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  • "Utrobata" cave - photo Hristo Todev - Iztochni Rodopi
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The name " Utrobata" Is litteraly translated as "Vagina". I think you already see why....
It was used as a cult place by the thracians living in these lands centuries ago. They had improved the form of their sanctuary giving its perfect shape. The rituals dedicated to fertility included lots of wine consumption, ending up with a mass orgy to favorize the pagan gods.
Perperikon website about a similar cave
"here can be no doubt that this is the rock womb whose existence had been suggested on the basis of the fragmentary evidence found in ancient records. This was the place where the Orphic rite reached its climax. It was in such an Orphic temple on the island of Samothrace (modern Greek Samothráki) in the Aegean Sea off the Thracian coast that, according to the ancient authors, unmarried men who were initiated in the cult (the abi?tikos) performed sexual rituals with young Thracian women.
The meaning of these orgies is archetypal. According to the Indo-Iranian tradition, the King died and was reborn again as a manifestation of the natural cosmic cycle. To do this, he had to climb high in the mountain and slaughter a sacrificial animal or another human, enacting his own death. He then entered into symbolic matrimony with the Mother Goddess, fecundated her and was thereby reborn. This is the ancient myth of the Lover Son, born by the Mother Goddess, who returns to her womb by the act of copulation."

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