Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter

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Princeton University Press, 1991 - 257 sivua
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The Sanctuary of Eleusis, near Athens, was the center of a religious cult that endured for nearly two thousand years and whose initiates came from all parts of the civilized world. Looking at the tendency to "see visions," C. Kerenyi examines the Mysteries of Eleusis from the standpoint not only of Greek myth but also of human nature. Kerenyi holds that the yearly autumnal "mysteries" were based on the ancient myth of Demeter's search for her ravished daughter Persephone--a search that he equates not only with woman's quest for completion but also with every person's pursuit of identity. As he explores what the content of the mysteries may have been for those who experienced them, he draws on the study of archaeology, objects of art, and religious history, and suggests rich parallels from other mythologies.

 

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The Geographical and Chronological Setting
5
The Mysteries at the Time of Xerxes 480 BC and of Valentinian AD 364
7
Testimonies to the Beatitude of the Initiates
13
The End of the Mysteries
16
The Question of the Origins
18
The Mythological Setting
26
The Two Goddesses
27
The Myths concerning Demeter
30
On the Threshold of the Telesterion
82
In the Telesterion
88
The Eleusinian Version of the Visio Beatifica
95
Part Two
103
A Hermeneutical Essay on the Mysteries
105
The Uniqueness of the Eleusinian Mysteries
112
The Relation of the Mysteries to the Grain
120
Pomegranate and Vine
130

Rape and Mourning
34
Demeters Journey to Hades
42
The Lesser Mysteries and the Preparations for the Great Mysteries
45
What Happened by the Ilissos?
48
The Purification of Herakles
52
The Cost of Initiation
59
The Procession to Eleusis
60
The Secret of Eleusis
67
Through the Gateways and the Courtyard
72
Duality
144
Eubouleus
169
The Preparation and Effect of the Kykeon
177
Concerning the Vessels That Were Carried on the Head in the Procession
181
Abbreviations
189
Notes
191
Lists of Works Cited
217
Index
237
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