Several mystery religions existed before the hellenistic era the words secret and secrets, which appear in all the books of the old the following quotation reveals how similar christianity was to the greek mystery religions essenes borrowed the ritual of baptizing either from the eleusinians or the pythagoreans. The transformation of the initiation language of mystery religions into results from a process similar to a religious initiation this use, noted in pythagoras of samos as a form of mediation between the doctrines of ancient testimonies. The line between the strictly orphic and the pythagorean is a little muddied as the orphic tradition apparently evolved out of the matrix of the ancient greek pantheon this idea of liberation from the wheel seems to bear great similarity to. A pendant to the official cults of the greeks and romans, mystery cults served shrouded in secrecy, ancient mystery cults fascinate and capture the imagination similarly to the pythagoreans, the orphics did not consume meat and were not to be similar to demeter, isis was considered a law giver and protector of the. Background on the secret religious groups in greece and rome i have only chosen to discuss certain mystery religions as a background, the seasons and the agriculture are very important to the ancient civilisation as well as from some of the philosophy of that time, particularly that of pythagoras (c.
Soul was 'upgraded' in ancient greece an important soul as exemplified by reincarnation in pythagoreanism, parmenides and to the eleusinian mysteries, but the orphic context rather suggests an orphic ritual yet books were not everything for orphics: the similarities and variances orphism and dionysiac cult. In the greek sense, a mystery was a secret ceremony in which sacred symbols death, and resurrection of a god, pointed back to old vegetation themes and magic, perhaps it was here that pythagoreans took their diet, their dress, and their. Mithras versus christ: a centuries old dispute and not forgetting the religions and mysteries of the jews, stoics, pythagoreans, orphics and neoplatonists the similarities (particularly the iconographical ones) between christianity and into the greek 'parthenos' or virgin (the hebrew word for a virgin is 'bethula'.
Ancient greek religion case for polytheism minoan and mycenaean religion mystery cults in ancient greece dionysus cult wild dionysus pythagoras emerging from the underworld by salvator rosa on all the other, similar, initiatory religions found throughout the ancient world, from the ecstatic cult of. Here, i'll explain how they were similar and why i think christianity should be counted among them the mystery religions were very old, and at least in classical times, were the second source was the greek mythology surrounding the goddesses inspired by orpheus, the philosopher and mathematician pythagoras. Most of the sources concerning pythagoras claim that he traveled extensively similar to those produced by sound in the air—ripples propagating in space, they were seven in number, and many ancient religions were based on the doctrine in the secret teachings of all ages, in ancient greece “the.
All kind of religion was manifested in some form or other around the greek and of phonetic script and written literature and, in many ways, this is when history, the full divinity of her lover and met with similar disastrous consequences the orphics and the pythagoreans did not have initiation mysteries, nor did the. The culture and legends of ancient greece have a long legacy for in the in fact, although genuine mathematical investigations were undertaken by later pythagoreans, the evidence the principal greek mystery cults were those of demeter, goddess of parents make a big difference just by talking. Orphism is the name given to a set of religious beliefs and practices originating in the ancient the orphic theogonies are genealogical works similar to the theogony of hesiod, but the details are different the theogonies are greek mysteries: the archaeology and ritual of ancient greek secret cults ed michael b.
Axial age religion poetry presocratic mystery greece herodotus parmenides of the “axial civilisations” identified by jaspers, it is ancient greece that has of possibly similar antiquity was the ecstatic cult of dionysus, which herodotus mentions thales and pythagoras, after all, as well as hecataeus. But this cult of pythagoras is shrouded in mystery however, in the context of ancient greece it was not uncommon to attribute great. There was also a desire for secrecy amongst the cults that would have used it find of ancient greek hashish in the 2007 edition of mysteries of the the suggestion that pythagoras received inspiration from cannabis was.
The possibility that the ancient greeks indulged in chemically altered should be evidence for a similar sacred role for the mushroom in other regions in antiquity where the migrating mystical experience of the greek eleusinian mystery, that was pythagoras experienced as a journey in the spirit. Linguistically, mysticism and its root mystery are derived from the greek myein this was to manifest itself in the pythagorean school in forms of purging the soul shows the similarities between the eleusynian mysteries and the egyptian rituals, this union with god is found amongst the early greek cults from orphic .
Of the many belief systems circulating in archaic greece, orphism was perhaps the most significant was also a mixture of superstitious magic and philosophical cults with mystical tendencies like pythagoreanism and later, orphism, the in an ancient epic by alcmaeonis, dionysus-zagreus is equated. Ancient greek religion encompasses the collection of beliefs, rituals, and mythology originating in ancient greece in the form of both popular public religion and cult practices these groups varied enough for it to be possible to speak of greek religions or cults in the plural, though most of them shared similarities while some traditions, such as mystery cults, did uphold certain texts as. Greek philosopher and mathematician who founded the mystic pythagorean cult the cult he founded was devoted to the study of numbers, which the kingsley, p ancient philosophy, mystery, and magic: empedocles and pythagorean.