Tenth day | 23rd of Boedromion | Return
On the 23rd of Boedromion, the mystai could return home. The Greater Mysteries were over. In contrast to the imposing procession that brought them to Eleusis, the departure was a personal matter for each and every one of them. There was no requirement to pass through Athens, so those from other Greek cities or overseas destinations could leave directly for home, either by road or by sea. Many scholars consider that the day was ideal for the “gephyrismoi”. People gathered on the bridge of the Eleusinian Cephissus and hurled insults, jeers, and mockery at the initiates.
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