Re: wedding cakes/rituals (fwd)

Heather Young-Leslie (youngl@FHS.CSU.MCMASTER.CA)
Sat, 19 Nov 1994 10:25:18 +0500

We've been discussing contemporary wedding cake's as an offshoot of a
discussion of 'food' on the feminist list - in light of the concurrent
thread running on Anthro-l I thought I'd repost this. Its a response to a
(crude) precis of an argument linking the symbolism of brides, their gowns,
wedding cakes, fertility in N.America. (Perhaps the same article from *Man*
suggested by another Sarah to this list)

Heather Young-Leslie

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Date: Fri, 18 Nov 1994 11:24:05 -0700
From: Sarah Whitworth <whitwrth@is2.NYU.EDU>
To: Multiple recipients of list <>
Subject: Re: wedding cakes/rituals

A note in regard to the form of the Wedding Cake:

The INTERIOR CASTLE of Spanish mystic St. Teresa of Avila, with
innumerable rooms up above and down below and to the sides, and a central
chamber where the saint seeks to meet and wed her Divine courtier, might
be construed as a form of the ziggurat-shaped wedding cake.

In fact this whole Internet, with her many deep subterranean chambers and
vast echoing halls, wedding and cross-fertilizing information and ideas,
might be viewed as a wedding-cake-like image of the Cretan maze
(gnossis) or Old World Labyrinthine Goddess.

Sarah Whitworth
New York University
10 Washington Pl.
NY NY 10003