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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound analysis, 21 Oct. 2005
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Luc REYNAERT (Beernem, Belgium) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter (Bollingen Series (General)) (Paperback)
I recommend this book as a formidable try to unravel one of the most important ancient pagan mysteries, that survived for more than a thousand years in the Ancient world.
For Kerenyi, the core of the mysteries was the message that 'a birth in death was possible', also for human beings. This message was 'shown' through the ancient myth of the search of Demeter for her ravished daughter Persephone. She finds Persephone under the earth, where she gives birth to Dionysos. The hope of life in death was symbolized through Demeter's offering of the grain, that will grow again. We can see this important hapenning on a stele in the Ancient museum of Athens.
The initiated had to fast and were given a drug (the kykeon) just before the procession.
Nearly all Roman emperors were initiated (with a special place for Marcus Aurelius).
One of the initiated was Plato, who speaks about it in his work 'Phaidoon'.
The influence on Christianity by the mysteries cannot be underestimated, for Plato's theory of the soul was adopted by the Church.
A compelling read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, 26 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter (Bollingen Series (General)) (Paperback)
It is beautifully written, well-explained, nicely organised...this book is great.
If you are interested in the Eleusis myths, mysteries, iconography and history, there is no better option than this.
The format of the book is perfect to take in your bag and I read it in just one day!!!!
Great great great book!
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