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Mircea Eliade - Eggs and the Mysteries

Identifier

010979

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

Patterns in Comparative Religion – Mircea Eliade

Clay eggs have been found in a great many tombs in Russia and Sweden; with good reason Arne sees them as emblems of immortality.  In the ritual of Osiris, various ingredients – diamond dust, fig flour, aromatic spices and so on – are shaped into an egg – though we do not yet fully apprehend for what function.  The statues of Dionysos found in Boeotian tombs all have an egg in one hand to symbolise a return to life.  This explains the Orphic prohibition against eating eggs, for the prime object of Orphism was to escape from the unending cycle of reincarnation – to abolish, in other words, the periodic return to life

The source of the experience

Mysteries, the

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Egg
Reincarnation

Symbols

Resurrection

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Commonsteps

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