Eleusis has ratings and 6 reviews. Barnaby said: The only other book I’ve spent any time with by Kerényi is his Greek Gods, which I found encyclope. : Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter: pages. Dimensions: in. x in. x Sanctuary of Eleusis, near Athens, was. Get this from a library! Eleusis: archetypal image of mother and daughter. [Karl Kerényi].

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Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter

Share your thoughts with other customers. Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. We might have finally figured out what the priests and priestesses of Eleusis showed to the initiates.

Looking at the tendency achetypal “see visions, ” C. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But we have to use our imaginations to recreate the feeling it must have given them, the meaning it must have held, in a less cynical age than our own.

Kerenyi’s conclusions are based on a wide variety of disjointed material, lined up and juxtaposed in interesting ways but hardly connected into a logical argument. Open Preview See a Problem?

I would have preferred more translated source text of the actual myth offered perhaps as off appendix or two from one of the many major versions of it in Latin or Greek.

English translation Original Language: The Preparation and Effect of the Kykeon. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. The real action is in his reconstruction. He doesn’t dismiss vital details in favor of hard ideas. Demetrakopoulos Snippet view – Paperbackpages.

Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter – Karl Kerényi – Google Books

A Biracial and Bicultural Reading of the This book is a sincere attempt to piece together the secret of the Eleusinian Mysteries. It’s probably worth mentioning that he does very little hand-holding, so readers new to the topic are well advised to ikage some preliminary work by perhaps reading an encyclopedia article or three to absorb the basics, and one certainly wants to have good familiarity with the Homeric Hymn to Demeter.


Thousands of Greeks lined up to receive initiation year after year, and afterward they raved of a beatific vision that completely dispelled their fear of death. I’d love to see publishers take up this charge–create an academic book that is intended to be read by the brainy beach-goer; rife with citations and footnotes and primary sources, but still narrative enough as to tease that brainy reader eleeusis the first page to the doctorate they finally finish ten years after picking it up in the first place.

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Joanna rated it it was amazing Jul 11, ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Although we cannot know for sure, Karl Kerenyi provides a very plausible possibility. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. New Dimensions of Spirituality: On the Threshold of the Telesterion.

The meaning of this is about as difficult to pin down as that of Jung’s archetypes, eleuis seems to refer in this case to the inescapable fact that all humans have mothers, and that mother-daughter relationships bear certain basic resemblances.

As he explores what the content of the mysteries may have been for those who experienced them, he draws on the study of archaeology, objects of art, and religious history, and suggests rich parallels from other mythologies.

Lists of Works Cited. But he never does put forward any more evidence, and the mere repitition of his thesis, stated in no uncertain terms over and over, threatens to lull the reader into agreement.


There is little in his reconstruction that is conclusive, and to an extent he is upfront about this. He says “My book should act as the kykeon of Eleusis in all probability did: Like Jung and Campbell, Kerenyi writes from the perspective of psychology and humanism.

The Sanctuary of Eleusis, near Athens, was the center of a religious cult that endured for nearly two thousand years and whose initiates came from all parts of the civilized world.

What was the secret philosophical doctrines behind the Eleusinian Mysteries? There’s a problem loading this menu right now. It seems to archerypal an appeal to human universals, without relying on the collective unconscious on the one hand or existentialist philosophies on the other. For example, in chapter two he concludes that the ineffable secret arrheton of Eleusis was a certain goddess, and the only evidence he provides at the time is the epithet “ineffable maiden” arrhetos kourawhich only she possesses.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Elizabeth Siddal rated it it was amazing Mar 04, Reflecting the many arcchetypal altered dieties in present day pantheist religions he jusxtaposes the various tidbits that have filtered through time into a beautiful kaleidoscopic inquiry. A Hermeneutical Essay on the Imagee. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

Feb 13, Robert rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the greatest strength of the book.

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The Uniqueness of the Eleusinian Mysteries. One person found this helpful. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Nov 21, B.