- The Mysteries took place in spring over the course of weeks—like Lent, Holy Week, and Easter—not far from Corinth where Paul established a Christian community.
- Christian rites are called “mysteries,” having borrowed the term from pagan rites.
- A certain drink taught by Demeter had importance in the Mysteries, as a drink of wine has importance in the Mass.
- The Mysteries included sacred objects, fasting, a procession, and a stupendous spectacle contrasting darkness and light with fire to effect a mix of contrasting emotions in those participating.
This post is titled "Pagan Easter 2" because it follows the first "Pagan Easter," and I say more on the Eleusinian Mysteries in "Easter Symbolized." I invite readers to contact me for sources to this information compiled from books in the St. John's Library. It's worth repeating that correctly reporting pagan history does not invalidate the core Christian message but does invalidate exclusive claims and literal interpretations.
Pagan Easter Response, April 18
Malcolm Nazareth:I like this very much. And one might say that this is again hidden in Christianity in that Mary was also a virgin birth (many Catholics believe this), which means she came before Jesus and according to Catholicism...she ascended without dying. When one gets into this... it gets us back to the Magdalenes [religious groups in medieval times] and their beliefs which were not unlike Druidic in many ways.
I also love the books by Tim Wallace-Murphy because he shows that connections between the Essenes, the Druids, the Egyptians, the ancient Persians, the …—can’t think of it...but one of the Indian belief systems—all overlap and they shared their advances through alchemy with each other..... and all had to be hidden from the marauding groups working to delete herstory and only have one history.It is Enough. .... and time for change!
You keep reminding us that Christianity needs to give up its pretensions of having fallen clean from the sky. We are from earth, of earth.
We are made of myths, beliefs, and practices recycled from earlier wisdom traditions and religious streams.
Our "unique" religion gradually took on the accoutrements of systems of domination and oppression down the centuries as a glacier picks up elements on its journey and makes it part of its own corpus. . . Today, at our own peril, we neglect to recognize and 'fess up to the history of our fashioning.
We risk becoming the most widespread, dominant, and therefore also the most oppressive religious tradition to plague humankind and planet earth.As promised before, I plan to post some wonderful songs and readings by Jann Aldredge-Clanton honoring the Divine Feminine.