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Headword: Χθόνια λουτρά
Adler number: chi,327
Translated headword: underground baths
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] the ones that are given to the dead; for they used to carry baths into the tombs.
Greek Original:
Χθόνια λουτρά: τὰ τοῖς νεκροῖς ἐπιφερόμενα: ἐκόμιζον γὰρ εἰς τοὺς τάφους λουτρά.
Notes:
Likewise in Hesychius ch440; also in Zenobius (6.45) and other paroemiographers.
The association of χθόνια with funeral rites stems from the Greek practice of interring their dead and to the reverence of certain deceased relatives and dignitaries as heroes and chthonic (as opposed to Olympian) deities. See Burkert 190-207.
Reference:
Walter Burkert, Greek Religion: Archaic and Classical. Oxford: 1985.
Keywords: daily life; definition; ethics; proverbs; religion
Translated by: Jennifer Benedict on 30 March 2008@03:21:48.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (modified tr; augmented notes and keywords; cosmetics) on 30 March 2008@09:16:36.
David Whitehead (expanded note; another keyword) on 12 November 2013@04:07:36.

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