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Headword: Μύησις
Adler number: mu,1386
Translated headword: initiation
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] learning, instruction, understanding.[1]
It is said from celebrating mysterious and secret [rites], or because when they shut [μύοντας ] their senses and go beyond bodily imagination they receive divine illumination.[2]
Greek Original:
Μύησις: μάθησις, κατήχησις, ἐπιστήμη. εἴρηται δὲ παρὰ τὸ μυστήρια καὶ ἀπόρρητα τελεῖσθαι, ἢ διὰ τὸ μύοντας τὰς αἰσθήσεις καὶ ἐπέκεινα σωματικῆς φαντασίας γενομένους τὰς θείας εἰσδέχεσθαι ἐλλάμψεις.
Notes:
cf. generally mu 1385, mu 1422.
[1] Likewise in the Synagoge, Photius (mu576 Theodoridis), the Lexica Segueriana (304.12), and a gloss on Dionysius the Areopagite (PG 4.26c); similarly elsewhere.
[2] Source (not identified by Adler but identifiable via the TLG): ps.-Nonnus, Scholia Mythologica 4.69 (where the subject of εἴρηται is τὸ μυεῖσθαι "to be initiated").
Keywords: definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 8 August 2009@01:19:47.
Vetted by:
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