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Sailing with the Gods: Religion and Maritime Mobility in the Ancient World - 16-17-18-19-20-21/06/20


Ritual practices dedicated to maritime success appear across a wide span of human cultural history, from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, Southeast Asia across the Pacific to the west coast of the Americas. Culturally-constructed seafaring rituals could be seen as spiritual or superstitious, and respond to the combination of risk and profit endemic in even short voyages by water. Maritime religion infuses all water-borne contact across cultural boundaries; the crafts of those who build rafts, canoes, and sailing vessels; navigational skills which may reach back to ancestors who have faded into cultural legend; and myriad mnemonic and naming strategies extending to littoral markers and celestial patterns. Mythic and ritual responses are accordingly complex, ranging from apotropaia to the divine authorization of civic structures, shipboard shrines and functional epithets which could link divinities, heroes and nearly-deified rulers to the control of the waves and winds.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 16-17-18-19-20-21/06/2021

We hope the transitions brought about by COVID-19 are moving as smoothly as possible. Given the volatility of this crisis, we have made the decision to postpone Sailing with the Gods to June 16-21, 2021, at which time we hope very much to welcome you all to Malta. Please do let us know if for any reason you would like to withdraw at this point

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Grand Hotel Excelsior (Floriana, Malta)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions

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We will be able to provide an accurate sense of conference fees once we get closer to the date, and these in any event will simply cover the cost of coffee and tea for breaks. Excursions to sites, access to museums and a final celebratory dinner will be options, but those costs are not incumbent upon anyone who prefers not to take part.


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