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Women & WeaselsMythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome$
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Maurizio Bettini and Emlyn Eisenach

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226044743

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.001.0001

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The First Identity of the Rescuer

The First Identity of the Rescuer

(p.123) [8] The First Identity of the Rescuer
Women & Weasels

Maurizio Bettini

University of Chicago Press

This chapter synthesizes what we have learned about the weasel and explores greater detail her connection to the world of women and childbirth. It examines the legend of the weasel's oral birth and its extraordinary agility; the particular physical characteristics and behaviors of the weasel that make it especially suitable as a symbolic expression for pregnancy and childbirth; and analogies between the weasel and the opossum and their links to the world of birth.

Keywords:   women, childbirth, weasels, opossums

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