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  • n. The final initiation rite in the Eleusinian Mysteries.


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From Ancient Greek ἐποπτεία (epopteia)


  • Celebrants at Eleusis prepared for the epopteia—the great vision—by fasting for nine days.

    Experiencing the Next World Now

  • The fourth treatise in entitled "Mystical Theology", and presents in five chapters guiding principles concerning the mystical union with God, which is entirely beyond the compass of sensuous or intellectual perception (epopteia).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • The philosopher, when he receives this vision ([Greek: epopteia]) is possessed by the Shekinah, [230] and, losing consciousness of his individuality, becomes at one with God.

    Philo-Judaeus of Alexandria

  • In the first passage it is said: [Greek: hê goun kata ton tês alêtheias kanona gnôstikês paradoseôs physiologia, mallon de epopteia, ek tou peri kosmogonias êrtêtai logou, enthende anabainousa epi to theologikon eidos].

    History of Dogma, Volume 2 (of 7)

  • The climax was a procession from Athens to the temple for the Mystery Night, where the revelation of the mystery, the epopteia, was to take place.

    Red Ice Creations


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