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 (mĭs′tə-gŏg′, -gôg′)
1. One who prepares candidates for initiation into a mystery cult.
2. One who holds or spreads mystical doctrines.

[From Latin mystagōgus, from Greek mustagōgos : mustēs, an initiate; see mystery1 + agōgos, guide, leader (from agein, to lead; see ag- in Indo-European roots).]

mys′ta·gog′ic (-gŏj′ĭk) adj.
mys′ta·go′gy (-gō′jē) n.


(ˈmɪstəˌɡɒɡ) or


(Other Non-Christian Religions) (in Mediterranean mystery religions) a person who instructs those who are preparing for initiation into the mysteries. Also called: mystagogus
[C16: via Latin from Greek mustagōgos, from mustēs candidate for initiation + agein to lead. See mystic]
mystagogic, ˌmystaˈgogical adj
ˌmystaˈgogically adv
mystagogy n


(ˈmɪs təˌgɔg, -ˌgɒg)

a person who initiates others into doctrinal or ritual mysteries.
[1540–50; < Latin mystagōgus < Greek mystagōgós=mýst(ēs) (see mystic) + ágōgos -agogue]
mys′ta•go`gy (-ˌgoʊ dʒi, -ˌgɒdʒ i) mys′ta•go`gue•ry (-ˌgɔ gə ri, -ˌgɒg ə-) n.


a teacher of mystical doctrines.
See also: Mysticism
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Before 1710, by far the best mythology handbook in English was Alexander Ross's Mystagogus Poeticus (1647).
From images in a Mithraic grotto at modern-day Capua, we learn that initiates were blindfolded and subjected to various severe trials by a mystagogus in a white tunic.
Travelling forward two thousand years in time, Alexander Ross, Anglican minister and author of the highly popular and widely read Mystagogus Poeticus (a myth dictionary listed in alphabetical order and published in 1647) opines: