- The religious rites in honour of Demeter and Persephone held originallyat Eleusis in Attica and later at Athens. They were abolished by the Emperor Theodosius around the end of the 4th century AD. Originally an agrarian cult, the rites included feasting, processions, and religious dramas; the initiated supposedly obtained a happy life beyond the grave. As participants had to sweara vow of secrecy, little is known about the chief rites. see also Dionysus.