Among the most popular divinities was Demetra mysterious, revered
both in Thrace and the Greek regions. Mircea Eliade argues that
"morphologically, it continues the great goddess of the Neolithic."
Demetra was considered the goddess of agriculture, fertility cycles
and harmony of nature. She was revered by special ceremonies with
dances, songs, pantomime and other forms of agrarian rites. Her
cult center was at Eleusis, near Athens. These mysteries have continued
for almost 2000 years. These ceremonies not only the initiated could
participate, the main teachings revealing the mysteries of the universe,
duplication astral trance-inducing mystical contemplation in adoration
or to the Deity, dezvaluin mysteries of archetypal symbols that
are reflected in all creation as all that was manifested being studied
by various occult sciences such as numerology, tarot, astrology,
Mysteries of Eleusis were officially recognized and protected led
by high priests. Before initiation candidates were required a thorough
cleansing ritual, fasting and sacrifices.