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  • Only initiates (the word "mystery" derives from the Greek word mystes, meaning "initiate") were told the secrets -- sacred tales, symbols, formulas, or promised benefactions of the god.

    Insight: Bacchic Mysteries

  • On Urth, the mystes know that each continent has its own pattern for mankind, so that if people from one shift their bode to another, they will in a short time -- fifty generations or so -- come to resemble the original inhabitants.

    The Urth of the New Sun

  • And I marveled to recall that all this had seemed too small for my ambition, and wondered whether it had grown (though the mystes declare it no longer grows) or I had.

    The Urth of the New Sun

  • There is a dialogue in the brown book somewhere between two mystes, in which one argues that culture was an outgrowth of the vision of the Increate as logical and just, bound by interior consistency to fulfill his promises and threats.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • Certain mystes aver that the real world has been constructed by the human mind, since our ways are governed by the artificial categories into which we place essentially undifferentiated things, things weaker than our words for them.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • The second degree of Ancient Craft Masonry, analogous to the mystes in the ancient Mysteries.

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry

  • Argonautics allude to the oath: μετὰ δ 'ὁρϗια Μύσῖαις, ϗ. τ. λ., "after the oath was administered to the mystes," &c.

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry

  • Oh blinde Monster, how doost thou blinde, and with what deceipt doost thou couer the eyes, and deceiue the vnderstanding sences of vnhappie and miserable Louers with vailes and mystes.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • Dieterich's Mithras's liturgy be really a liturgy of this sect, as he ably maintains, its liturgy can only strike us as a mixture of bombast and charlatanism in which the mystes has to hold his sides, and roar to the utmost of his power till he is exhausted, to whistle, smack his lips, and pronounce barbaric agglomerations of syllables as the different mystic signs for the heavens and the constellations are unveiled to him.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • The consecrated one (mystes) became in succession crow (corax), occult (cryphius), soldier (miles), lion (leo), Persian (Perses), solar messenger (heliodromos), and father (pater).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

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  • OED says: "One initiated into mysteries."
    It seems to be singular; I guess myste is wrong then, I'll delete it from my list.

    October 3, 2008