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date: 28 September 2020

mystery cults 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
Author(s):
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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