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Title:Ancient Mystery Cults
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Walter Burkert
Publisher:Harvard University Press
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Number of Pages:192
Category:History, Religion, Mythology, Non fiction

Ancient Mystery Cults by Walter Burkert

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Ancient Mystery Cults The foremost historian of Greek religion provides the first comprehensive comparative study of a little known aspect of ancient religious beliefs and practices Secret mystery cults flourished within the larger culture of the public religion of Greece and Rome for roughly a thousand years This book is neither a history nor a survey but a comparative phenomenology Concentrating on five major cults In defining the mysteries and describing their rituals membership organization and dissemination Walter Burkert displays the remarkable erudition we have come to expect of him he also shows sensitivity and sympathy in interpreting the experiences and motivations of the devotees

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