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Before Persephone: More Tablets From Thurii (L 9–10AB)

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A different group consists of three tablets from Thurii, from the so-called Timpone piccolo (L 9-10a-b), two of which (L 10a, 10b) present the same text. All three begin in all almost identical way: someone makes a solemn declaration in the first person, addressing Persephone, Eucles and Eubouleus and the other gods. These tablets begin with a formula containing the exact words that are to be pronounced by the mystes, not in the presence of mere intermediaries, like the words he or she declared before the guardians in L 1-7. It is appropriate to interpret that when the initiate says 'I plunged beneath the lap', it means that he penetrates inside the goddess' womb in order to be born again, converted into a god.

Keywords:maternal womb; Persephone; tablets; Thurii (L 9-10ab)



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