Prince of the Tabernacle

     Nothing of this recital is historical; but the whole is an allegory or sacred fable, containing a meaning known only to those who were initiated into the Mysteries.  All the incidents were astronomical, with a meaning still deeper lying behind that explanation, and so hidden by a double veil.  The Mysteries, in which these incidents were represented and explained, were like those of Eleusis in their object, of which Pausanias, who was initiated, says that the Greeks, from the remotest antiquity, regarded them as the best calculated of all things to lead men to piety.