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The Kanephoros (Ancient Greek: Κανηφόρος (pl. Κανηφόροι Kanephoroi), latinate plural form Canephorae, refers to "Basket Bearer(s)")[1] was an honorary term for young, unmarried women chosen to lead a festival in Ancient Greece.


  1.   "Canephorae". Encyclopædia Britannica (Eleventh). (1911). Cambridge University Press. 


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    ISBN 0-520-23998-9.
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