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date: 28 September 2020

mystery cults 

The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

Graeco‐Roman mystery cults were forms of personal religious choice that may be assigned to one of three groups: ‘mystery’ proper, an entire initiatory structure of some duration and complexity, of which the exemplar is Eleusis; ‘mystic’ cult, involving not initiation but rather a relation of intense communion, typically ecstatic or enthusiastic, with the divinity (e.g. Bacchic frenzy (... ...

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