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I. History of Religions – II. Responses

I. History of Religions

1. Orphic-Dionysian mysteries.

The earliest Greeks anticipated a short and active life without any form of existence after death. The 6th century bce saw the appearance of religious alternatives that promised an afterlife in the beyond. One of these spread anonymously under the name of Orpheus; myths of Orpheus speak of deliverance from a senseless and cheerless netherworld. There was never a coherent re…

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Auffarth, Christoph, Wandrey, Irina and Graf, Fritz, “Orphism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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