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In [[:Category:Greek mythology|Greek mythology]], '''Minthe''' (also '''Menthe''', '''Mentha''', '''Mintho''', in Greek '''''Μένθη''''') was a [[nymph]] associated with the river Cocytus.  She was dazzled by Hades' golden chariot and was about to be seduced by him had not Queen [[Persephone]] metamorphosed Minthe into the pungently sweet-smelling mint, which some call ''hedyosmus''. The  ''–nth–'' element in ''menthe'' is characteristic of a class of words borrowed from a pre-Greek language: compare ''acanthus'', labyrinth, Corinth, etc.

In Ancient Greece, mint was used in funerary rites, together with rosemary and myrtle, and not simply to offset the smell of decay; mint was an element in the fermented barley drink called the ''kykeon'' that was an essential preparatory entheogen for participants in the Eleusinian mysteries, which offered hope in the afterlife for initiates. (Kerenyi 1967).
=== References ===
* Graves, Robert, (1955). ''The Greek Myths I'' (Revised Edition 1960). London: Penguin, pp 121,124.
* Kerenyi, Karl, 1967. ''Eleusis: Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter'', pp. 40, 179f (Princeton:Bollingen)
=== Sources ===
* Strabo:viii.3.14 [|viii.3.14]
* Ovid: ''Metamorphoses'' X: 728–731 []
[[Category:Greek mythology]][[Category:Nymphs]]

Revision as of 03:19, 18 April 2007