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)]
References in classic literature ?
In memory of her sorrows Demeter establishes the Eleusinian mysteries (which, however, were purely agrarian in origin).
The Eleusinian mysteries, the Egyptian architecture, the Indian astronomy, the Greek sculpture, show that there always were seeing and knowing men in the planet.
Howard was also searching for the equally mysterious mind-expanding plant-derived drink Kykeon - swigged by the Ancient Greeks during the climax of the baffling Eleusinian Mysteries - which gave amazing visions of the afterlife.
In the Eleusinian Mysteries, the initiates are similarly given a special psychoactive drink of barley and pennyroyal called kykeon, taken in the Telesterion where certain hiera (sacred objects) are revealed to them, as they recite, "I have fasted.
Two are of the utmost importance: shamanism lato sensu and the Mysteries (Isiac, Mithraic, Orphic, Dionysian, Eleusinian Mysteries.
At the outset, Lucius prays to Venus and Ceres and Proserpine, the tutelary deities of the Eleusinian mysteries, to restore his human form.
Here we might think him mastered by the spell Of Dionysus, lately intertwined With winnowing-fans and a new clientele Mad keen for any psychotropic smell Of Eleusinian mysteries.
The story may be read as a perverse revisiting of the Eleusinian mysteries as initiation ceremonies for the cult of Demeter and Persephone, the disrupted nuptials and the resonance of the economic with human sacrifice.
Contrast Seaford 1994, who adopts the reading in L and P and gives [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], although, as he maintains in one of his earlier papers (1981, 259), both the Dionysiac and the Eleusinian mysteries were associated with [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
While seemingly referring to the Eleusinian Mysteries, the poet here unites them with Christianity, the religion that displaced the ancient rites, in a rewriting of history and of religious doctrine.
The 23 essays in this collection include discussions of mystery and secrecy in The Secret Revelation of John, the Sethian books of the Nag Hammadi library as secret books, esotericism and Evagrius of Pontus in the Egyptian desert, the secret of an early Christian mystical experience, mystery and secrecy in Paul, a suggestion on the origins of Christological fish symbolism, initiation into the Eleusinian mysteries, the Mithras Liturgy as mystery and magic, and the secret hymn in Hermetic texts.
These conclusions about death are reinforced when Reno meets members of a secret society who perform their own personal death dramas in rites loosely based on the Eleusinian mysteries.