On the Nature of… Mystery Cults

This episode took me weeks of reading and re-reading! Becoming side-tracked was my state of being this entire time.

When I’m re-teaching myself about this topic, I got wildly sidetracked. I couldn’t so much as look at a map without analyzing 10 more. Then while reading, I would need looking up a specific work in Greek which took me to reading material in Greek, which, of course, took me back to the dictionary to look up more words. Then I’d find a word that reminded me of a book which would inspire me to read said book even if it had no relevance to the topic at hand. Then that book would remind me of a historical sourcebook that I own which would captivate me further. Then my brain would need a nap, of course, so I would rest, wake up, and do the same exact cycle again. It took me forever to get a grip.

But now it’s here and we have a quick overview of three popular Mysteries from the olden days.

Sources that I used:

Homeric Hymn to Demeter
Homeric Hymn to Hermes
Orphic Religious Ideas
When I walked the dark road of Hades: Orphic katabasis and the katabasis of Orpheus

Apuleius. The Golden Ass, or, A Book of Changes. Translated by Joel C. Relihan, Hackett, 2007.

Edmonds, Radcliffe G. Redefining Ancient Orphism: A Study in Greek Religion. Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Karoglou, Kiki. “Mystery Cults in the Greek and Roman World.” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/myst/hd_myst.htm (October 2013)

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