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Eleusinian mysteries

noun
1.
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.
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1635-1645
1635-45
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Eleusinian mysteries

plural noun
1.
a mystical religious festival, held in September at Eleusis in classical times, in which initiates celebrated Persephone, Demeter, and Dionysus
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