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There is nothing to suggest that a ritual rebirth was effected by a sacramental
lustration, or sacred meal, at any point in the Eleusinian ritual. What is indicated
is that the neophytes (mystae) emerged from their profound experience with an ...
Under such a theory the absolution and reinstatement of the king meant the
renewal of land and people. Perhaps behind this theory was a ritual similar to
that found among African coronations of prehistory (as, for example, among the ...
Part of the importance of religious ritual is that in the realm of the sacred all things
have their place. In order for human existence to prosper (or even continue) it
must correspond as closely as possible to the divine pattern (destiny, or will).
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