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"Villa dei Misteri: Sala del Grande Dipinto (II)" Top 5 Page for this destination Villa dei Misteri Tip by Cristian_Uluru

Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii: 18 reviews and 52 photos

  Disclosure of the mysticism "vannus"
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From the centre of the great fresco inside the Villa of the Mysteries you can see:

- Disclosure of the mysticism "vannus": a knelt youth protects with the hand an object hidden in the basket: the "phallos" emblem of the fertility, close to her there a winged figure lifts a long rod, the woman whipped by the winged demon sheltered herself in the womb of a friend.
- Nude girl dance whirling in prey to the orgiastic exaltation;
- Lavatory of a bride that should get ready herself to the initiation of the mysteries;
- Wrapped woman sat on a chair.

This fresco is the biggest one of the ancient time and the subject of the frescoes is hotly debated among scholar: the most common interpretation of the images is scenes of the initiation of a woman into a special cult of Dionysus, a mystery cult that required specific rites and rituals to become a member.

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