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This book is neither a history nor a survey but a comparative phenomenology.

Walter Burkert, Ancient Mystery Cults

The foremost historian of Greek religion provides the first comprehensive, comparative study of a little-known aspect of ancient religious beliefs and practices. The reader has to reassemble the tips and bits of information dispersed all around to have a clear idea of each one of the mysteries cults described.

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Though it can be dense at times, this collection of talks by a very competent speaker contains an amazing amount of information on the much-alluded-to, little-understood budkert of mystery cults.


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