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they heard the crash of falling roofs an instant more and the mountain-cloud seemed to roll towards them dark and rapid like a torrent at the same time it cast forth from its bosom a shower of ashes mixed with vast fragments of burning stone Over the crushing vines- over the desolate streets- over the amphitheatre itself- far and wide- with many a mighty splash in the agitated sea- fell that awful shower Even though destroyed by Mt Vesuvius August 24 79AD The Villa of Mysteries is full of Pompeian artifacts The famous mural featuring the cult of Dionysus is amongst this 55room villa Villa of Mysteries was once flourishing with plant life bronzed statues and people working and living in and around the villa The frescoes in the Villa of Mysteries provide us the opportunity to glimpse something important about the rites of passage for these privileged women of Pompeii The interior design of the homes or villas were not paintings hanging from nails but they were painted actually onto the wall The cult of Dionysus is one of these painted murals founded in the Villa of Mysteries the frieze is 10 ft high and 56 ft long The term mysteries refers to secret initiation rites of the Classical world The mural exploits the Initiation rites which were originally ceremonies to help individuals grow up This ceremony was designed to bring women into the marrying stage of life Occasionally a priest or priestess guided the initiate through the ritual and at the end of the ceremony the initiate was welcomed into the group with open arms Villa of Mysteries seem to be aimed at preparing privileged protected girls for the psychological transition to life as married women The frescoes in the Villa of Mysteries provide us the opportunity to glimpse something important about the rites of passage for these privileged women of Pompeii Scene
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