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Persephone Unveiled: Seeing the Goddess and Freeing Your Soul

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Persephone Unveiled reveals the goddess in all her guises, as the daughter of Demeter; the Queen of the Underworld; the archetypal female healer; and as a central figure in the Eleusinian Mysteries, where celebrants experienced sacred visions through secret rituals fueled by an LSD-like substance. The author examines the known details about the psychoactive agent and explo ...more
Paperback, 260 pages
Published June 9th 2006 by North Atlantic Books (first published May 31st 2006)
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Cynthia Haggard
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a magical book. Author Charles Stein takes us on a journey into the heart of the Eleusinian Mysteries, a spiritually transformative process that culminated in a rite at temple in Eleusis, a village near Athens after a week-long festival dedicated to Persephone and her mother Demeter.

The Mysteries were famous in the ancient world and mentioned by many people. However, the initiates who went through this process were sworn to secrecy as to the exact nature of the experience, so it has been
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Ragnell
Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: neo-pagans, wiccans
This one took me a while to finish mainly because anytime anyone asked me about it, I would launch into a detailed account of everything in the book.

It's absolutely fascinating stuff. The book takes a look at the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, historical accounts of Eleusis, the Odyssey and Illiad, the work of the Philosopher Parmenides, and some historical information on Ancient Greek Pharmocology to piece together as much as he can about the Eleusinian Mysteries. His theory? The initiates were treat
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Liz
Oct 13, 2010 rated it liked it
A detailed and focused exploration of the ancient Greeks' autumnal festival of Persephone and Demeter and the initiation of the mystai into the Eleusinian Mysteries. In addition to the image of the thespians or Bridge Jests, in one of the final stages of the journey, who via clown-like humor and horror caused the celebrants to shed a final layer of mental and physical protection against the great unknown they are about to encounter, I found the discussion of the ancient Greeks' understanding of ...more
Kay Baird
May 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A persuasive exposition of the nature of the Eleusinian Mysteries. This vision of Persephone integrates a shifting kaleidoscope of aspects of the Goddess, going beyond my concern with her relationship to sexuality; she embodies and effects a noncognitive experience of Being, much as Yeshey Tsogyel does, according to Anne Carolyn Klein in Meeting the Great Bliss Queen.
Dominique
Feb 23, 2012 rated it liked it
The best part of this book is the Homeric Hymn to Demeter at the end of the book.
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OK, so I'm a bit biased.
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