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IN THE INITIATION CEREMONY OF ARTEMIS, GIRLS BETWEEN THE AGES OF NINE AND TWELVE WERE BROUGHT TO THE SACRED CITY OF BRAURON IN ATTICA.
THE YOUNG GIRLS DRESSED IN YELLOW TUNICS SYMBOLIZING GOLDEN FUR. EACH GIRL WAS AN ARKTOI (‘A LITTLE BEAR’).
ONCE DRESSED, THE ARKTOI GIRLS MOVED SIDE TO SIDE LIKE LITTLE BEARS. THEY THEN WENT  
INTO A HIDDEN SHRINE THROUGH A VERY NARROW PASSAGEWAY. THIS SYMBOLIZED THEIR BIRTH AS FULL-FLEDGED ‘WOMEN OF MYSTERY’.
GREEK MALE WRITERS HAVE OFFERED THEIR VERSIONS OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE ‘MYSTERY’ RITES BUT THEY REALLY DID NOT KNOW.

IN SPARTA, ARTEMIS WAS ARTEMIS ORTHIA. AGOGE WAS THE ‘WAY OF ARTEMIS’ FOR BOYS. THIS WAS THE WAY IN WHICH THE SPARTAN BOYS BECAME WARRIORS. THE WAY OF AGOGE GAVE BIRTH TO THE NOW FAMOUS ‘300’.

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