Kykeon is most famous for its use in the Rites of Demeter at the city of Eleusis where it was used by initiates to experience the mystery of death and rebirth in the ritual which has come to be known as The Eleusinian Mysteries. This mixture, however, differed significantly from the common drink in that it had psychoactive properties, most likely caused by the fungus Ergot on the barley gathered around Eleusis, which allowed participants in the Mysteries to reach a fuller understanding of their purpose in life and to shed their fear of death(as testimonials from ancient writers who participated in the Mysteries attest).
In the time of the Roman Empire Kykeon was still a popular drink made from water, wine, honey and barley with various herbs added to individual taste.
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