Classical Greek Mythology

The Greek Mystery Cults and Hero Sagas

Why are the Eleusinian and Dionysian mysteries called “mysteries”?

As is the case with mystery religions or mystery cults in general, they are called “mysteries” because their ritual practices are/were cloaked in secrecy, known only to initiates. To this day the details of Eleusinian and Dionysian ceremonies remain to some extent mysterious.


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