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  Eleusinian Mysteries - Crystalinks
The Eleusinian Mysteries celebrated Persephone's return, for it was also the return of plants and of life to the earth.
She had eaten the six pomegranate seeds (symbols of lives) while in the underworld (underground, like seeds in the winter) and her rebirth is therefore symbolic of the rebirth of all plant life during the spring and, by extension, all life on Earth.
The closing of the Eleusinian Mysteries in the 4th century is reported by Eunapios, a historian and biographer of the Greek philosophers.
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  The Mystery Schools
While the initiates of the mystery cult enacted the life cycle of the gods who triumphed over death and who were reborn, they also asserted their own path of wisdom that would enable them to conquer death and accomplish resurrection in the afterlife, with rebirth in a new body in a new existence.
The mystery religions were concerned with the spiritual welfare of the individual, and their proponents believed in an orderly universe and the unity of all life with God.
The Eleusinian drama reenacted the myth of the rape, abduction, and marriage of Kore (Persephone) by Hades, god of the underworld, and her separation from her mother, Demeter, the goddess of grain and vegetation.
www.unexplainedstuff.com /Afterlife-Mysteries/The-Mystery-Schools.html   (2822 words)

  
  Eleusinian Mysteries - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Eleusinian Mysteries were annual initiation ceremonies for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis in ancient Greece.
The first act (14th Boedromion) of the Greater Mysteries was the bringing of the sacred objects from Eleusis to the Eleusinion, a temple at the base of the Acropolis.
The closing of the Eleusinian Mysteries in the 4th century is reported by Eunapios, a historian and biographer of the Greek philosophers.
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 Mystery religion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In a mystery religion, an inner core of beliefs, practices, and the religion's true nature, are revealed only to those who have been initiated into its secrets.
As in Gnosticism, gnosis, "knowledge", is conveyed experientially, thus mysteries and mystery religions do not produce a body of scripture that is claimed to be "revealed" by the prophet of a deity.
Initiation into the mysteries of a deity might be divided into several stages through which an adherent had to ascend to obtain knowledge of the higher mysteries of a particular cult.
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 The Ecole Initiative: The Eleusinian Mysteries
The Eleusinian Mysteries, held annually in honor of Demeter and Persephone, were the most sacred and revered of all the ritual celebrations of ancient Greece.
The numerous correspondences suggest that the Eleusinian Mysteries were of a piece with the Thesmophoria, and perhaps shared the same historical origins.
Mylonas recognizes that in his zeal to recover the Mysteries in their original purity he is disregarding the opinions of numerous authorities who take more seriously the possibility of very early historical and religious associations between the deities worshipped at Eleusis and those of other cultic centers in the ancient world.
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 The Secret of the Eleusinian Mysteries Unveiled
The "Greater Mystery" was celebrated in the autumn, in a sanctuary at Eleusis, bordering the Rarian Plain, near Athens.
The poem describes the mythical founding of the Mystery by Demeter, who was grief-stricken at the abduction of her daughter Persephone (also called Kore) by the god Hades, of the underworld.
Furthermore, an ear of grain was the symbol of the mystery.
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 The Eleusinian Mysteries & Rites:Wright, Dudley:0892540702:eCampus.com
The Eleusinian rites are thought to have emerged from the Greek myth of the goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone to bring forth abundance from the earth.
Yet strikingly similar rituals and legends appear in the doctrines of Freemasonry, Buddhism, the early Church, and other religions and spiritual traditions.In The Eleusinian Mysteries and Rites Dudley Wright explains the core mythology of Demeter and the many stories thought to be born of the myth.
He includes an examination of the Ritual of the Mysteries, when and how they are carried out, the rites of initiation and their mystical significance.Examination of the myth of Demeter and her daughter Persephone shed light on the spiritual lives of many ancient cultures.
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 The Eleusinian Mysteries - Christianity Revealed - AskWhy! Publications.
The Eleusinian Mysteries of Greece were the oldest and most revered of all the celebrations of the ancient Mediterranean.
The Eleusinian mysteries attracted many initiates in Athens from about the seventh century BC, and the epics of Homer prove that, even that early, Greeks believed that the Eleusinian rites granted the initiates happiness after death.
The Eleusinian mysteries, in a homeopathic way, are still celebrated in Greece where "St Demetra" is none other than the corn goddess, Demeter, whose daughter was abducted, by gloomy Dis (Hades), to great sorrow signifying winter death.
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 AllRefer.com - Eleusinian Mysteries (Ancient Religion) - Encyclopedia
The mysteries may have originated as part of an early agrarian festival peculiar to certain families in Eleusis.
The festival at Eleusis, known as the Greater Mysteries, was celebrated in the early fall, at sowing time.
Another festival, the Lesser Mysteries, was held in the early spring at Agrae.
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 Eleusinian mysteries
In this age, mystery cults were becoming very popular, unlike classical Greece (400s BCE) when the Eleusinian mysteries were a rare form of worship.
The annual Eleusinian mysteries attracted thousands of people from all over the Greek world, and the only initial requirement to become a mystes (initiate) was to be without blood guilt nor a barbarian (in other words, if you spoke Greek).
The mysteries existed from Mycenaean times (circa 1600-1200 BCE), thought to have been established in the 1500s BCE and held annually for two thousand years.
www.pantheon.org /articles/e/eleusinian_mysteries.html   (674 words)

  
 Has the Mystery of the Eleusinian Mysteries been solved?
In this building the most important part of the ritual is supposed to have occurred: the ingestion of the kykeon, the mysterious sacrament that caused in participants intensive psychic changes, which cleared their souls, and made them accept death not so much as harm as a blessing, as one of the ancient diarists reported.
The central mystery of the Eleusinian mysteries pertains to the nature of the kykeon—the mixture drunk by initiates at the autumnal Eleusinian festival.
Today the mystery of soma lies unresolved as so many of the passages in the Vedas that refer to soma are too vague and much more unreliable in their meaning than presumed by WASSON and other scholars who attempted its solving.
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 Has the Mystery of the Eleusinian Mysteries been solved?
In this building the most important part of the ritual is supposed to have occurred: the ingestion of the kykeon, the mysterious sacrament that caused in participants intensive psychic changes, which cleared their souls, and made them accept death not so much as harm as a blessing, as one of the ancient diarists reported.
The central mystery of the Eleusinian mysteries pertains to the nature of the kykeon—the mixture drunk by initiates at the autumnal Eleusinian festival.
Today the mystery of soma lies unresolved as so many of the passages in the Vedas that refer to soma are too vague and much more unreliable in their meaning than presumed by WASSON and other scholars who attempted its solving.
www.druglibrary.org /schaffer/lsd/valencic.htm   (3870 words)

  
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It took a year of study and research to re-imagine the Mysteries, to create a contemporary form that would be the equivalent journey of transformation, then to bring people to Greece in order to walk in the myth in the way that people had walked repeatedly for over fifteen hundred years.
But now, as was the case with the Eleusinian Mysteries themselves, we are forbidden to say anything more specific here, but that it was our intent to, simultaneously, recapitulate the ordeal of the Mysteries, retell the story of Persephone, and, to perform our own individual stories of descent and vision.
And though the Eleusinian Mysteries are the rites of Demeter, the earth goddess does not, herself, descend into the underworld.
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 Eleusinian Mysteries   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Eleusinian Mysteries, sacred rituals that were the most important of the religious festivals in ancient
This initiation climaxed a series of rituals that began early in the spring with the celebration of the Lesser Mysteries at Agrae, near Athens.
The autumn ceremonies, called the Greater Mysteries, began with the fetching of sacred objects from Eleusis to Athens by youths known as ephebi.
autocww.colorado.edu /~blackmon/E64ContentFiles/AncientHistory/EleusinianMysteries.html   (278 words)

  
 Mystery Centres: Lecture X: The Chthonic and the Eleusinian Mysteries
Thus, in that statue which represented the father principle there appeared all those mysteries which ray down to earth from the planetary environment, all that which was related to the single metals of the earth, which, however, had now become unusable within the earth as regards man's inner being.
The natural science which still carried within it the spirit of the Chthonic Mysteries and which had flowed into the Eleusinian Mysteries was a natural science which extended to the heavens, and soared out to the wide spaces of the cosmos to seek explanation of the earth from thence.
That Eleusinian wisdom which came, but in infinite dilution, through Africa into Spain, shone out here and there in the Middle Ages, and notwithstanding the general standard of culture, was cultivated in certain monasteries and lived on under the surface.
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 Mylonas/eleusi   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Consequently, the cult came to be known as the mysteries of Demeter, or the Eleusinian mysteries.
On the basis of those remarks have been advanced a number of theories as to the nature of the Eleusinian mysteries, and the assumption was established that the mysteries were of a licentious, orgiastic nature.
However uncertain we may be as to the nature of the mysteries, of one thing we must be, and we are, very certain: the initiates returned from their pilgrimage to Eleusis full of joy and happiness, with the fear of death diminished, and with strengthened hope of a better life in the world of shadows.
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 Pagan Regeneration: Chapter II: The Greater Mysteries At Eleusis
The three actors of the Eleusinian tragedy, the mater dolorosa as the protagonist, the maiden daughter is the deuteragonist, and the sinister figure of the ravisher as the mysterious third actor, these three enacted the mystery of human life and death.
Referring specifically to the mysteries of Demeter, Lactantius says, "With burning torches Proserpina is sought, and when she is found, the rite is closed with general thanksgiving and a waving of torches." The search was not in vain.
And in the telesterion the protagonist was Demeter, the goddess of grain, and the deuteragonist was Persephone, the goddess of the underworld.
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 fUSION Anomaly. Eleusinian Mysteries
Eleusinian Mysteries, sacred rituals that were the most important of ancient Greek religious festivals.
The people of the town of Eleusis observed the mysteries, which were later adopted by the city of Athens as an official festival.
Meditation is a preparation for the same goal that was aspired to and was attained in the Eleusinian Mysteries.
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 fUSION Anomaly. Eleusinian Mysteries
Eleusinian Mysteries, sacred rituals that were the most important of ancient Greek religious festivals.
The people of the town of Eleusis observed the mysteries, which were later adopted by the city of Athens as an official festival.
Meditation is a preparation for the same goal that was aspired to and was attained in the Eleusinian Mysteries.
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 Eleusis, Greek Mythology Link.
The Phliasians, who lived near Sicyon close to the Isthmus of Corinth, have claimed that the mysteries were first established in Eleusis by Celeus 1's brother Dysaules, who was expelled from Eleusis by Ion 1 during the war.
In a similar way, when the DIOSCURI invaded Attica they demanded to be initiated in the Eleusinian mysteries, being adopted by Aphidnus 2.
The mysteries and the rites were brought to other cities: For example Phlyus, who was a son of Gaia had a son Celaenus 1, who was father of Caucon 2, the man who brought the rites of the Great Goddesses from Eleusis to Messenia under the reign of Polycaon 1 and Messene.
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 The Eleusinian Mysteries
The Mysteries were celebrated at Eleusis, from around 1500 BCE to the fourth century CE, in honour of the goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone.
It would have been simple for an Eleusinian priest to collect the ergot from the wild grass growing near to the temple, grind it into a powder and add it to the kykeon.
The theory is further supported by the fact that ergot is commonly found on grain, Demeter was the goddess of grain, and ears of grain featured prominently in the ritual.
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Eleusinian Mysteries and philosopher of the Neo-Platonist school, is commemorated today.
She and her daughter Persephone were the central figures of the Eleusinian mysteries that also predated the Olympian pantheon.
In the classical period the cult at Agrai was regarded as the ‘Lesser Mysteries of Demeter’ and as the ‘Mysteries of Persephone’.
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 AskWhy! on The Eleusinian Mysteries - Christianity Revealed   (Site not responding. Last check: )
This shows that the Mysteries were never really separate religions but closely related ones, using the same or similar themes but having different emphases in the temples of different gods and goddesses.
The myth associated with the Eleusinian Mysteries, by the seventh century BC, was that Pluto (Hades), the god of the underworld, fell in love with Persephone (Kore or Cora, the maid).
The beginning of the mysteries was the annual rite beginning the barleycorn harvest without which the people would starve, and so was of some significance to them.
www.askwhy.co.uk /christianity/0670Eleusis.html   (5258 words)

  
 Eleusinian Mysteries
The significance of these Mysteries seems, perhaps, to have been to show the relation of the soul to the elements by which it is beset.
To the Greeks the attainment of the higher life was the persistent ideal, and all their art, in its varied forms of sculpture, poetry, and drama, had this fundamental idea as the supreme lesson, the all-important message, to be impressed upon the mind.
In the light of this spirit the ceremonies of the celebration of the Eleusinian Mysteries are seen contemplated in their true aspect and as an integral factor in all that made for the diviner life as increasingly attained and revealed by the human life.
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 Mystery religion - Free Encyclopedia of Thelema   (Site not responding. Last check: )
For the other two general forms of religions, compare the public revelations embodied in a written scripture that are characteristic of any "revealed religion" and on the other hand, the seasonally shared public cult practices of a "natural religion" which has a developed mythology but no single orthodoxy.
Common cult components of a mystery (Latin misterium) include sacred symbols and rites with personal spiritual and magical efficacy, purification rituals that may include abstinence from taboo foods or actions (compare asceticism), baptisms and other initiation rites and sacraments.
Examples of current mystery religions, in which gnosis is confided to initiates:
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