Eleusinian mysteries

Eleusinian mysteries

noun
the mysteries, celebrated annually at Eleusis and Athens in ancient times, in memory of the abduction and return of Persephone and in honor of Demeter and Bacchus.

Origin:
1635–45

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Eleusinian mysteries
 
pl n
a mystical religious festival, held in September at Eleusis in classical times, in which initiates celebrated Persephone, Demeter, and Dionysus

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