The theory and doctrine of mysticism grew up in the soil of an older cult-practice. Greece received from abroad a deeply emotional religious cult, accompanied by practices that stimulated mysterious and extraordinary imaginings. The sparks of momentary illumination struck out by this faith were feel and fanned by mysticism till they became a YiYid and enduring flame. For the first time, clearly d;s-
ccrniblcthroughitsmysticalwrappings,wemeetwiththe beliefintheindestructibilityandeternallifeofthesoul: wemcc:titinthedoctrinesofamysticalsectwhichunitedin thewor~hipofDionysos.TheworshipofDionysosmusthave sownthefirstseedofthebeliefinanimmortallifeofthesoul. Toexpbinhowthismayhavehappened;tomakeclearto themindofthereaderhowtheessenceandinnerrealityof thatworship·wosboundtostirupthebeliefinanimmortal life-suchisournext(ask.