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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Aristophanes said the Sacred Mysteries of Eleusis are the saying of many ridiculous things, and many serious things.
Before advancing my argument any further, I need to examine briefly what is meant by 'visuality,' as opposed to 'vision,' and why I think being constantly aware of this antithesis may prove to be a useful heuristic tool in our quest for things seen in both the secret and the public segment of the Mysteries of Eleusis and their perception by the initiates.
This sight and this sound seemed to tear away the veil of centuries and to take one back as far as ancient Rome and Greece, and further: further than Virgil and Romulus, further than the mysteries of Eleusis, further than Homer: right back to the Golden Age and the "large utterance of the early Gods.