from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An ancient Greek festival with mysteries, celebrated by married women in honor of Demeter (Ceres) as the “mother of beautiful offspring.” Though not confined to Attica, it was especially observed at Athens and Eleusis.
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Of these things I know more fully in detail how they take place, but I shall leave this unspoken; and of the mystic rites of Demeter, which the Hellenes call thesmophoria, of these also, although I know, I shall leave unspoken all except so much as piety permits me to tell.
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