When ancient Greeks and Romans had to make decisions, they consulted the gods—by drawing lots, casting dice, interpreting dreams and analyzing such signs as sneezes, thunderbolts and flying birds. But for matters of the utmost importance, they sought to hear the words of the gods in the mouths of oracles.
Pythias were virgins who dedicated their lives to prophesying on behalf of the god Apollo. The first Pythia is said to have been the goddess Themis, who is sitting on a tripod and holding a bowl and a sprig of laurel (Apollo’s sacred tree).
The Pythia resembles a shaman at least to the extent that she communicates while in a state of trance, and conveys as much to those present by uttering unintelligible words (Spirit Language).
Edgy women festival 2015, 6 march, La sala rossa, Montreal