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If any person divulged any part of them he was regarded as having offended against the divine law, and by the act he is rendered himself hable to divine vengeance. It was accounted unsafe to abide in the same house with him, and as soon as his offence was made public he was apprehended. Similarly, drastic punishment was meted out to any person not initiated into the Mysteries who chanced 27 to be present at their ELEUSINIAN MYSTERIES AND RITES 28 even celebration, through ignorance genuine or error.
On day the Archon Basileus presided over all the cults of the city, and assembled the people at a place known as the Poikile Stoa. After the Archon this had Basileus, with four assistants, fices and prayers ing proclamation was wearing his robe of •' offered up sacri- for the welfare of Greece, the follow- Come, whoever made by office is the Archon Basileus, : clean of all and whose Come, whosoever pollution soul has not consciousness of sin. hath lived a hfe of righteousness and justice. Come PROGRAMME OF GREATER MYSTERIES all ye who speech are pure of heart can be 49 and of hand, and whose Whosoever hath not and an intelligible voice understood.
Ninth Day. Day —The ninth day was known as the was the custom on that day to fill two jugs with wine. One was placed towards the East and the other towards the West, and after the repetition of certain mystical of formulae Earthen Vessels, because both were overthrown, it the wine being — PROGRAMME OF GREATER MYSTERIES 61 upon the ground as a libation. The first of these formulae was directed towards the sky as a praj^er for rain, and the second to the earth as spilt a prayer for fertility.
Apollo: The Wind, the Spirit, and the God : Four Studies (Dunquin Series) by Karl Kerenyi