Resounding mysteries: Sound and silence in the Eleusinian soundscape

The term ‘soundscape', as coined by the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer at the end of the 1960s, refers to the part of the acoustic environment that is perceivable by humans. This study attempts to reconstruct roughly the Eleusinian ‘soundscape' (the words and the sounds made and heard...

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Published in:Body and religion
Main Author: Petridou, Georgia 1978-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2018]
In:Body and religion
Year: 2018, Volume: 2, Issue: 1, Pages: 68-87
Further subjects:B Silence
B Korai
B sound
B Demeter
B Eleusis
B Mysteries
B soundscape
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Summary:The term ‘soundscape', as coined by the Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer at the end of the 1960s, refers to the part of the acoustic environment that is perceivable by humans. This study attempts to reconstruct roughly the Eleusinian ‘soundscape' (the words and the sounds made and heard, and those others who remained unheard) as participants in the Great Mysteries of the two Goddesses may have perceived it in the Classical and post-Classical periods. Unlike other mystery cults (e.g. the Cult of Cybele and Attis) whose soundscapes have been meticulously investigated, the soundscape of Eleusis has received relatively little attention, since the visual aspect of the Megala Mysteria of Demeter and Kore has for decades monopolised the scholarly attention. This study aims at putting things right on this front, and simultaneously look closely at the relational dynamic of the acoustic segment of Eleusis as it can be surmised from the work of well-known orators and philosophers of the first and second centuries ce.
ISSN:2057-5831
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1558/bar.36485