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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 autumnal m ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Princeton University Press (first published 1960)
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Barnaby Thieme
Jan 26, 2014 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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B.t. Newberg
Nov 21, 2011 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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Javier Girona
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dr Károly Kerényi superb book on the Eleusinian mysteries transports us into the magnificent world of Ancient human thought and into the archetype of the Mother-daughter cycle, seen from a mythological perspective. The writer compares myths within the Ancient world and with myths in Indonesia. It is true that he could have compared those archetypes to other myth stories in North Europe, America or Asia, to have more of a robust argument.

The festival was celebrated on a specific time of the year
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Araminta Matthews
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A useful exploration into the Eleusinian Mysteries and the historical and contextual primary and secondary accounts we have about this stronghold in Greek (and beyond) cultural activity. I would have preferred more translated source text of the actual myth offered perhaps as an appendix or two from one of the many major versions of it in Latin or Greek. I think academic texts like this are fabulous for scholars in the field, but lay people seeking to fulfill a dual scholarly-and-personal-interes ...more
Jaime
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adore you, Karl Kerenyi.
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Laura Janeiro
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un viaje al origen.
Robert
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
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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