Menu
Your Cart
Catalog Orders: Orders are packed almost daily. Orders placed on business days before 2 PM Pacific will often go out the same day.
Custom Item Orders: 500 or fewer can be completed in 1-3 business days upon receiving completed artwork. 1,000 or fewer? 5-7 business days. More? 1-2 weeks.

Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos

Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
New
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos
Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos

Mystai: Dancing out the Mysteries of Dionysos by Peter Mark Adams

From the Publisher:

The Dionysian themed frescos of Pompeii’s Villa of the Mysteries constitute the single most important theurgical narrative to have survived in the Western esoteric tradition. No other practitioner account of the ritual process for conducting a mystery rite has survived down to today. The frescoes’ vivid and allusive imagery illuminates both the ritual activity of the participants as well as its esoteric import.

The frescoes, created in the most private rooms of the extensive Roman villa, were never meant to be seen by anyone other than the members of the all-female Bakkhic thiasos who conducted their most secret rites within them. Buried and preserved for posterity by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE, these stunning proto-Renaissance images guide the viewer through the consecutive stages of a theurgic rite of initiation into the mysteries of Dionysos.

Uniquely, these newly restored and, here for the first time, stunningly reproduced images guide the reader through the stages of initiation vividly illuminating the ritual activity.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Peter Mark Adams interprets the frescoes through the distinct performative lens of the ritualist drawing on current scholarship across the disparate fields of classical philology; the ritual dress codes of Greco-Roman priestesses; art history; and the comparative ethnography of rites of higher initiation to illumine the significance of the ritual grammar and the phenomenology of ritual participation.

Arising from within the unique interface between Greek and Roman culture in Southern Italy, the frescoes attest to the survival of an unbroken initiatic tradition of mystery rites of Dionysos on the Italian peninsula stretching back to the fifth century BCE.

Imperial 8vo (210 × 290 mm, landscape)
192 pp
38 images including full colour photographs of the restored frescoes

Issued in 3 editions –
fine / standard hardback / paperback

Contents

Introduction


I · The Performative Nexus of the Mysteries

Dionysos
Orphism
The mysteries i: Myesis
The cultures of dance i: The Korybantic dance
The mysteries ii: Telete
The cultures of dance ii: The circular chorus
The mysteries iii: Epoptai
The cultures of dance iii: The chorus of the stars
The deixis of sacred choral dance


II · The Mysteries in their Campanian Social Milieu

Dionysos in Campania
Dionysian thiasoi and lineage holders


III · Reading the Frescoes’ Implicit Narratives

The Villa of the Mysteries
The rooms and their frescoes
Designing an esoteric narrative
Modes of visuality
Imagistic modes of religion and the theatre of memory
Heterotopias and the interstices of initiatory space
Chronotopic inversion
The frescoes’ exotopic female gaze


IV · The Initiatory Drama of the Mysteries

Reading the frescoes

The north wall

i · Family group of itinerant initiatrix
ii · Ritual of purification
iii · The rural idyll
iv · The ‘alarmed woman’

The east wall

i · The Korybantic scene
ii · The epiphany of the gods
On the epiphanies of gods
Monosandalos
Ariadne as protomystês
Ariadne’s thread
iii · The initiatory crux

The south wall

i · Of this men shall know nothing
The role of entheogens in Bakkhic ritual
ii · The dance of the bakkhe
iii · The robing of the bride

The west wall

The Domina

Glossary


Write a review

Please login or register to review
  • Stock: 2
  • Weight: 38.00oz
  • Dimensions: 11.00in x 9.00in x 1.00in
$42.00

NEW IN THE CATALOG

from the publisher The spectre of witchcraft is haunting the West, the dead giving up their secrets. This is a ritual unveiling of these mysterie..
$22.00
from the publisher: The 2021 edition of The Red Goddess has been freshly typeset and is introduced with a preface by Alkistis Dimech. The Red ..
$22.00
From the Publisher: The Dionysian themed frescos of Pompeii’s Villa of the Mysteries constitute the single most important theurgical narrat..
$42.00
From the Publisher: Gordon White’s sequel to his acclaimed Star.Ships is a book of adventure and encounter, of optimism and heali..
$26.00
From the publisher: A defining text of the new magical renaissance, Star.Ships addresses the question of who we are now by tracing wher..
$26.00
For fun? For education? For attempting to win an argument? To be roasted by using them as a divination deck? Whatever way you use them, these cards..
$18.00
An entertaining and enthralling collection of myths, tales and traditions surrounding our trees, woodlands and forests from around the world. From ..
$17.99
Full disclosure, I loved the Go Ask Alice and Jay's Journal books as a younger teenager. As an older teenager growing up in Utah, I actually liste..
$26.95
from the publisher: "An in-depth course of study in the modern practice of traditional witchcraft.I stand in the meadow, at the forest's..
$18.95
This is a wild collection of essays: from the publisher: Enter the world of the occultist: where the spirits of the dead dwell amongst us, whe..
$24.00
This hardcover book is beautiful and comprehensive about cocktails and not just the witchcraft. A stunning collection of 70 witchcraft-inspired d..
$16.99
Shamanism, religion and magic have long acknowledged the significance of dreams as a bridge to the spirit world, and over time developed practices for..
$17.50
This right here is one of the reasons I love zines, to watch the process of a human as they navigate something new and uncertain. Follow Milo as they ..
$5.00
2022 July is International Zine Month Poster!
New Free
Free! The year they have a lino print! or grab a PDF to print yourself...
$0.00
While there is more to witchcraft than casting spells, it's hard to deny that spellcraft still plays a key part and is often how many of us start ..
$19.99
Issue 6 of Grimoire Silvanus, a zine with an interest in nature, folklore, magic, and the land. Inside issue 6 - Elderberries, Mental Pilgrimage, F..
$10.00
Pronoun Pinback Button: My Pronouns Are (1.25") Pronoun Pinback Button: My Pronouns Are (1.25")
New Hot
This is a 1.25" pinback button with Space to write in your pronouns. This is available in bulk quantities...
As low as $0.40
Pronoun Pinback Button: She/Her & They/Them (1.25") Pronoun Pinback Button: She/Her & They/Them (1.25")
New Hot
This is a 1.25" pinback button with the gender pronouns She/Her & They/Them. This is available in bulk quantities...
As low as $0.40
Pronoun Pinback Button: He/Him & They/Them (1.25") Pronoun Pinback Button: He/Him & They/Them (1.25")
New Hot
This is a 1.25" pinback button with the gender pronouns He/Him & They/Them. This is available in bulk quantities...
As low as $0.40
Pronoun Pinback Button: He/Him (1.25") Pronoun Pinback Button: He/Him (1.25")
New Hot
This is a 1.25" pinback button with the gender pronouns He/ Him. This is available in bulk quantities...
As low as $0.40
Pronoun Pinback Button: They/Them (1.25") Pronoun Pinback Button: They/Them (1.25")
New Hot
This is a 1.25" pinback button with the gender pronouns They/Them. This is available in bulk quantities...
As low as $0.40
Pronoun Pinback Button: She/Her (1.25") Pronoun Pinback Button: She/Her (1.25")
New Hot
This is a 1.25" pinback button with the gender pronouns She/Her. This is available in bulk quantities...
As low as $0.40
Sugar Needle #43
New 2-3 Days
In Sugar Needle #43 Corina Fastwolf and Pholx Icon are all hopped up and ready to go in a new issue of your favorite candy-themed zine! Hand-colored a..
$5.00
I really enjoyed this look at witchcraft through the lens of folk herbalism and foraging. it's a real hands-in-the-dirt view of traditional witchc..
$17.99
I'm sorry I didn't take photos of the color photos of amulets and talismans because they are really delightful. This book is packed with histo..
$22.99
From the same person who created the lovely Crow Tarot, here's the WIse Dog Tarot! Wise Dog Tarot was created as a tribute to the uncondition..
$22.95
Folklore, superstitions, and a Jawbreaker song share the habit of saying "Rabbit Rabbit" "Rabbits Rabbits Rabbits" or "white ..
$2.00
Jackie Cat is our intrepid work companion now that we are back working out of the house. He inspects the bins of buttons, the shelves of books and zin..
$2.00
"An extensive study of ancient books of magic and the magical practices preserved in the few remaining grimoires"-- Contributor Bio:Lecou..
$19.95
I really enjoyed Deborah Lipp's Magical Power for Beginners and had high hopes for this books too, and it did not disappoint! Deborah Lipps has a ..
$14.99
“To be pagan is to be connected to the land in a way that stands outside of—and often in opposition to—the concerns of the urban and..
$17.50
ISBN: 978-0-9934736-0-9 Pages: 128 Format: Hardback, high-quality litho-printed, sewn binding Size: 252mm × 196mm (approx. 9.9ʺ × 7.7ʺ)..
$28.00