com panion within the meal of the w olves, earlier than he ascended the Thessalian throne. 29 The m otivation for sacrificial ritual in w eather-m agic m ust have look ed relatively convincing to early farm ing and concrete com m unities al w ays dwelling within the sh advert ow of fam ine. however the section of the w erew olf can't derive from this resource, nor the ritual's endurance, given the absolutely widespread failure of the w eather to cooperate. W herever w e can seize info, w e see that the pageant accentuates and restruc tures the distribution of societal roles; there are tricks of this within the do mestic tragedy in the back of the Phrixos m yth — w om en opposed to males, father opposed to son, brother and sister opposed to everybody else. W hat truly units the "un speakable sacrifice" in m otion isn't really nature however the order of the com m solidarity and its religious existence. The sacrifice explanations this sort of surprise that the cosm os m ight w ell appear to m ove to the rhythm of the sacred motion. 30 students have attempted to narrate this w eather-m agic surrounding Z eus to the concept that of an Indo-European typhoon god, however the paral lels lead fairly tow ard A sia M inor and the Semitic realm. a wierd sheep-sacrifice, attested for C yp rian Aphrodite, has been the topic of particular stu dy through Robertson Sm ith: "T h ey sacrifice sheep jointly, w hile they're them selves lined w ith sh ee p sk in s";31 then there's a sacrifice of w ild pigs, w hich is visible as vengeance for A d on is, w ho w as killed b y a boar. hence, the prelim inary sheep-sacrifice, in w hich the contributors hide them selves so surprisingly, most likely repeats the demise of the G reat G oddess's "lo rd " and lover. A t H ierapolis, within the tem ple of the "S y rian G o d d ess"— one other position w right here the A donis legend w as at hom e— a w orshipper's prelim inary sacrifice consisted in slaughtering a black sheep, then prostrating him self on its dermis, w ith the top and toes w rap p ed round his physique. 32 however the nice G oddess can lead to a w olf-m etam orphosis as w ell. Gilgam esh's Schol. Plat. Minos 315c; Apollod. 1. eighty four. therefore, Seneca, Thy. 696, has the earth quake through the sacrifice of Atreus. Lydus Mens. four. sixty five p. eleven nine . 19 - 2 2 Wuensch; Smith (1894) 469-79. Luk. Syr. D. fifty five, and cf. Porph. V Pyth. 17 (Idaean cave, Crete). 1 1 five W EREW O LVES ARO U N D TH E TRIPOD KETTLE com plaint opposed to Istar has lengthy been understand n: "Because you really liked the herdsm an, the keeper . . . you smote him and adjusted him right into a w olf: n ow he's hunted via his ow n shepherd boys and his canine chunk his a n okay le s.