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Headword: Μυστήρια
Adler number: mu,1485
Translated headword: mysteries
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
[Meaning] rites.[1]
Mysteries received their name because the hearers keep their mouth shut and report these matters to noone; μύειν means to close the mouth.[2]
Greek Original:
Μυστήρια: τελεταί. Μυστήρια ἐκλήθη παρὰ τὸ τοὺς ἀκούοντας μύειν τὸ στόμα καὶ μηδενὶ ταῦτα ἐξηγεῖσθαι. μύειν δέ ἐστι τὸ κλείειν τὸ στόμα.
Notes:
See also mu 1486.
[1] (cf. tau 267.) Same glossing in Photius (mu625 Theodoridis) and elsewhere.
[2] From the scholia to Aristophanes, Frogs 456.
Keywords: aetiology; comedy; definition; dialects, grammar, and etymology; religion
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 10 May 2004@13:06:04.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (minor changes to tr; added notes and another keyword) on 11 May 2004@03:26:33.
David Whitehead on 30 May 2013@04:55:55.

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