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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An ancient city of eastern Greece near Athens, site of the Eleusinian mysteries.

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  • Institutions of learning are also infected with the glamour of secret organizations and the "Eleusis" of Chi Omega (Fayetteville, Ark.) of 1 June, 1900, states that there are twenty-four Greek letter societies with seven hundred and sixty-eight branches for male students, and eight similar societies with one hundred and twenty branches for female students, and a total membership of 142,456 in the higher institutions of learning in the

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • She was inspired by Aleister Crowley's attempt at doing ceremonial magick in a theatrical context in his 1910 Rites of Eleusis performances.

    Boing Boing

  • David Gow writes that:The curse of Eleusis, the ancient Greek city now known as Elefsina and home to the temple of Demeter, is obviously still potent as Europe's banks are discovering to their cost.

    Greek PM Papandreou wins confidence vote - November 4 2011

  • Nothing like standing in the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens or before the Gates of Hades at Eleusis to get in touch with setting.

    How To Write About A Real Location If You Haven't Been There | The Creative Penn

  • When the first messengers from Thebes arrived in Attica, the Athenians were celebrating the mysteries of the goddess Demeter at the nearby town of Eleusis.

    Alexander the Great

  • Although Isis was at one time worshiped all over the Mediterranean world and the Rites of Demeter and Persephone at Eleusis drew pilgrims from everywhere, no pagan community or practice (to avoid the charged word "cult") has ever been hailed as a world religion.

    Elizabeth Cunningham: Honoring the Elements: The Pagan Roots of Religion

  • He had the woozy look of one imbibing ambrosia from Eleusis.

    The Nervous Breakdown

  • King worshipped once with black sheep throats cut, priests's face averted from underground mysteries in single temple at Eleusis

    Allen Ginsberg

  • This is not a Christian highway; it was made by the feet of devout pagans on their way to initiation at Eleusis.

    Vitro Nasu » 2006 » June

  • She came to the stronghold of fragrant Eleusis, and there finding dark-cloaked Demeter in her temple, spake to her and uttered winged words:

    Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

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