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Post  AgathonZante on Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:08 pm

Does anyone have a reliable source on how one might practice the Mysteries of Eleusis or the Dionysian Mysteries today? There are many neo-Pagan sources out there, but I want something based on historical fact.

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Post  Thrasyvoulos on Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:42 pm

Forget about the Eleusinian Mysteries, they are gone forever, barring a miracle. As for the Dionysian Mysteries: http://www.hellenicgods.org/orphism
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Post  Erodius on Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:32 pm

AgathonZante wrote:Does anyone have a reliable source on how one might practice the Mysteries of Eleusis or the Dionysian Mysteries today? There are many neo-Pagan sources out there, but I want something based on historical fact.

The Eleusinian Mysteries are at times somewhat misrepresented as being something one could 'practice.' Even in Antiquity, this was not exactly the case. They were a ceremony, not exactly a cult, so to speak.

For one thing, the Eleusinian Mysteries could not be 'practiced' anywhere other than within the sanctuary of Eleusis. For another, initiation was a one-time thing. You went through the Eleusinian initiations, and that was it. For many, if not most people, you probably never returned to Eleusis again after that. You were in once, and in for life.

Of course, what you were taught at Eleusis undoubtedly affected your beliefs and practices, but there was no specific 'Eleusinian mystery cult' outside of Eleusis.

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