Mystery religions sacred mysteries or simply mysteries were religious schools of the greco roman world for which participation was reserved to initiates mystai the main characterization of this religion is the secrecy associated with the particulars of the initiation and the ritual practice which may not be revealed to outsiders. Mystery cults of the ancient world hugh bowden on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers this is the first book to describe and explain all of the ancient worlds major mystery cults one of the most intriguing but least understood aspects of greek and roman religion in the nocturnal mysteries at eleusis. Mystery cults are one of the most intriguing areas of greek and roman religion they were an important part of life in the ancient mediterranean world but their actual practices were shrouded in secrecy and much of what they were about has remained uncl. This is the first book to describe and explain all of the ancient worlds major mystery cults one of the most intriguing but least understood aspects of greek and roman religion in the nocturnal mysteries at eleusis participants dramatically re enacted the story of demeters loss and recovery of . Shrouded in secrecy ancient mystery cults fascinate and capture the imagination a pendant to the official cults of the greeks and romans mystery cults served more personal individualistic attitudes toward death and the afterlife
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