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THINK GLOBALLY, GET DEATH THREATS LOCALLY: THE POLITICS OF STUDYING HINDUISM

The adventure of Persephone-Kore and Osiris offers a comforting model to people of the Hellenistic era who face similarly difficult conditions during their lifetime. People of the Hellenistic era are characterized by dispersion and wandering. The correspondence between mobile, wandering deities and wandering people helps to create the sense of reciprocity and mutuality that develops between the divine and the human world, which is a peculiarity of all cults that dominate the religious life of people during the Hellenistic period. People of this era come to believe that they are no longer attached to a specific land or connected to the gods of their homeland, and for this reason the traditional values of religio-social life are intensely questioned, even if not thrust aside altogether. The concept of society develops in the environment of social groups, which constitute a substitute miniature of traditional Greco-Roman social forms.