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Dionysos - Villa of Mysteries Pompei - The crystal ball

Identifier

001248

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

In the Villa of Mysteries in Pompei there is a fresco that shows either the technique of Looking at shiny objects   or Looking at a crystal ball, that may have been used as part of the Dionysian Mysteries.

In the background we see a mask.

The lad at the back is holding a shield.

The man holding the bowl is wearing a wreath.

The silver bowl is reflective like a mirror, so symbolically and literally the initiate is searching in the spiritual world for answers about his destiny, and  personality .

A description of the experience

The source of the experience

Dionysos [and the Dionysian Mysteries]

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Destiny
Personality

Symbols

Mask
Shield
Wreath

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

References