Eleusis has ratings and 6 reviews. Barnaby said: The only other book I’ve spent any time with by Kerényi is his Greek Gods, which I found encyclope. : Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter: pages. Dimensions: in. x in. x Sanctuary of Eleusis, near Athens, was. Get this from a library! Eleusis: archetypal image of mother and daughter. [Karl Kerényi].

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At the same time, he distances his view from that of Jung in his introduction. Kerenyi’s conclusions are based on a wide variety of disjointed material, lined up and juxtaposed in interesting ways but hardly connected into a logical argument.

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. I was also struck by the fact that this work is at heart a careful work of philology, archaeology, and close reading of the surviving material. Kerenyi examines the Mysteries of Eleusis from the standpoint not only of Greek myth but also of human nature.

The Procession to Eleusis. I recommend this book as a formidable try to unravel one of the most important ancient pagan mysteries, that survived for more than a thousand years in the Ancient world.

Contents The Geographical and Chronological Setting. Add both to Cart Add dwughter to List. Kerenyi holds that the yearly autumnal “mysteries” were based on the ancient myth of Demeter’s search for her ravished daughter Persephone–a search that he equates not only with woman’s quest for completion but also with every person’s pursuit of identity.


David Mayans rated it it was amazing Aug 12, To ask other readers questions about Eleusisplease sign up. One person found this helpful. There are so many obscure and specialist references presented here that one cannot help but benefit. He speaks rather of “archetypal facts of human existence” p.

Thus, the Mysteries must not have centered around either of these events. Nov 03, Araminta Matthews rated it really liked it.

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Feb 13, Robert rated it it mohher amazing Shelves: Other editions – View all Eleusis: He uses multiple sources, art as well as writings. The Purification of Herakles. What was the secret philosophical doctrines behind the Eleusinian Mysteries? Looking at the tendency to “see visions,” C.

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Deana rated it liked it Oct 04, Michal rated it really liked it May 25, References to this book An American Triptych: Testimonies to the Beatitude of the Initiates. In the end, Kerenyi’s theory works quite well.


HollowayStephanie A. The hope of life in death was symbolized through Demeter’s offering of the grain, that will grow again. Debra rated it it was amazing Oct 05, Perhaps it is the translation into english keeping this a very fresh read on a beautiful and little umage subject.

A much lesser strength is the reconstruction itself. Dinysio Odinysio rated it it was amazing Jun 10, Pouring over the Greek myths, history and the social institutions, Kerenyi tries to ferret out the truth behind the mystery. The initiated had to fast and were given a drug the kykeon just before the procession. The Relation of the Mysteries to the Grain.

Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. It’s probably worth mentioning that he does very little hand-holding, so readers new to the topic are well advised to do some preliminary work by perhaps reading an encyclopedia article or three to absorb the basics, and one certainly wants to have good familiarity with the Homeric Hymn to Demeter.

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