posted on Jul, 10 2012 @ 02:44 PM
reply to post by Shane
I'm currently reading through The Greek Myths by Robert Graves, and came across something which may shed light on this mystery.
In ch60, footnote6, he refers to the myth that the Danaids were given leaking waterpots in Hades as a punishment.
Then he explains that this was probably the misunderstanding of a ritual;
"They were performing a necessary charm; sprinkling water on the ground to produce rain showers by sympathetic magic"
So could this be the purpose of this pot? Deliberate water-sprinkling for ritual purposes?
Let me see; sixteen inches, filled with water (if onlybriefly)? You would surely need both hands, but it could probably be done.
If there's anything in this idea, it's a little surprising that the modern scholars did not pick it up.