ⓘ Eleusinian Mysteries. The Eleusinian Mysteries were a series of initiations held every year in honor of the Greek goddesses Demeter and Persephone. They were he ..

                                     

ⓘ Eleusinian Mysteries

The Eleusinian Mysteries were a series of initiations held every year in honor of the Greek goddesses Demeter and Persephone. They were held at or near the city of Eleusis. They are the "most famous of the secret religious rites of Ancient Greece". Some think the power of the Eleusinian Mysteries came from drinking a psychedelic potion called kykeon.

The mysteries were about the myth of the abduction of Persephone from her mother Demeter by Hades, the god of the underworld. This myth had a cycle of three phases: the descent loss, the search, and the ascent. The main theme was the ascent άνοδος of Persephone to the mortal realm and her reunion with her mother.

Those who took part in these mysteries were sworn to secrecy. Initiates were promised a reward in the afterlife. It was a major festival of the Hellenic era, and later spread to Rome. Similar religious rites appear in the agricultural societies of the Near East and in Minoan Crete.

                                     
  • underworld. Both she and Persephone were central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries a series of festivals held in honor of the two goddesses in the
  • Persephone and her mother Demeter were the central figures of the Eleusinian Mysteries which promised initiates a reward in the afterlife. The tale of
  • at the Dionysia. Aeschylus was one of many Greeks who joined the Eleusinian Mysteries This was the religious cult of Demeter, and based in his home town
  • polytheism Finnish polytheism Roman polytheism Slavic polytheism Mystery religions Eleusinian Mysteries Mithraism Orphism Pythagoreanism Early Christianity Gallo - Roman