Friday, December 7, 2012

Plates of Gold - Orphic Inscription

"Orphic inscription. Mystery religions, emerging in Greece after 500 BC, gave a hope of better afterlife. The instruction from this golden plate found in Thessaly describe the path to be followed in the underworld to ensure salvation. The standard formula: the dead soul is thirsty. It is guided to the proper spring. In front of Persephone the soul repeats the formula 'I am the pure one amongst the pure', to show that it has been initiated in the Orphic mysteries and has received the gift of immortality. It ends with the expression ‘like a kid I threw myself towards the milk'. IV BC. Getty Museum."

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