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  • adj. of or relating to modern Eleusina, ancient Eleusis, or the Eleusinian Mysteries.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to Eleusis, in Greece, or to secret rites in honor of Ceres, there celebrated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to Eleusis in Attica, Greece: as, the Eleusinian mysteries and festival, the mysteries and festival of Demeter (Ceres), celebrated at Eleusis.


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  • In order to partake of the special sesame cakes and sacred draught during the rituals of the Eleusinian Mysteries, the initiates had to first fast.

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  • Ceremonial ablutions in the sea were used to initiate participants in a process of spiritual rebirth during the Eleusinian Mysteries, the oldest of the Greco-Roman Goddess mystery cults.

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  • Some early church fathers themselves explicitly recognized the similarities between their own religious imagery and that of Greco-Roman religions like the Eleusinian mysteries and philosophies such as Neoplatonism.

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  • In ancient Greece, the third day of the Eleusinian Mysteries, when the initiates walked to the sea at Phaleron and purified themselves in the water.

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  • The following 10-minute video elaborates on the origins of the Eleusinian Mysteries:

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  • These philosophers were all participants in the Eleusinian Mysteries: a annual ritual that archeologists now believe included the use of a LSD-like substances that served as the sacrament.

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  • O DEMETER, guardian of this Eleusinian land, and ye servants of the goddess who attend her fane, grant happiness to me and my son Theseus, to the city of Athens and the country of Pittheus, wherein my father reared me, Aethra, in a happy home, and gave me in marriage to

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  • Eleusinian Mysteries 'move from death to marriage.


  • Elaborating on Zoonomia's psychological ideas and linked to the Eleusinian "return of light" scene through a pervasive imagery of enlightenment,


  • The contrast between emblematic visual denotations, which is what he took the hieroglyphics to be, and the misleadingly temporal and casually metaphorical connotations of ordinary written language, runs through many of the poem's notes, from his call for a "dignified pantomime" like the Eleusinian



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