I thought this would be safest place to post this, where some like minded imaginations might be sparked. (and without being called a nutcase !)
I have always been fascinated by the Eleusinian mysteries of ancient Greece, truth be told I have always been fascinated by ancient Greece in general. For example it was documented Plato was an initiate of the Eleusinian mysteries. Where they took some sort of entheogen(kykeon), and it is also believed that most of the ancient Greek mythology was allegorical. For example(to me), Plato's allegory of the cave could easily be interpreted as a description of using these entheogens.
The most famous artifact from Eleusis is the Eleusis amphora, from around 650 B.C.(please have a close look at the images);
It is a depiction of Perseus cutting off Medusa's head while two other Gorgons(Medusa's sisters) watch on. It is a bit damaged, but you can clearly make out a human figure that is believed to be Athena and Perseus a bird and something else are damaged. The Gorgons are monsters but why are they so weird looking? The amphora was believed to be a tombstone of sorts but it contained the bones of a young boy.....
Below are some botanical drawings and photos of Peganum Harmala, note;
- The similarity between the seeds and their dresses
- As the pods ripen they split open
- The white five petal flowers (some have six but looks like they went back tried to change it)
- The fact that to harvest you have to cut off its head
On the neck of the amphora is this;
Which is a depiction of Polyphemos the cyclops who gets a spear in the eye from Odysseus and his cohorts after getting him drunk on strong undiluted wine.
Polyphemos who was usually depicted in ancient Greece as below with his eye on his forehead, his name means in Greek = abounding in songs and legends
Now a painter from the same time period (protoattic), painted this about the same time. note;
- The same motifs(like the five petal flower) are repeated on this amphora
- Look under the horses and what I call the ergot men's feet
The Spurlock Museum sold an artifact that was found at Eluesis it was dated 'High Classical, 3rd quarter of 5th century BCE' and is a figurine of Demeter(her dress was originally painted a light blue, some of it is still on there after all these years);
It is believed to be a votive offering, something that was somewhat mass-produced and cheap and meant to be left at the religious site as an offering. They say the back was cut out to help it dry, but i cannot help but think if you filled the goddess of grain' figurine with wet grain and a cap of a shroom the ones that did not contaminate would look pretty awesome when they fruited!
Food for thought..............