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.]
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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
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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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(51) We do not know exactly at what point in the ceremony the blindfolds were removed from the initiates' eyes, but it is not unreasonable to assume that this may have taken place at some point before their entrance to the Anaktoron. (52)
He also won distinction in public affairs, and not only was he sent as an ambassador on missions of the greatest importance, but also performed the public functions which the Athenians rank highest, being appointed both archon and hoplite general, and when already well on in years hierophant of the Anaktoron of Demeter.
White assembles the various names associated with cult buildings of Demeter and Persephone - anaktoron, tamieion, neokorion, megaron - and asks if they fit these buildings (pp.