Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Caves and the Ancient Greek MindDescending Underground in the Search for Ultimate Truth$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Yulia Ustinova

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199548569

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548569.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 19 February 2020

Near‐Death Experiences, Real and Make‐Believe

Near‐Death Experiences, Real and Make‐Believe

Chapter:
(p.218) 5 Near‐Death Experiences, Real and Make‐Believe
Source:
Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind
Author(s):

Yulia Ustinova (Contributor Webpage)

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548569.003.0006

The Greeks knew of at least two ways of ‘brushing with death’: near-death experiences and mystery initiations. The chapter surveys literary descriptions of passages through darkness in the visions of people who had been pronounced dead and eventually returned to life. These testimonies allude to tunnel experiences. This chapter also presents an overview of complex and richly documented cave experiences during mystery initiations (Eleusinian, Dionysiac, Orphic, Isiac, and Mithraic mysteries, some cases of male initiations). Mystery initiations as a way to overcome fear of death could be patterned to some extent by near-death experiences. Given the popularity of mystery cults, multifaceted cave experiences of numerous initiates were perhaps one of the most profound noetic sensations known to common people of the Classical world.

Keywords:   near-death experience, mystery initiations, Eleusinian, Dionysiac, Orphic, Isiac, Mithraic mysteries

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .