Definition of Eleusinian mysteries in English:

Eleusinian mysteries

plural noun

  • The annual rites performed by the ancient Greeks at the village of Eleusis near Athens in honour of Demeter and Persephone.

    • ‘There he was initiated in the Eleusinian mysteries, visiting many other cities before his return to Rome, via Sicily, in summer 125.’
    • ‘In addition to that, I also discovered that the person who first put forward the theory that psychotropic substances were involved in the Eleusinian mysteries was Robert Graves.’
    • ‘Hadrian himself had worshipped at the ancient shrine of the Eleusinian mysteries in Greece and a variety of mystery religions became respectable and accepted.’
    • ‘Demeter, goddess of the Eleusinian mysteries, progenerated wheat from her womb and delegated it to her son, Triptolemus, to distribute around the world's cultures.’
    • ‘Here, a script of the Eleusinian mysteries is alluded to, as people re-enacted Demeter's actions after her daughter was stolen from her.’

Pronunciation:

Eleusinian mysteries

/ˌɛljuːˈsɪnɪən/