ELEUSINIAN MYSTERIES AND RITES - LOST LIBRARY


ELEUSINIAN MYSTERIES AND RITES - LOST LIBRARY

DUDLEY WRIGHT    Book Number: 81033    Product format: Paperback

This study of the secret religious rites of Ancient Greece, the initiation ceremonies held each year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone, was first published in 1919, and this is a facsimile of the original book. There were three degrees of initiation, the first taking place in Anthesterion, the flower month of spring, and the candidates 'had to keep chaste and unpolluted for nine days prior to the ceremony, which each one attended wearing crowns and garlands of flowers and observed by offering prayers and sacrifices.' During the second degree the candidates were purified by immersing their hands in consecrated water, stripped and then dressed in the skins of young does. Then they were plunged into darkness and soon 'lamentations and strange noises were heard; terrific peals of thunder resounded, seemingly shaking the very foundations of the temple...' Howling dogs and demons appeared. An intriguing look at ritual practices in ancient Greece. Softback, 112pp.
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ISBN 9781906621421
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