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Cover: Venus of Willendorf
Venus of Willendorf, c. 24,000 B.C.

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8-The Old Religion

The ubiquitous Venus figurines - The incoming male gods - The names of the Goddess - Sacred numbers and chimeras - Nymphs and beer producers - The priest of Diana at Nemi - Snake processions today? - The Great Mother and the Hero - The king must die - Hey, how many Hercules can there be? - Herodotus and his doubts - A mistletoe for Christmas - Sacred islands and Charon - Blowing the tuba at royal funerals - Mara succeeds Laima - A sacrifice in Minoan Crete - Sacrificial kings in Lascaux and Trois Frères? - Bull games in Crete - The Olympic games have started - The right way to choose a king.

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