Eleusinian mysteries

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Eleusinian mysteries

pl.n.
The ancient religious rites celebrated at Eleusis in honor of Demeter.

[From Latin Eleusīnius, of Eleusis, from Greek Eleusīnios, from Eleusīs, Eleusīn-, Eleusis.]

Eleusinian mysteries

pl n
(Classical Myth & Legend) a mystical religious festival, held in September at Eleusis in classical times, in which initiates celebrated Persephone, Demeter, and Dionysus

El•eu•sin′i•an mys′teries

(ˌɛl yʊˈsɪn i ən)
n.pl.
the mysteries, celebrated annually at Eleusis and Athens in ancient times, in memory of the abduction and return of Persephone and in honor of Demeter and Dionysus.
[1635–45; <Latin Eleusīni(us) of Eleusis (< Greek Eleusinios)]
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that Demeter might be offended by a suppliant branch in her temple at the time of the Eleusinia, and so might any sacrifice be ruined by the ill-omened word or deed" (SMITH, 1967, p.
at Athens), the Andanian Mysteries of Messenia, the Mysteries of Hagna at Lycosura, and the Mysteries of Demeter Eleusinia in Pheneus in Arcadia.
On Sunday, the Greeks have attacked the Bulgarian lorries while they were passing the point for collecting tolls in Eleusinia, near the oil refinery in the town and at about 20 km distance from Athens.