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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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Sanctuary of Eleusis, near Athens, was the center kerenyk a religious cult that endured for nearly two thousand years and whose initiates came from all parts of the civilized world.

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. Kerenyi holds that the yearly autumna The Sanctuary of Eleusis, near Athens, was the center of a religious cult that endured for nearly two thousand years and whose initiates came from all parts of the civilized world.

Kerenyi holds that the yearly autumnal “mysteries” were based on the ancient myth of Demeter’s search for her ravished daughter Persephone–a search that he equates not only with woman’s quest for completion but also with every person’s pursuit of identity.

As he explores what the content of the mysteries may have been for those who experienced them, he draws on the study of archaeology, objects of art, and religious history, and suggests rich parallels from other mythologies.

Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter by Karl Kerényi

Paperbackpages. Published September 1st by Princeton University Press first published To see what your eleudis thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Dleusisplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Eleisis 26, Barnaby Thieme rated it it was amazing Shelves: This work by contrast was an electrifying and careful reconstruction of the lost Eleusian mystery rites that constituted the preeminent religious initiation in the Greek-speaking world for many centuries, until they were forcibly brought to an end by the Christian Roman emperor Theodosius.

I was initially skeptical of this approach, as it struck me as analogous to reconstructing the Catholic mass based on a careful reading of the Gospels, which would clearly not be possible.

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.

I was also struck by the fact that this work is at heart a careful work of philology, archaeology, and eleusid reading of the surviving material. Despite his rumor as the great Jungian interpreter of classical Greek culture, his arguments and observations were methodical and almost never theory-driven. The book has all the excitement of a detective novel unfolding, and when he brings you inside the Telesterion at last, it’s purely electrifying. His reconstruction is followed by a long “hermeneutical essay” on the Eleusinian mysteries which analyzes various minutiae, and I found it to be somewhat dispensable.

The real action is in his reconstruction. It’s probably worth mentioning that he does very little hand-holding, so readers new to the topic are well advised eleusiz 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.


It probably should have been included as an appendix, as it’s relatively short.

One final note – the book is replete with useful elwusis, which sometimes aren’t adequately detailed to supplement his careful reading of the archaeological objects, but it’s terrific nonetheless to see some of the sites and objects related in the Hymn in excellent reproductions. Nov 21, B. Newberg rated it liked it.

An exile from his native Hungary, Kerenyi wrote extensively on Greek mythology and played an important role in its revival. Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter, fourth in a series of related books, is his attempt to reconstruct and interpret what really went on in the Eleusinian Mysteries.

Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter

Like Jung and Campbell, Kerenyi writes from the perspective of psychology and humanism. At the same time, he distances his view from that of Jung in his introduction. Although Kerenyi uses eleusid term “archetype” he does not mean it in the full Jungian sense. He speaks rather of “archetypal facts of human existence” p.

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. kerneyi

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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.

From this perspective, he attempts to recover what went on in the mysteries. There is little in his reconstruction that is conclusive, and to an extent he is upfront about this. He says “My book should act as the kykeon of Eleusis in all probability did: In other words, he intends to suggest and inspire, ekrenyi to declare fact. This must be kept in mind by the reader, as Kerenyi has a slippery way of posing arguments. For example, in chapter two he concludes that the ineffable secret arrheton of Eleusis was a certain eldusis, and the only evidence he provides at the time is the epithet “ineffable maiden” arrhetos kourawhich only she possesses.

Kerenyi then defers further evidence till later, saying “This becomes kerenyj only as we gradually penetrate to the core of the Mysteries” p. But he never does put forward any more evidence, marl the mere repitition of his thesis, stated in no uncertain terms over and over, threatens to lull the reader into agreement.

This is a shaky foundation indeed for one of the core elements of his reconstruction. It is necessary to bear in mind this matter of style to avoid being misled. What is most impressive about Kerenyi’s Kerenyyi is the vast range of material pulled together. The entire gamut of literature, vase paintings, numismatics, and archaeology comes together to form this picture of Eleusis. Often it is quite difficult to discern what that picture is exactly, but nevertheless there are kerennyi for research on every page that would take a lifetime for the amateur Classicist to accumulate.

This is the greatest strength of the book. A much lesser strength is the reconstruction itself. 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. Truthfully, Eleuzis cannot put any faith at all in his hypotheses, except by recalling that they are intended as “stimulants.

This book kerenti recommendable to anyone looking to expand their Eleusinian horizons beyond the Homeric Hymn to Demeter. There are so many obscure and specialist references presented here that one cannot help but benefit.

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Those looking for clear, reliable answers will be frustrated, while those hungry for directions for contemplation will get their fill.

Fleusis 03, Araminta Matthews eleksis it really liked it. A useful exploration into the Eleusinian Mysteries elesuis the historical and contextual primary and secondary accounts we have about kegenyi stronghold in Greek and beyond cultural activity.

I would have preferred more translated source text of the actual keernyi offered perhaps as an appendix or two from one of the many major versions of it in Latin or Greek. I think academic texts like this are fabulous for scholars in the field, but lay people seeking to fulfill a dual scholarly-and-personal-interes A useful exploration into the Eleusinian Mysteries and the historical and contextual primary and secondary accounts we have about this stronghold in Greek and kfrenyi cultural activity.

Otherwise, we must toggle between versions of the source simultaneously as we examine the analysis of those versions. It’s a standard method for scholars, but I read this book for pleasure–there must be a way we can move scholarly writing into the domain of pleasure-reading for those readers such as I who occupy the liminal spaces of the reading world. Sometimes, I just pick up an academic text because Kaarl an interest in 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 eleusid I picked up.

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 kedenyi footnotes and primary sources, but still narrative enough as to tease that brainy reader from the first page to the kersnyi they finally finish ten years after picking it up in the first place.

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