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Published by Harper & Row in San Francisco .
Written in English


  • Mysteries, Religious.,
  • Religions.

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Edition Notes

StatementJoscelyn Godwin.
LC ClassificationsBL610 .G63 1981
The Physical Object
Pagination176 p. :
Number of Pages176
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3785179M
ISBN 100060631406
LC Control Number81047423

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Books on mystery religions are few and far between, but even though this is over 30 years old, it's still a gem. No unnecessarily complicated text, no allusions to knowledge pools the reader is expected to know, just overviews of the major mystery religions and examples of their beliefs as depicted in ancient art. Couldn't put it down/5(3). Describes five ancient approaches to life, shows artifacts for a variety of early religions, and discusses each one's beliefs and rituals Mystery Religions in the Ancient World: Joscelyn Goodwin: : Books/5(3). Get this from a library! Mystery religions in the ancient world. [Joscelyn Godwin] -- "A lively, illustrated overview of the variety of mystery religions that flourished at the dawn of the Christian era. In clear, enlightened text and striking images, Mystery Religions holds up a.   After all, it is advertised as a “classic study” of ancient religious cults. To say the least, I was greatly disappointed. The book is not a detailed exposition of the assortment of mystery religions, but rather a sociological study of the supposed historical and intellectual-historical effects of mystery religions in by: 7.

A lively, illustrated overview of the variety of mystery religions that flourished at the dawn of the Christian era. In clear, enlightened text and striking images, Mystery Religions holds up a ''distant mirror'' to our own times, showing that the quest for spiritual illumination from Eastern religions, and emphasis on spiritual development and experience, and a concern for hidden . Mystery cults are one of the most intriguing areas of Greek and Roman religion. In the nocturnal mysteries at Eleusis, participants dramatically re-enacted the story of Demeter's loss and recovery of her daughter Persephone; in Bacchic cult, bands of women ran wild in the Greek countryside to honour Dionysus; in the mysteries of Mithras, men came to understand the . Mystery religion - Mystery religion - Mystery religions and Christianity: Christianity originated during the time of the Roman Empire, which was also the time at which the mysteries reached their height of popularity. This was by no means an accident. The Christian theologian Origen wrote in the 3rd century that it was part of the divine plan that Christ was born under the . Books shelved as ancient-religions: Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds: A Sourcebook by Daniel Ogden, Stonehenge by Bernard Corn.

Mystery Religions in the Ancient World Just read a fascinating book by the British author Joscelyn Godwin entitled "Mystery Religions in the Ancient World." I was especially interested in how she was able to identify five archetypal paths through which the ancients believed they could fathom the divine mysteries. Mystery religions, mystery cults, sacred mysteries or simply mysteries, were religious schools of the Greco-Roman world for which participation was reserved to initiates (mystai). The main characterization of this religion is the secrecy associated with the particulars of the initiation and the ritual practice, which may not be revealed to outsiders.   world, and the religions of Egypt and Babylonia illustrate the words of the evangelist. They form, as it were, the background and preparation for Judaism and Christianity; Christianity is the fulfilment, not of the Law only, but of all that was truest and best in the religions of the ancient world. In it the beliefs and. Mystery religion - Mystery religion - Beliefs and practices: For the first three centuries of the Christian Era, the different mystery religions existed side-by-side in the Roman Empire. They had all developed out of local and national cults and later became cosmopolitan and international. The mystery religions would never have developed and expanded as they did, however, .