CIMRM 191 - Initiation ceremony 3. S. Maria Capua Vetere, Italy.
In the third panel, the initiand is again kneeling on one knee, with his
hands tied behind him. The sword seems to be lying beside him on the
ground, which may mean that he has successfully passed the first test. A t
any rate, he is no longer blindfolded. The assistant mystagogue is again
standing behind him, this time setting a crown on his head (V 191). This
may be an illustration of the crown-ritual described by Tertullian, De cor. 15
These are the five panels which Clauss identifies as the initiation series, one per grade.
CIMRM 187 - Initiation ceremony 1. S. Capua Vetere, Italy.
CIMRM 188 - Initiation ceremony 2. S. Capua Vetere, Italy.
CIMRM 191 - Initiation ceremony 3. S. Capua Vetere, Italy.
CIMRM 194 - Initiation ceremony 4. S. Capua Vetere, Italy.
CIMRM 193 - Initiation ceremony 5. S. Capua Vetere, Italy.
Number of entries: 5
Minto, 370 and fig. 13; Turchi, RRA, Tav. XXIV, 2. See fig. 59.
The nude myste, red painted, with his hands tied behind his back, kneels down
on one knee. A sword by his side. The figure of the mystagogus behind him, dressed
in white, is indistinct. He lays his hand on the head of the myste. Further down
the outlines of a third person.