09_2 Myths of Fertility, Demeter

09_2 Myths of Fertility, Demeter - Chapter Nine Lecture Two...

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Chapter Nine, Lecture Two The Eleusinian Mysteries Ancient Parallels
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The Eleusinian Mysteries “Mystês” “Initiates” Forbidden to disclose what went on the in Telesterion Fall ceremony to promote the growth of grain Presided over by the Eumolpids The hierophant ( hiera)
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The Eleusinian Mysteries All who could speak Greek and hadn’t committed murder could participate in the eight day ceremony Inside the telesterion, a sacred building, the Anaktoron was the center of a performance and (perhaps) a light show Perhaps a reenactment of the Demeter/Korê myth
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The Eleusinian Mysteries Initiates not given immortality per se, but guaranteed a blessed afterlife Advanced no more doctrine Closed in the 4 th century AD along with many other pagan centers
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Ancient Parallels
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Eastern Fertility Myths Babylonian Inanna and Dumuzi Egyptian Isis and Osiris Phrygian Cybele and Attis Aphrodite and Adonis
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Concepts to Observe Pattern of the dying divinity The grieving of the consort The quest Rebirth
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Inanna and Dumuzi Inanna = goddess of sex and war Dumuzi = her shepherd consort
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Inanna in the Underworld Inanna goes into the underworld to visit
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2010 for the course CLT 3370 taught by Professor Eaverly during the Spring '06 term at University of Florida.

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09_2 Myths of Fertility, Demeter - Chapter Nine Lecture Two...

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