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Eleusinian mysteries

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plural noun

the mysteries, celebrated annually at Eleusis and Athens in ancient times, in memory of the abduction and return of Persephone and in honor of Demeter and Bacchus.

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Origin of Eleusinian mysteries

First recorded in 1635–45
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Eleusinian mysteries

pl n

a mystical religious festival, held in September at Eleusis in classical times, in which initiates celebrated Persephone, Demeter, and Dionysus
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