Archives for Christian initiation

An excellent introduction and overview of the subject of Mystery Cults

Mystery Cults of the Ancient World by Hugh Bowden Princeton University Press, 2010 ISBN 978-0-691-14638-6 available from Amazon Hugh Bowden is senior lecturer in ancient history at King’s College, London. His beautifully illustrated book, Mystery Cults of the Ancient World, is an excellent and accessible overview and introduction to the mystery cults in the ancient world that required rituals of initiation. Among the cults covered in the book are the Eleusinian mysteries focused on Demeter and Kore (Persephone), the cult of Dionysus, the originally Egyptian cult of Isis which spread throughout the Mediterranean, and finally the cult of Mithras, a
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