I had to share this, it is a remarkable job that I found at random on DA.
there is another one as nice as this...great details.
I wish I could be as good :(
Elysium by ~koalacid on deviantART
"The Eleusinian Mysteries were initiation ceremonies held every year for the cult of Demeter and Persephone based at Eleusis in ancient Greece. Of all the mysteries celebrated in ancient times, these were held to be the ones of greatest importance. These myths and mysteries, begun in the Mycenean period (c. 1500 BC), were a major festival during the Hellenistic era and later spread to Rome.
The rites, cultist worships, and beliefs were kept secret, as initiation was believed to unite the worshipper with the gods and included promises of divine power and rewards in the afterlife. There are many paintings and pieces of pottery that depict various aspects of the Mysteries. Since the Mysteries involved visions and conjuring of an afterlife, some scholars believe that the power and longevity of the Eleusinian Mysteries came from psychedelic agents."
I have also read of modern theories that base the rites on the consumption of psychoactive substances such as ergot , a kind of fungus or perhaps syrian rue.
Fascinating story either way.
Sharp-pencil on illustration cartridge / PC mirror
from Koalacid on DA