Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter. Front Cover. Karl Kerényi. Routledge & Kegan Paul, – Eleusinian mysteries – pages. Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter. Front Cover. Karl Kerényi. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 1, – Eleusinian mysteries – 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.

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The Relation of the Mysteries to the Grain. Sometimes, I just pick up an academic text because I’ve an interest kerenti the idea–without the source material the academic is unveiling, it’s challenging to get beyond a surface-level interest unless I choose from that pleasurable scholarly reading to essentially “back-pedal” my intrigue to books that might come “before” the text I picked up.

Debra rated it it was amazing Oct 05, Other editions – View all Eleusis: David rated it really liked it Mar 09, It seems to communicate an appeal to human universals, without relying on the collective unconscious on the one hand or existentialist philosophies on the other. Volume 16 of Mythos: Kerenyi examines the Mysteries of Eleusis from the standpoint not only of Greek Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

There is little in his reconstruction that is conclusive, and to an extent he is upfront about this.

HollowayStephanie A. When I write books, I want them to be like this. Refresh and try eleusls. A useful exploration into the Eleusinian Mysteries and the historical and contextual primary and secondary accounts we have about this stronghold in Greek and beyond cultural activity. It’s probably worth mentioning that he does very little hand-holding, so readers new to the topic are kal advised to do 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.


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. User Review – Flag as inappropriate great book. A Hermeneutical Essay on the Mysteries. Demeters Journey to Hades. At the same time, he distances his eleuzis from that of Jung in his introduction.

Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter

Dec 05, Sam Grace rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a shaky foundation indeed for one of the core elements of his reconstruction. Despite his rumor as the great Jungian interpreter of classical Greek culture, his arguments and observations were methodical and almost never theory-driven.

The Preparation and Effect of the Kykeon. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Gregory rated it it was amazing Oct 07, Published September 1st by Princeton University Press first published What Happened by the Ilissos?

His reconstruction is followed by a long “hermeneutical essay” on the Eleusinian mysteries which analyzes various minutiae, eleeusis I found it to be somewhat dispensable. The real action is in his reconstruction. A Biracial and Bicultural Reading of the Deana rated it liked it Oct 04, Angela Pm rated it it was amazing Feb 28, The meaning of this is about as difficult to pin down as that of Jung’s archetypes, but seems to refer in this case to the inescapable fact that all humans have mothers, and that mother-daughter relationships bear certain basic resemblances.


I would have preferred more translated source text of the actual myth offered perhaps as an appendix or two from one of the many major versions of it in Latin or Greek. Joanna rated it it was amazing Jul 11, The Geographical and Chronological Setting.

Demetrakopoulos Snippet view – The Myths concerning Demeter. Kerenyi examines the Mysteries of Eleusis from the standpoint not only of Greek myth but also of human nature.

From this perspective, he attempts to recover what went on in the mysteries. References to this book An American Triptych: Looking at the tendency to “see visions,” C.

Kerenyi examines the Mysteries of Eleusis from the standpoint not only of Greek myth but also of human nature. 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 from the first page to the doctorate they finally finish ten years after picking it up in the first place. But as he assembled evidence I became increasingly persuaded by his interpretation, as he demonstrated one element of the ritual after another to be clearly modeled on the Homeric hymn.

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