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The Sanctuary of Eleusis, near Athens, was the center of a religious cult that endured for nearly two thousand years and whose initiates came from all parts of the civilized world. Looking at the tendency to "see visions, " C. Kerenyi examines the Mysteries of Eleusis from the standpoint not only of Greek myth but also of human nature. Kerenyi holds that the yearly autumna ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Princeton University Press (first published 1960)
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Barnaby Thieme
Aug 19, 2016 Barnaby Thieme rated it it was amazing
The only other book I've spent any time with by Kerényi is his "Greek Gods," which I found encyclopedic and somewhat uninteresting. This work by contrast was an electrifying and careful reconstruction of the lost Eleusian mystery rites that constituted the preeminent religious initiation in the Greek-speaking world for many centuries, until they were forcibly brought to an end by the Christian Roman emperor Theodosius.

We have nothing but tantalizing hints and suggestions about what went on in t
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Dec 06, 2011 B.t. Newberg rated it liked it
Right up there with Jung and Joseph Campbell is a man named Carl Kerenyi. An exile from his native Hungary, Kerenyi wrote extensively on Greek mythology and played an important role in its revival. Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter, fourth in a series of related books, is his attempt to reconstruct and interpret what really went on in the Eleusinian Mysteries.

Like Jung and Campbell, Kerenyi writes from the perspective of psychology and humanism. At the same time, he distances his
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What was the secret philosophical doctrines behind the Eleusinian Mysteries? Although we cannot know for sure, Karl Kerenyi provides a very plausible possibility.
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Károly (Carl, Karl) Kerényi was one of the founders of modern studies in Greek Mythology.

Karl Kerenyi is also published under the names Carl Kerenyi and Károly Kerényi.
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