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The kykeon was stolen on at least one occasion for use at Athens "cocktail parties", profaning the sacred Rite and its potion.
If the kykeon could have been simply duplicated, if it were obvious which ingredients were used and how they were prepared, it would presumably have not been necessary to steal it, and its profane use might well have become common.
Presumably the effect of the kykeon was a quite enjoyable experience or it wouldn't have been sought after by rich Athenians to entertain guests, nor would the experience of the sacrament at Eleusis have been written about so glowingly by everyone who partook of the Rite and its potion.
www.psychedelic-library.org /paspali.htm   (2736 words)

  Kykeon   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Kykeon was the drink used at the climax of the Eleusinian Mysteries to break a sacred Fast.
It was said to be a mix of Barley and Pennyroyal.
It is licensed under the GNU free documentation license.
www.ufaqs.com /wiki/en/ky/Kykeon.htm   (75 words)

 Kykeon - Encyclopedia, History, Geography and Biography
It was used at the climax of the Eleusinian Mysteries to break a sacred fast, but it was also a favourite drink of Greek peasants.
Kykeon is mentioned in Homeric texts: the Iliad describes it as consisting of barley, water, herbs, and ground goat cheese (XV, 638–641).
In the The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, the goddess refuses red wine but accepts kykeon made from water, barley and pennyroyal.
www.arikah.com /encyclopedia/Kykeon   (228 words)

 PhDiva: Kykeon and beans at the Eleusinian Mysteries
Various theories have evolved that kykeon was made with ergot-diseased grain, whose mild dose of LSD would still be hallucinogenic, but the basic recipe that has come down to us suggests that enough ingredients with mind-altering properties were in play not to needed a dose of ergot.
Kykeon was made with barley, water and fresh mint, which fermented quickly and turned into an alcohol that must have had a particularly powerful effect on those used to drinking at most diluted wine (drinking wine neat was a sign of ‘Barbarians’).
The unique shape of the kykeon jar was represented on Athenian coins, another indication of the importance of the Eleusinian cult to the state.
phdiva.blogspot.com /2006/05/kykeon-and-beans-at-eleusinian.html   (599 words)

 The Secret of the Eleusinian Mysteries Unveiled
The lovely myth symbolized for the Greeks the natural mystery of the changing seasons and the miracle of the springtime rebirth (after burial in the cold Earth) of cultivated grain on which their civilization depended.
The ingredients of the kykeon are spelled out in the Homeric Hymn: barley, water and blechon (or glechon, a mint, probably Mentha pulegium, a plant burned as an offering by shamans to Pachamama in Peru; see Appendix B; Wasson 1967; Wasson 1979).
From fragmentary ancient reports, including the remains of a fresco at Pompeii, it is known that initiates to the Mysteries drank Demeter's potion as a prelude to experiencing a soul-shattering vision.
www.sexmagick.com /aisha/writers/ergot.htm   (1130 words)

 MetaHistory - Metahistory: Lexicon W
With Albert Hofmann (Swiss chemist who discovered LSD), and Carl Ruck, professor of Classical Studies at Boston University, he wrote The Road to Eleusis (1978), proposing that the kykeon drunk in the Eleusinian Mysteries of ancient Greece was a potion of the psychoactive fungus, Claviceps purpurea, fermented ergot, the chemical base of LSD.
With the description of the kykeon as a psychoactive view, Wasson linked the Mysteries to the entheogenic theory of religion.
Metahistory.org takes up and extends this connection by proposing that Gnostics were teachers in the Mystery schools.
www.metahistory.org /lexicon_W.php   (2614 words)

 El camino a Eleusis. Una solución al enigma de los misterios (R.G. Wasson / A. Hofmann / Karl A.P. Ruck)
Palabras clave: Redescubrimiento de los enteógenos, Eleusis, Kykeon, hongos visionarios, Grecia clásica, religiones, Démeter, Dionisios, Pérsefone, mitología griega.
Este libro trata sobre los misterios iniciáticos celebrados en el templo de Eleusis, en la Grecia clásica, y también sobre la trama que condujo a relacionarlos con el uso de enteógenos como el vehículo para alcanzar los estados extáticos y las experiencias visionarias que en ese emplazamiento se producían.
En el artículo principal se presenta otra hipótesis sobre la naturaleza fúngica del kykeon, de gran interés.
www.muscaria.com /eleusis.htm   (1032 words)

 Kykeon - Alternative medicine - Alternative medicine
Kykeon was the drink used at the climax of the Eleusinian Mysteries to break a sacred fast.
It was said to be a mix of barley and pennyroyal.
Various modern attempts to duplicate the kykeon using ergot have yielded inconclusive results.
www.famouschinese.com /virtual/Kykeon   (143 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.
This is the only known reference to the composition of the kykeon and it seems somehow incompatible with the secret tightly guarded by the two hierophantic families who were in charge of making it and dispensing at Eleusis.
After all, if the recipe for the kykeon had been as simple as that mentioned in the Homeric Hymn, many in ancient Greece would have been mixing their own kykeon, which was, of course, not the case.
www.druglibrary.org /SCHAFFER/lsd/valencic.htm   (3860 words)

 Kykeon   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Kykeon was a drink used in the Eleusinian mysteries to break a sacred fast.
It has been posited that one element of the kykeon was ergot and the hallucinogenic properties of that fungus helped provide the intense experience of the participants at Eleusis.
Wapipedia > Index > K > Ky > Kykeon
www.wapipedia.com /wikipedia/mobiletopic.aspx?cur_title=Kykeon   (93 words)

 MAPS: Mixing The Kykeon - Presentation at Perinaldo
There are two texts also: mixing the kykeon summary text.rtf this one is a condensed version of the text of the lecture mixing the kykeon final draft.pdf this one is our paper in the journal ELEUSIS to which the lecture refers.
The KYKEON was no placebo, but must surely have had genuine and significant consciousness-enhancing properties that lent themselves to, and reinforced the verbal, visual, doctrinal, and philosophical content of the Eleusinian Mysteries.
This reaction, apparently long forgotten by chemists, was first discovered in the early research on ergot alkaloids in the 1930s.[8] And it is this process of partial hydrolysis that we propose as the method by which the kykeon was prepared from ergot, converting the toxic ergopeptine alkaloids to ergine and its epimer isoergine.
www.maps.org /pipermail/maps_forum/2003-September/005661.html   (1167 words)

 Kykeon Update [Archive] - Edot forums
Kykeon, the drink described in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, is not the primary active in the Eleusinian ritual.
In this case, a failure to produce an acceptable kykeon would have been taken as a sign that the Initiate was not ready to participate.
I suspect that the effects on Initiates who have been fasting for three days and are flush with kykeon would generally succumb to the effects very rapidly, perhaps even swooning into their spirit journey on the walk from the altar.
www.entheogen.com /forum/archive/index.php?t-5928.html   (4550 words)

 The Eleusinian Mysteries
Before the climax of the initiation, a sacred potion made of barley and mint and called the kykeon was administered.
In 'The Road to Eleusis' (2) they argue that the parasitic fungus ergot, found on particular wild grasses, is the psychoactive component of 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.
www.csp.org /nicholas/eleusis.html   (593 words)

 info: Kykeon   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Eleusinian MysteriesBefore the climax of the initiation, a sacred potion made of barley and mint and called the kykeon was administered.
The possible psychoactive ingredients in kykeon have been hotly debated.
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...
www.napoli-pizza.net /Kykeon.html   (302 words)

 A farewell to kykeon000 [Archive] - Edot forums
Kykeon and I have discussed this decision at length, and ultimately concluded that it was probably the best decision for him at this time.
Kykeon's membership here will remain active, however he doesn't anticipate having the opportunity to visit with much frequency any time in the forseeable future.
In my opinion Kykeon is one of the most valuable members in our community and we shall miss him indeed.
www.entheogen.com /forum/archive/index.php?t-4025.html   (542 words)

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